Thursday, March 15, 2012

Anderson, Panesar shine in tour starter

Colombo: James Anderson and Monty Panesar warmed up for England's 2-Test series against Sri Lanka with rich hauls in the tour opening in Colombo on Thursday.

Left-armer bowler Panesar claimed 5-37 and Anderson take 4-19 as England bowled out the Sri Lanka Board XI for 169 on the 1st day of the 3-day practice match at the Premadasa ground. The tourists were 6 for no loss off 7 balls before bad light ended play early. Skipper Andrew Strauss was on 6 and Alastair Cook had yet to score.
Anderson pick up the 1st four wickets before Panesar clean up the tail as the home team, led by Test wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayewardene, unsuccessful to settle in after elect to take 1st strike.Ashen Silva, a 21-year-old left-handed starter, was the batsman to defy the tourists, making 66 with 8 boundaries before he was 7th out at the stroke of tea.

Graeme Swann went wicket less in 18th over of off-spin in which he conceded 47 runs. England received a score before the start when pace bowler Stuart Broad, who was at first due to play, withdrawn from the match after spraining his left ankle during training. Broad, who was replace by Steven Finn, is predictable to be fit for the next 3-day game from March 20.

The first Test will be played in Galle from March 26 and the second at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo from April 3.

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