Galle - England bounced back after being
spun out cheaply by Sri Lanka to leave the first cricket Test evenly
poised at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.
At the end
of an eventful second day's play in which 17 wickets tumbled on a slow
pitch, Sri Lanka led the tourists by 209 runs with five second innings
wickets in hand.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath grabbed six
wickets as England were bowled out for 193 in their first innings after
skipper Mahela Jayawardene's 180 had lifted Sri Lanka to 318 earlier in
But the hosts slumped to 84-5 in their second knock, four
of those wickets falling to off-spinner Graeme Swann, to set up a
Swann, who had failed to take a wicket in the first innings, ripped through the top order in the final session of play.
At stumps, Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on 17 and Suraj Randiv was on two.
lasted just 46.4 overs as the world's number one Test side, still to
recover from a 3-0 thrashing by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates
earlier this year, once again fumbled against spin.
top-scored with 52, but England lost their way before defiant batting by
the tailenders pushed the total from a shaky 92-6.
smashed 28 in a 30-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Bell,
taking 18 runs in four balls from seamer Suranga Lakmal that included
three boundaries and a six.
Swann's 24 runs came from six fours
and England's tail prospered further when James Anderson (23 not out)
and Monty Panesar (13) put on 36 runs for the last wicket.
England will slip to number two behind South Africa in the official rankings if they lose the two-Test series.
tourists lost opener Alastair Cook in the second over of the innings
before a run had been scored when he was trapped leg-before by Lakmal.
Jonathan Trott and captain Andrew Strauss put on 40 for the second wicket, before both fell in successive overs from Herath.
was stumped for 12 and found himself knocked to the ground after
colliding with celebrating wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.
departed in Herath's next over for 26, given out leg-before by the TV
umpire after on-field official Asad Rauf turned down a loud appeal by
the Sri Lankans.
Kevin Pietersen failed to add to his lunch score
of three when he was bowled off the inside edge of the bat by an
incoming delivery from seamer Chanaka Welegedara.
Earlier, Sri Lanka added 29 runs to their overnight score of 289-8 before being dismissed 30 minutes after the start of play.
finished with a five-wicket haul when he ended Mahela Jayawardene's
394-minute knock through a catch by wicket-keeper Prior.
Lankan captain hit 22 boundaries and three sixes in his 30th Test
century which helped the hosts recover from a disastrous 15-3 on the