With Joe Root’s unbeaten 67, England bounced back on Saturday on the second day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka after losing the first two wickets cheaply. England were 98 for two at the end of the second day’s play. He is still 283 runs behind Sri Lanka. Lasith Ambuldenia dismissed both openers. Root and Johnny Bairstow had fallen two wickets for five runs when they reached the crease, both adding 93 runs in an unbreakable third wicket partnership.
England captain Root, who scored a double century in the first Test, was playing 67 runs in 77 balls with the help of ten fours. At the same time, Bairstow has made 24. Earlier, Sri Lanka scored 381 runs in the first innings on the basis of the combative performance of the tail batsmen. The tea session ended 15 minutes late as the final pair of the hosts were present at the crease. Dilruwan Perera was the last man out when he was caught by Jack Leach at deep square leg trying to pull off Sam Curren’s ball.
He scored 67 runs. An interesting thing in the Sri Lankan innings was that all the wickets were taken by the fast bowlers. Gaul is traditionally considered to be friendly to spinners, but the England fast bowlers dismissed all the batsmen. James Anderson took six wickets while Mark Wood took three and Curren took the final wicket. Niroshan Dikwela was on his way to scoring his first century but due to distracting attention, he was dismissed for his career-best 92 runs.
He bounces Anderson’s ball upwards and gives a great catch to Leach at mid-off. He and Perera shared an 89-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Sri Lanka lost wickets on consecutive balls from Angelo Mathews and debutant Ramesh Mendis in the morning session. With Dickwela’s wicket, Anderson achieved his 30th wicket haul. After three balls, he was able to give his best in Asia when Suranga Lakmal touched the ball with a catch to Jacques Crowley.
Anderson threw more of a six-over spell in the afternoon session in hopes of dismissing the tail batsmen but Sri Lanka did not lose wickets easily. Earlier, Sri Lanka started playing for 229 for four and when Perera was on 21, England reviewed the leg-before appeal, which was turned down. Lasith Ambuldenia added 32 runs for the ninth wicket with Perera to help Sri Lanka reach close to 400 runs. Perera hit a four off Wood to complete his seventh Test half-century. Perera faced 170 balls and hit eight fours and a six in his innings.