England hit back after Lankan masterclass
2021-01-23 at 18:05
England ended the second day of the second test match against Sri Lanka on 98/2, trailing by 283 runs at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Skipper Joe Root remained unbeaten on 67 while Jonny Bairstow was on 24 at stumps.
Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley were dismissed for 5 and duck respectively by Lasith Embuldeniya.
Embuldeniya finished on 2 for 33.
Earlier, a century from Angelo Mathews and fifties from Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera and Dinesh Chandimal propelled Sri Lanka to a respectable 381 runs total in their first innings.
Sri Lanka started day two on 229/4 with overnight batsmen Mathews on 107 and Dickwella on 19.
Mathews could add only 3 runs to his tally and departed for 110 while debutant Ramesh Mendis was dismissed for a seven-ball duck in the opening hour of the day.
Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera then went on to make 89 runs for the seventh wicket.
Dickwella fell for 92, missing out on his maiden century but helped Sri Lanka to cross the 300 mark. Perera went on to make 67 while the tail could not make a telling contribution to the total.
Yesterday, after opting to bat first, Sri Lanka played cautiously and lost only four wickets.
During the process skipper Chandimal made 52 while Lahiru Thirimanne added 43.
For the visitors, James Anderson picked up 6 for 40 while Mark Wood finished with figures of 3 for 84.
The third day of the second test will resume at 10 tomorrow morning.