Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka with their nose ahead in Pallekele

Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka with their nose ahead in Pallekele

Three batsmen from the hosts' scored half-centuries.

Roshen Silva
Roshen Silva. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jos Buttler and Sam Curran helped England end the first day with the upper hand. However, Sri Lanka have made a strong comeback with the bat and are in a dominant position in the second Test in Pallekele. The hosts are leading by 46 runs in the second innings and would be looking to put their opponents on the mat going ahead in the encounter.

Karunaratne and de Silva guide Lanka    

After losing Kaushal Silva early, Lanka started the day with Dimuth Karunaratne and night-watchman Malinda Pushpakumara as the overnight batsmen. Moeen Ali nipped out the latter early. Nevertheless, Karunatatne along with Dhananjaya de Silva steadied the ship with a stand of 96 runs. Ben Stokes ran Karunaratne out for 63 to break the ominous stand.

Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews perished in quick succession and the hosts lost half their side with a trail of 144 runs. While Mendis was dismissed by left-arm spinner Jack Leach, Adil Rashid got rid of Mathews after he scored 20 runs 42 balls with one four. From that point in time, Joe Root and Co had the chance of running away with the match with some quick wickets.

Silva takes over

Roshen Silva came in at the fall of the fifth wicket and he scored 85 runs from 174 balls to lift his team to 336 runs in 103 overs. He turned the strike over on a consistent basis and hit four boundaries and a six in his innings. The right-handed batsman was supported by the lower order. Niroshan Dickwella smacked a few to score a quick-fire 26 from 33 deliveries.

Even the likes of Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya and Suranga Lakmal notched 15, 31 and 15 respectively. For the Three Lions, Rashid and Leach picked up three wickets each while Moeen returned with a couple. In the second innings, the Brits sent Leach to open along with Rory Burns. But, Leach took the strike and played out a maiden off Dilruwan Perera to end the day’s play.

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