After the dramatic draw of the First test at Lords, the host will be looking forward to register their first Test win of the summer when they take on Sri Lanka in the second and final test at Headingley, Leeds from Friday 10:00 GMT. As the first match progressed neither of the teams were willing to accept the defeat hanging on their heads. The match was filled with suspense and turns of events whether it was Herath’s decision to walk off after being struck on the glove while the hand was in the air or the last DRS taken by Nuwan Pradeep which kept the Lankans alive in the match and also saved match for them.
The 1st Test ending as a draw makes the 2nd Test much more interesting as both the teams would be trying hard to get the lead and bank the series. The main focus will be on Ian Bell who is about to represent his country in his 100th Test, he will be the 12th player in England to do so. Meanwhile the visitors would be hoping to put up a tough show for the host.
England’s middle order looks to be doing the job quite efficiently with Joe Root registered his maiden double ton, Matt Prior found form with a fine 86, while Moeen Ali batted well for his 48 in the first essay to power England to a good total. Gary Ballance came up with a superb knock in the second innings, scoring his first Test hundred to help England set a daunting target for Sri Lanka. While the middle order performed well the openers failed to contribute as both Alastair Cook and Sam Robson struggled at the top. The bowlers did a fantastic job for England, on a flat track of Lords the England bowlers gave the visitors a real tough time, the Sri Lankan’s had to work hard to score their runs. James Anderson bowled superb spells in both the innings nearly helping England to a win.
Sri Lanka performed hand in hand with the host by matching the batting performance of England. Apart from the batting collapse in the second phase of the game, their batting efforts were remarkable as most of the Sri Lankan batsmen were among the runs. Both Kumar Sangakkara and Skipper Angelo Mathews’ scored centuries for Sri Lanka, while Mahela and opener Kaushal Silva scored useful fifties. Despite being among the wickets the Lankan bowlers conceded few extra runs. It was a so and so performance by the Lankan bowlers, although it was the flat pitch the Lankan bowlers failed to exploit it. They would be hoping to turn the tide in the upcoming Test at Leeds.
As for the team changes are concerned, England is likely to go with an unchanged squad form the previous match, Whereas their might be few changes in the Lankan team as Prasanna Jayawardene suffered a finger injury in the Lord’s Test which has forced him to return home. Dinesh Chandimal is likely to do the wicket-keeping duties for the second game.
The pitch at Leeds is seam friendly, it is unlikely to result in a draw at Headingley as far as the previous matches played at this ground are concerned. The pitch as well as the conditions are likely to assist the fast bowlers throughout the Test.
SRI LANKA :
Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal(w), Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad