Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test, Day 3

Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test, Day 3

It summed up a frustrating second day for England, who reduced Sri Lanka to 165-6 only for Roshen Silva's 85 to push them up to 336 in response to England's 290.

But Silva built crucial partnerships including a 56-run ninth wicket stand with Akila Dananjaya as the hosts edged past England's total.

England had made inroads into the Sri Lankan middle order through some brilliant fielding by Ben Stokes before lunch but Silva frustrated the opposition bowlers for the rest of the day.

"Rooty (captain Joe Root) has been massive in the dressing room saying "don't worry about making mistakes" and we're just trying to go out with a positive mindset".

'If we bat well and get a good lead then that will put a lot of pressure on Sri Lanka'.

"We're a little bit disappointed that they've got a lead", Leach said.

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Stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal, however, dashed English hopes of a significant opening partnership by dismissing Keaton Jennings for one in the fifth over, before the home side's spinners set about disrupting the rest of the top order.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 63, put on 96 for the third wicket with Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit 59, to steady the innings after they had slipped to 31 for two early in the day.

But while that is not unsubstantial in what appears to be a relatively low-scoring encounter, Leach was hopeful that bowling last on a dry wicket could provide England with a key advantage. Those balls look great, but they're not creating a chance.

De Silva kept his calm after losing Karunaratne and raised his fifty with a boundary off Stokes.

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