Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

2nd Test: Resilient Silva helps Sri Lanka gain lead of 46

2nd Test: Resilient Silva helps Sri Lanka gain lead of 46

Replying to England's first innings total of 285, the hosts reached 139 for four at the break, still trailing by 146 runs, with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 57 and former captain Angelo Mathews not out on two.

England's captain Joe Root unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera during the second day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Leach came in as night-watchman with one over left to negotiate, which he safely did, playing out a maiden to see England through to the close. They remained intact, after opting to have nightwatchman Leach open the batting alongside Rory Burns instead of Keaton Jennings.

Adil Rashid had struck twice after lunch to raise the tourists' hopes of securing a crucial first innings lead on a seemingly turning pitch.

Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya and skipper Suranga Lakmal scored 15, 35, and 15 respectively, facing 106 deliveries between them as Roshen steered Sri Lanka to a first-innings lead. But Ben Stokes provided two moments of brilliance in the field in the space of ten minutes to help England gain some ground in the morning session.

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Opener Dimuth Karunaratne notched up a 125-ball 63 and middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva supported him with 59 off 98 balls.

Stokes, who batted at number five in his team's opening win last week, was boosted up the order in the latest bid to find a solid number three. "We got a nice score on the board", Curran said.

"We were a bit disappointed that they got ahead because we felt at one point we could've had that lead".

"If either umpire considers that one or both batsmen deliberately ran short at that umpire's end, the umpire concerned shall, when the ball is dead, call and signal Short run and inform the other umpire of what has occurred and apply [five penalty runs]". And in these conditions, I think Ben is the best option behind the stumps. "We are not so anxious about the five runs". We need to look at our strategy and if we can keep them down to 250 in the second innings, we can chase down the target.

Bowling: Anderson 14-2-40-0, Curran 4-0-19-0, Leach 29-5-70-3, Ali 25-1-85-2, Rashid 22-2-76-3, Root 8-0-26-1, Stokes 1-0-9-0.

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