Sri Lanka edge a lead against England on 2nd day of 2nd Test in Kandy

Dhananjaya de Silva in action today
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A long day in the field for England
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Adil Rashid 3-75 for England today
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The Sri Lankan batsmen dug in on the 2nd day of the 2nd Test against England to edge a slim lead in the 1st innings.

 

Match Summary

England 285 (Jos Buttler 63, Sam Curran 64; Dilruwan Perera 4-61, Malinda Pushpakumara 3-89) and 0-0

Sri Lanka  336 (Dimuth Karunaratne 63, Dhananjaya de Silva 59, Roshen Silva 85; Jack Leach 3-70, Adil Rashid 3-75)

At the Close of Play – Sri Lanka lead England by 46 runs

Scorecard

Dimuth Karunaratne 63, Dhananjaya de Silva 59 and Roshen Silva 85 all batted with determination as Sri Lanka edged towards the England 1st Innings total of 285. In a long day in the field for England, Jack Leach 3-70, Moeen Ali 2-85  and Adil Rashid 3-75 , were the pick of the bowlers.

Sri Lanka were eventually all out for 336 and lead England by 46 runs. England were 0-0 at the close of play, Jack Leach, who opened the batting with Rory Burns (and you won't see that again in a hurry!) surviving the over.

Match Comment

The last few minutes of day two of the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and England saw something that openers hate the most- coming out to bat for just one over. Jack Leach out there, with a first-class batting average all of 12, to protect the 'senior' opener Keaton Jennings! Rings strange, doesn't it?

The first innings scorecard of both Sri Lanka and England  looks almost identical to each other. Dimuth Karunaratne played the part which Rory Burns played. It's just that the way his innings culminated was quite unfortunate, inspired by a moment of brilliance from Ben Stokes on the field.

This threatened to change the momentum of the game. However, Dhananjaya de Silva's 59, which was quite similar to the innings from Jos Buttler, kept Sri Lanka in the hunt.

Now came the differentiator. The way Roshan Silva not only equalled, but went past Sam Curran's knock lower down the order, has actually led the game to where it is standing right now.

What further went in Sri Lanka's favour is that their lower order contributed a little more than the English lower order. The 56-run partnership between de Silva and Akila Dhananjaya in particular helped Sri Lanka to take a 46-run first innings lead.

Not surprisingly, all Sri Lankan wickets went to the spinners. Jack Leach and Adil Rashid were the highest wicket-takers with three scalps each.

Sri Lanka have gone a notch above than the visitors due to their lower order heroics. The pitch on day three would not be easy to bat on, given the amount of turn it is offering. But if England's top order fails, they would look once again towards either or both of Jos Buttler and Sam Curran to help them make a match out of it.

Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal(c), Malinda Pushpakumara

England - Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes, Joe Root(c), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes(wk), Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson

 

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