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England Slips to 57-3 in Reply to Sri Lanka’s 318 in First Test

March 27, 2012

England was 57-3 at lunch on day two of the series-opening cricket Test in Galle in reply to Sri Lanka’s 318 all out.

Spin bowler Rangana Herath took 2-17 as top-ranked England lost Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss after Sri Lanka added 29 runs to its overnight total of 289-8. Kevin Pietersen was 3 not out at the interval, with Ian Bell on 13.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene made 180 before James Anderson had him caught behind by wicketkeeper Matt Prior to end the home team’s innings. Anderson finished as England’s best bowler with 5-72.

The teams are scheduled to play two Tests. England is seeking to rebound from a 3-0 sweep of losses against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in January and February, while Sri Lanka is without a Test series win since August 2009.

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