England tour of Sri Lanka: Joe Root scored a spirited fifty on Day 2, despite England shedding each their openers early, taking the overall to 98/2 at Stumps.
Sri Lanka rejoice as Embuldeniya dismisses Dominic Sibley on Day 2. (Image credit score: SLC)
- James Anderson bagged 6 wickets as Sri Lanka put 381 on the board
- Anderson, 38, now has 30 5-wicket hauls in Test cricket
- With Joe Root on 67, England are trailing by 283 runs
At a flat Galle pitch, England’s star pacer James Anderson bagged 6 wickets whereas the spinners struggled to make an influence within the 1st innings. After Anderson dismissed Angelo Mathews (110) early on Day 2 of the 2nd Test, Niroshan Dickwell’s 92 and Dilruwan Perera’s valiant 67 took Sri Lanka’s 1st innings whole to 381.
After a dismal batting efficiency within the 1st innings (whole of 135) of the earlier Test, Sri Lanka bounced again within the 2nd innings they usually have carried the momentum with Angelo Mathews within the driver’s seat.
While Anderson’s epic bowling figures of 29-13-40-6 completely showcase how troublesome it was for the batsmen to attain off him, Sri Lanka squeezed out runs off the spinners. Anderson, now with 606 Test wickets in his account, along with his thirtieth 5-wicket haul in Test cricket went previous Glenn McGrath’s tally.
England’s response to Sri Lanka’s 381 wasn’t too promising proper in the beginning with Lasith Embuldeniya, for the third time out of three innings, dismissing each openers early.
While the England spinners struggled on this wicket, Embuldeniya got here and produced two superb deliveries to get the higher off Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley. In reality, Crawley was met with an excellent drifting supply that might’ve bamboozled one of the best of batsmen.
However, captain Joe Root chiselled an unbeaten 67 to stabilise the innings and can resume batting on Day 3 with accomplice Jonny Bairstow on 24. After England have been diminished to five/2, bu Embuldeniya, the duo added 93 runs to the third wicket partnership.
England, after successful the first Test by 7 wickets on the identical venue, are 1-0 forward within the 2-match Test sequence.