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Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar starts his tour in fine style and follows up his good work in the UAE with five wickets as England take control in Colombo

Monty Panesar and James Anderson starred in the absence of Stuart Broad as England took control of their warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo.

The day started badly for the tourists, with Broad withdrawing from the match after tripping on a boundary rope and spraining his left ankle.

The problem was not thought to be serious, although the seamer will be monitored by England's medical team.

Broad's regular new-ball partner Anderson was first to impress at the R Premadasa Stadium, taking the opening four wickets in humid conditions, only for Panesar to steal the limelight with five of the next six as the hosts were dismissed for 169.

Having shone on his Test comeback in the United Arab Emirates, spinner Panesar's figures of 5-37 in 23.3 overs continued his impressive return to prominence.

Anderson got England off to a perfect start, taking two wickets in a testing opening spell. First to go was Dimuth Karunaratne, caught behind by Matt Prior for a duck.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa was the next man out, held by Jonathan Trott at third slip fending at one outside off stump.

Broad's replacement, Steven Finn, had a good lbw shout against Roshen Silva turned down in the first over of his second spell.

Panesar had to wait until the 22nd over for a bowl, but was quickly into his stride with four maidens from five overs.

Anderson resumed at the start of the afternoon session and struck for the third time in the first over back.

Roshen, having been beaten moments earlier, inside-edged the ball on to his stumps to depart for 21.

The Lancastrian then continued his one-man show, trapping captain Prasanna Jayawardene lbw for two, leaving the home side 67 for four.

Sachithra Serasinghe upped the scoring rate when he arrived at the crease, while opener Ashen Silva crawled along towards his fifty - a mark he eventually reached in 142 balls.

James Anderson

James Anderson celebrates an early breakthrough in England's opening tour match in Sri Lanka. The Lancashire seamer took 4-19 as a Sri Lanka Board XI were dismissed for a disappointing 169 today

At that stage, England's spinners were continuing to toil without reward, although Panesar went close when Anderson spilt a deflected chance off Serasinghe at slip.

Panesar eventually got his man for 31, spin finally yielding a wicket for England after 30 fruitless overs.

The left-arm spinner added his second minutes later, sending Dilruwan Perera back for a duck with an lbw verdict.

Finn then made it three wickets in 19 balls for England just before tea when he combined with Prior to end Ashen's defiant stay for 66.

The Board XI lost their eighth wicket when Kanishka Alvitigala was bowled by Panesar on the back foot with the score at 138.

Finn cracked Tyron Gamage flush on the helmet with a bouncer, only for the tailender to slog him for six over midwicket two balls later.

Gamage hit a second maximum off Panesar, while Anderson dropped his second slip chance of the day when off-spinner Graeme Swann found Malinga Bandara's edge.

Panesar's day continued to get better, though, Swann holding a steepler at long-off to dismiss Bandara for six and Nilanka Premaratne gifting him his fifth wicket with a loose stroke.

England only faced seven balls before bad light arrived, Andrew Strauss scoring all of his side's six runs.

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