James Anderson picked up the wickets of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul within the first seven overs of the Lord’s Test before Cheteshwar Pujara was run out after a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli.
When rain forced India and England off the field yet again after lunch, the visitors were staring down the barrel at 15-3. Play did resume eventually, after an extended period of delay. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were beginning to form a promising partnership before the former was dismissed by Chris Woakes for 24 to reduce India to 49-4.
The England pacer would strike again soon after as Hardik Pandya became his second victim. India lost their sixth wicket shortly after when Dinesh Karthik was castled by Sam Curran. Rahane would then become the seventh batsman to fall as Anderson returned to pick up his third wicket of the day. The veteran England pacer then made it four scalps to his name after trapping Kuldeep Yadav plumb in front of the wicket. In the very next over, Stuart Broad got his name on the wicket-takers list after he dismissed Ravi Ashwin in similar fashion.
Anderson would then complete his five-wicket haul when he dismissed Ishant Sharma for a duck.
Friday was effectively the opening day of the Test after rain ruined the entire day’s play on Thursday.
Joe Root went in for the reliable seam bowling of Chris Woakes who replaces Ben Stokes, facing trail in the Bristol brawl case.
India made two changes to the side with one-down batsman Cheteshwar Pujara replacing out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav coming in for pacer Umesh Yadav.
England lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 31 run win in Birmingham.
Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir faces strict sanctions after he gave a rude send-off to Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting in the Caribbean Premier League.
Tanvir, playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors, bowled St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ Cutting right after he had been hit for a six. After castling Cutting with a near-perfect yorker, Tanvir showed the departing batsman two middle fingers, which resulted in outrage on social media.
The CPL is sanctioned by the ICC and the code of conduct for players in clear on actions and words that can provoke a reaction. What Tanvir did was blatant abuse and match officials are expected to take the strictest possible action.
Since bowlers get reprimanded and receive demerit points just for shouting at or near the batsmen, seeing such a shocking gesture is difficult to understand.
In a rain-curtailed match, the Proteas fell three runs short of the revised Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) target of 190 to get in 21 overs.
With the narrow win, the hosts now trail 1-3 in the series after losing the first three matches.
All-rounder Dasun Shanaka was the star of the show for Sri Lanka with a rapid half-century with the bat along with the vital wicket of Reeza Hendricks with the ball.
Batting first at Kandy, the Lankans put up 306-7 in 39 overs with Shanaka top-scoring with a 34-ball 65. The all-rounder’s innings contained four boundaries and five sixes.
Despite a half-century from Kusal Perera, the Sri Lankans had been reduced to 195-7 before Thisara Perera and Shanaka turned their fortunes around with some stupendous hitting at the death.
Perera remained unbeaten on 51 as the hosts breached the 300-run mark at the end.
In reply, South Africa appeared to be on track for victory with Hashim Amla and JP Duminy guiding the side to 108-2 in just nine overs before Sri Lanka hit back with a flurry of wickets.
Despite a middle-order collapse, the visitors were within sight of a win with 16 runs required off the final two overs with three wickets in hand.
Thisara Perera then bowled a terrific penultimate over which fetched only eight runs along with a wicket. With eight runs required off the final over, Suranga Lakmal delivered the vital blow with the second ball by removing David Miller. That proved to be the end of the Proteas’ hopes with Junior Dala managing only three runs off the final two deliveries.
The fifth and final ODI between the two teams will be held at Colombo on August 12.
Sri Lanka: 306-7 (39 overs)
Dasun Shanaka – 65 (34)
Kusal Perera – 51 (32)
Thisara Perera – 51 not out (45)
South Africa: 187-9 (21 overs)
Hashim Amla – 40 (23)
Suranga Lakmal : 3-46