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Sri Lanka ace believes first Test could go either way

Last Updated: 27/03/12 1:41pm

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Rangana Herath: Says the first Test in Galle is delicately poised heading into day three

Rangana Herath: Says the first Test in Galle is delicately poised heading into day three

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Rangana Herath believes it is a '50/50 game' at Galle after 17 wickets fell on day two of the first Test between Sri Lanka and England.

The slow left-armer took 6-74 off his 19 overs as England were dismissed for 193 in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 318.

But England then hit back, reducing the hosts to 84-5 - a lead of 209 - to keep the game delicately poised heading into day three.

Herath told Sky Sports: "I am really happy with the way I bowled but not good news for the team actually because now we have five down.

"So if we can get something like 60, 70 runs tomorrow, we would have a good game."

50/50

He added: "Now for me it's a 50/50 game. If we can score another 50, 60 runs tomorrow, maybe 100 plus we would have a good game.

"Always it is not easy to bat (at Galle) on the third or fourth days.

"We know where we are now. What we have to do is forget the past and we have to face the challenge tomorrow."

As regards his 6-74 - his second best Test figures - Herath added: "I did the right things - follow the basics, just put it into the right area and bowl accurately, that's it, and vary the pace - that's what I did in the first innings."

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