I’ve been to Kandy. Nice enough place, but for the fact that on the tour of Sri Lanka I was doing – which coincided with the final test of the 2005 Ashes series – the hotel we stayed at didn’t have Star TV Asia, which meant I missed out on seeing any of days 3 and 4 of England’s triumphant draw. Anyhow, I did see some Sri Lankan dancing, visited the Temple of the Tooth, some botanical gardens and (particlarly impressively) picked up a made-to-measure pure silk suit (fashioned overnight to my specifications) for less than £70.

Now, I am guessing that Alistair Cook doesn’t share my generally positive view of the place, as he managed to be dismissed in the first over of each innings and to deflect a Jayasuria smash into his face. Ian Bell, who at least scored runs in the first innings, may also be having affection issues with Kandy, as his dropped catch off Sangakkara meansthat Sri Lanka have been able to post a (seemingly) unchaseable total.

Despite Murali’s record braking, it seems as though Sangakkara may be difference in this match. England have to bat through day 5 for a draw. It’ll take an almight effort to do that.

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