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After a spate of disappointing performances, the English bowling attack seems to have finally found its rhythm. While bowling in the second Test of the two-match series in Sri Lanka, England's top brass came through on a turning track at Galle.
Led by Graeme Swann's four-wicket haul, the Poms managed to restrict the Lankans to just 275 in their first innings. Swann's probing offbreaks proved too difficult for even set batsmen like Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews to handle, and they eventually succumbed to the spinner. Swann also accounted for two late wickets to ensure Sri Lanka couldn't make it past the 300-run mark on a batsman-friendly pitch.
However, the initial damage was done by pacer James Anderson, who accounted for the top three wickets in the Lankan line-up. His scalps included both the openers--Lahiru Thirimanne (8) and Tilakaratne Dilshan (14)--and the dangerous Kumar Sangakkara, who got out for a rare first-ball duck!
Thereafter, Tim Bresnan and Steve Finn also joined the party and mopped up the hosts' middle order. Even left-arm orthodox spinner, Samit Patel bowled beautifully; unfortunately, he went wicketless in the first innings.
It was this great combined effort by these five bowlers that has given England some respite in the series. The bowlers' effort was as good in the second innings, with Swann taking 6 wickets to restrict the target for the batsmen to just 93. England managed this easily, losing just two wickets in the process and drawing the series as a result.
This is a clear reflection of the heroic comeback effort of the English bowlers in their quest to maintain their team's No. 1 Test ranking. Therefore, they richly deserve our 'sports heroes of the week' honor.
-Picture courtesy Reuters-
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