England will be pretty disappointed to have only made 351 and they’ll point to a couple of rough decisions as being one cause, but if they’re a serious Test side, they should forget about them. It’s not like they’re going to get overturned after the match. Don’t dwell on it.
The most contentious was the dismissal of Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen edged a ball from Chaminda Vaas to Chamara Silva in the slips. Silva went to take the ball to his left, the ball bounced out of his grasp, he managed to scoop it up a second time and succeeded in directing it to Kumar Sangakkara at first slip, who held onto it. It would have been quite neat if it weren’t for the fact that the ball appeared to have been grounded as Silva went for it initially.
So everyone’s calling for ‘the technology’ to be used in these decisions – the umpires chose not to refer it.
However, from England’s point of view, as regards this Test match, the main problem was that Kevin Pietersen edged a ball to second slip. As a batsman, if you edge the ball to second slip, there’s a fair chance you’re going to be out.
We do feel a bit sorry for Pietersen though. Not because of the decision, but because of the fact that he was encouraged to stay out on the field by his teammates. This meant he was standing around like a lost child until it became apparent that actually, yes, he was out.
This was rather unbecoming for a batsman who’s generally very dignified when given out. He tends to tuck his bat under his arm and stride off displaying minimal emotion. It’s quite admirable.
Yes, we really did describe Kevin Pietersen as ‘dignified’.
Sri Lanka v England, second Test at Columbo – day one
England 258-5 (Michael Vaughan 87, Alastair Cook 81)