Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England's Out-of-Luck Bowlers Are Feeling the Heat; Testing time:England Fast Bowler James Anderson Shows His Frustration Ashe Fails Todis Miss Mahela Jayawardeneon a Tough Morning for the Tourists Which Saw SriLanka Put on122 Runs for the Third Wicket

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England's Out-of-Luck Bowlers Are Feeling the Heat; Testing time:England Fast Bowler James Anderson Shows His Frustration Ashe Fails Todis Miss Mahela Jayawardeneon a Tough Morning for the Tourists Which Saw SriLanka Put on122 Runs for the Third Wicket

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

ENGLAND were back on the rack in the First Test here today as KumarSangakkara continued his astonishing sequence of success for Sri Lanka.

Matthew Hoggard gave the visitors a badly needed lift by breaking a partnershipof 122 through dismissing captain Mahela Jayawardene for 65. But Sangakkara hadhis sights on yet another century, having already underpinned his side'sposition of strength.

With the elegant left-hander on 97, Sri Lanka turned an overnight 167 for twointo 320 for three to lead by 227 runs soon after lunch on the fourth day.

Nothing went England's way until Hoggard's first ball of a new spell wasglanced down the leg side into the gloves of keeper Matt Prior, who held a goodcatch while standing up to the wicket. But after a few early edges, Sangakkaralooked in complete control.

Since giving up the wicketkeeping role in Test cricket during the middle oflast year, he has gone from strength to strength with the bat. He walked to themiddle this morning having hit 1,377 runsincluding three doublecenturies and three other hundredsin his previous 13 innings at an average of 153. And it was easy to see why.

While England's position at start of Since giving wicketkeeper Sangakkaraaveraged his past 1..

play was by no means ideal, they could take encouragement from what happened ontheir last visit to the Asgiriya Stadium.

Vaughan lost the toss in 2003 as well and, on that occasion, his teamsurrendered a first-innings lead of 88 but managed to bat out the final foursessions to earn a draw.

Victory was still on their agenda this morning. But when two edges fromSangakkara and another by Jayawardene failed to go to hand, they were probablystarting to fear the worst.

Jayawardene, who made just a single in the first innings during Hoggard'sfourwicket purple patch, took 16 balls to get off the mark second time around.Sangakkara, though, was the man England were most worried about. …

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