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Silva, Karunaratne fifties keep Sri Lanka steady after Bairstow's career best knock

Silva, Karunaratne fifties keep Sri Lanka steady after Bairstow's career best knock
Jonny Bairstow remained unbeaten on 167 for England in the first innings at Lord's.
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England 416 (Bairstow 167no) v
Sri Lanka 162-1 (Silva 79no)
Third Test, Lord’s, day two

After Jonny Bairstow’s career best unbeaten 167 took England to a total of 416, Sri Lanka replied strongly with a fifty from Dimuth Karunaratne and an unbeaten 79 from Kaushal Silva, posting 162 for one in the first innings at stumps on day two of the third Test at Lord’s.

England began the day’s play with the overnight score of 279 for six. Seven overs into the day’s play, England crossed the 300-run mark with Chris Woakes (66) and Bairstow (167 not out) going strong.

The pair negotiated the first hour safely. In the 103rd over, Woakes smashed Shaminda Eranga (1-94) past point for a boundary and brought up his maiden Test fifty.

The 144-run stand between Woakes and Bairstow was brought to an end in the 114th over with the former chipping a return catch to Rangana Herath (4-81).

Bairstow went past 150 in the next over and along with Stuart Broad (14), he took England to 384 for seven at the end of the first session in which England scored 105 runs for the loss of a wicket.

In the fourth over of the second session, Broad holed out to gully against Suranga Lakmal (3-90). In the next over, Steven Finn (7) was given out lbw but upon review, the on-field call was overturned as it was missing the stumps.

Soon after England went past 400, Finn attempted to take on Herath and was caught at deep square leg in the 128th over.

Four balls later, Eranga had James Anderson (4) caught behind as England were bowled out for a total of 416 runs.

Silva (79 not out) and Karunaratne (50) got Sri Lanka off to a blazing start, scoring two boundaries each in the first three overs. The pair continued to play positive cricket and reached 46 for naught after 10 overs.

An over later, Bairstow dropped a chance, giving Karunaratne a reprieve. Sri Lanka went onto tea, having knocked 62 runs off the deficit without losing a wicket.

In the third over of the final session, England reviewed a not out call against Karunaratne, who was hit on the pads. Replays showed that the ball was only clipping the top of the stumps and hence the on-field call stood.

Both Karunaratne and Silva continued to play solid cricket as the England bowlers struggled to make inroads.

In the 27th over, Karunaratne smashed Anderson for three boundaries and brought up the 100-run opening stand in the next over. Both Karunaratne and Silva reached their respective fifties in the 30th over.

However, Karunaratne was dismissed in the next over, caught behind off Finn (1-31). With Silva holding steady at one end, Kusal Mendis (25 not out) began to see himself in after his arrival at the crease.

The pair continued to thwart the England bowlers and safely took Sri Lanka to stumps with the score reading 162 for one after 49 overs.

By the end of the day’s play, Sri Lanka were trailing England by 254 runs with nine wickets in hand.

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