Published: November 14, 2018 6:17:21 pm
Sam Curran exhibited his six-hitting prowess and Jos Buttler made an enterprising 63 to assist England overcome a high order collapse and put up 285 in the primary innings on the opening day of the second Test in opposition to Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
England have been reeling at 89-Four when Buttler considerably steadied the innings earlier than Curran clobbered six sixes in his blistering 64 to assist them to a aggressive rating.
Sri Lanka misplaced Kaushal Silva in their wobbly reply to be 26-1 at stumps, trailing by 259 runs.
Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 19 with Malinda Pushpakumara on one on the different finish.
Earlier, England captain Joe Root gained the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat because the vacationers, 1-Zero up in the three-match collection, sought to construct on their victory in Galle final week.
Stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal dismissed Keaton Jennings in the fifth over earlier than the house aspect’s spinners set about disrupting the remainder of the highest order.
England named an unchanged aspect however shuffled their batting lineup and Ben Stokes (19) was unable to justify his promotion to quantity three, the all-rounder surviving a overview earlier than succumbing to a second to be trapped lbw by Dilruwan Perera (4-61).
Root’s battle in opposition to left-arm spin, in the meantime, compounded England’s disaster after the captain, dismissed twice by Rangana Herath in his farewell take a look at in Galle, fell for 14 to Pushpakumara (3-89).
Rory Burns made 43 earlier than being caught in the slips as England misplaced 4 wickets earlier than the lunch break.
Buttler then counter-attacked, hitting Akila Dananjaya, who has been reported for a suspect bowling motion however is free to play, for 3 successive boundaries en path to a run-a-ball 50.
Buttler moved rapidly to 63 earlier than a fluffed reverse sweep in opposition to Pushpakumara led to his dismissal.
Ben Foakes was unable to match his Galle heroics and was caught behind for 19, bizarrely failing to overview the choice as replays confirmed he had not touched the ball with bat or glove.
Curran then lit up the ultimate session along with his binge-hitting, citing his third take a look at fifty along with his fifth six.
The left-hander dominated his 60-run partnership for the ultimate wicket — the one 50-plus stand in the England innings — with James Anderson earlier than being the final man out.
Sri Lanka made two modifications with Herath retiring and common skipper Dinesh Chandimal dominated out with a groin damage.
Pushpakumara and Roshen Silva have been introduced in because the hosts battle to remain alive in the three-test collection.