Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

England declare on 322-6, set Sri Lanka 462 to win

England declare on 322-6, set Sri Lanka 462 to win

The second match of the three-test series is in Kandy, starting on Wednesday, before the final contest in Colombo from November 23. They played some outstanding cricket.

England declared their second innings on 322/6 with Keaton Jennings unbeaten at 146, while Ben Stokes scored 62 runs.

Fifteen without loss overnight, Sri Lanka's openers Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne withstood the pressure from England's formidable bowling attack for the first hour on Friday.

"The danger for us is that if he is not 100 percent fit, he may not play".

"It's a really hard day for us because we all know how much Rangana has done for the team and Sri Lankan cricket", said Chandimal in the post-match presentation. His stay was nearly a short one, but he was reprieved on review, having been given out well caught down the leg side by Ben Foakes.

England had secured a first-innings lead of 139 thanks to a century on debut by Ben Foakes - man of the match - and a formidable spin attack led by Ali and assisted ably by Leach and Rashid restricting Sri Lanka to 203.

"I'm very happy with the way Mathews conducted himself throughout the game, and his commitment for running between the wickets and for the batting", he said.

"For a guy to come in on his debut and play an innings of that substance... really proud of him", he added.

For Sri Lanka, it left them with plenty of questions, about how they'll replace Herath, why their batsmen couldn't kick on from starts, and why England adapted better to conditions than they did.

But soon after the morning drinks break, Leach broke though when he had Silva out leg before wicket for 30.

Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis (45) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (1) in the afternoon session. Kusal fell attempting one big stroke too many and swiping to Moeen, before catcher turned wicket taker, coaxing the ex-skipper into prodding ungracefully to Jos Buttler at midwicket.

Tea provided Sri Lanka some respite, but Moeen laid down a marker with the dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella (16) in his first spell of the third session. One ball after Dhanajaya de Silva successfully overturned a caught behind decision Stokes tightened up his line and took an indisputable edge that nestled safely in the hands of Joe Root.

He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath - perhaps a yard or two slower than in his pomp - was beaten by Stokes's quick arm as the 40-year-old dived for his crease.

"It is very disappointing with the way we got out. getting out to the traps they set".

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