Saturday at Lord's was a mixed one for England with two highlights, several disappointing efforts and a mystery.
Monty Panesar provided one of the highlights with figures of 15-5-26-2 which were fully deserved. He has a classical action and it is not only his turban which draws comparisons with the great Bishen Bedi.
Despite his inexperience and youth, he has a well-oiled method which owes much to natural flight and loop and he gives it a real tweak. So much for the highlight - now for the mystery, which was nothing to do with him.
As a young bowler making his debut for England in this country, he does what he is told by his captain and coach but it defied belief that, at lunch on the fourth day yesterday, he had still to bowl from the Nursery End where, because of the slope from Grandstand to Mound, all left-arm spinners and wrist-spinners do most of their bowling.
He was brought on at the Pavilion end after 36 overs on Saturday, not being called on in a Sri Lankan first innings which reached only 192 by lunch, thanks to two dropped slip catches.
It was an unusual move by Andrew Flintoff to ask his spinner to turn it back up the slope but it made sense with two left-handers batting. Young Upul Tharanga and old soldier Kumar Sangakkara were going well in a partnership worth 109 before Panesar did the trick.
He spun his first ball back up the slope at least a foot but then dismissed the opener, playing for another spun ball to come back, only for it to stay straight and Geraint Jones to cling on to the nick.
Much later in the day, Panesar trapped Sangakkara in a carbon-copy dismissal but it is one thing to threaten the outside edge of left-handers with deliveries that don't obtain any purchase against the slope from over the wicket, but quite another to do the same from around the wicket to right-handers.
All that happened was that Mahela Jaywardene and nightwatchman Farvez Maharoof played forward to non-turning deliveries, knowing they were safe from being bowled or lbw if the ball ran into them down the slope.
If Flintoff might have missed the point, coach Duncan Fletcher should not, which is why it was mystifying that Panesar was not switched to the opposite end, if not on Saturday evening then certainly yesterday morning when he was brought on to bowl just before mid-day before the second new ball.
Ashley Giles has bowled for England from the Pavilion end but the fact that he has better figures at Lord's than any other England spinner owes much to the fact that he usually operates wiith his over-the-wicket method from the Nursery end.
Remember his gorgeous dismissal of Brian Lara a couple of years ago, with one that spun prodigiously down the slope and bowled the great man between bat and pad?
Saturday's biggest disappointment was not the taking of only three Sri Lankan wickets but the dropping of two slip catches by Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss. Chaminda Vaas is no mug with the bat and he made the home side pay with a breezy 31 off 36 balls, after being shelled out in successive overs when on nine and 13.
That was why the tourists' last four wickets were not taken until lunch, instead of mid-morning when they would not have topped 150. Their 192 did not seem to matter but the extra runs and time taken to score them added to England's frustration as the third day developed.
A wholly satisfying landmark was Matthew Hoggard's 200th wicket for England, not just for the wicket itself but for the terrific pleasure it gave to the England side and their balcony, including enthusiastic applause from Fletcher who took some while to be convinced about the Yorkshireman's ability to get good players out.
He is the workhorse of the side but he strikes every 53 balls and his 200th wicket came in his 51st Test. When he bowled opener Jehan Mubarak at the start of the second innings, he joined John Snow on 202 Test wickets, with the Sussex strike bowler playing two fewer Tests.
Saturday's crowd took the attendance to more than 80,000 - tribute towards the drawing power of this England side even when playing unglamorous sides.