Sri Lanka handed rare run penalty in England Test

Ruben Holloway
November 16, 2018

So said team-mate Dimuth Karunaratne, whose 63 was second only to the enormous 85 off 174 deliveries that Roshen produced on day two, which pushed Sri Lanka 46 runs beyond England's first-innings total of 290.

Opener Rory Burns scored his maiden Test fifty, putting on 73 with Keaton Jennings (26) in the morning after nightwatchman Jack Leach was dismissed early on.

"As leader of this group of players, I promise that we will do all we can to give you a performance to remember and thank you for your part in this Test match". The pitch on day three would not be easy to bat on, given the amount of turn it is offering.

What further went in Sri Lanka's favour is that their lower order contributed a little more than the English lower order.

Leach took three wickets on a mixed day for England's spinners and says the tourists are confident they can win the Test.

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At the interval, Adil Rashid was unbeaten on 29 with Sam Curran on 12 at the other end as England recovered from 89-4 to moved towards a respectable total at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Stokes threw down the stumps with a direct hit to find Karunaratne short at the striker's end.

"Getting a lead of 46 is a big advantage to us against their spinners when it comes to the fourth innings", Karunaratne said. "It was the wrong call and we took on the wrong guy. Ben Stokes has a strong arm and he was the wrong guy to take on".

"It's turning a lot at the moment", he said.

"We've got a nice score on the board and it was a great positive for Leachy to bowl a lovely ball to get rid of their opener".

Curran said the wicket was fast breaking up and the cracks growing so England spinners must be looking forward to the second day.

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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.

Sri Lanka face a hard task to stay alive in the three-test series, having lost spinner Rangana Herath to retirement and skipper Dinesh Chandimal to a groin injury.

Captain Joe Root (14) was bowled off an inside edge as Malinda Pushpakumara, making a return to the test XI, made an impact.

Curran added 60 runs for the last wicket with James Anderson to push England's total close to 300.

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