England have 'great chance' to win second Test despite Sri Lanka fightback

Sherman Parsons
November 18, 2018

Stokes was at the crease with English skipper Joe Root when in the 27th over, he was struck on the pad adjacent to the stumps by Sri Lankan spinner Dilruwan Perera and was given out immediately by the umpire before opting for a review.

England bowler Jack Leach is congratulated by Joe Root and team mates after bowling Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Silva during Day One of the Second Test match between Sri Lanka and England at Pallekele Cricket Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

England take to the field in Sri Lanka looking to record their first series victory there since 2000-01.

Root's chanceless knock came as a big relief for England as he had accumulated only 52 runs in three innings in the series.

Keaton Jennings scored a second-innings century in the first Test but was unable to continue that form as he nicked Lakmal (1-44) to Niroshan Dickwella for just one. "He was under a bit of pressure of wanting his players to go out and play that way, so it was a great innings".

Prior to his arrival at the wicket, Sri Lanka had recovered from losing nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara as early as the third over to post a total of 127 largely through a 97-run liaison between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva who both made fifties apiece.

Stokes, who batted at number five in his team's opening win last week, was boosted up the order in the latest bid to find a solid number three.

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'There is nothing about the Sri Lanka spinners which should worry England too much - they don't have a Muttiah Muralitharan or Shane Warne - but the tourists do have a collapse in them.

"We're a little bit disappointed that they got a 40-run lead", Leach told Sky Sports.

"We've just got to execute our plans as individuals in the batting order and accumulate runs, take what's on offer and get a lead". By lunch Sri Lanka were 139 for four.

"I don't think Roshen did it deliberately".

"Those things can happen its part of the game we don't blame him. We had to work extremely hard to score runs", said Mathews.

Bowling: Anderson 14-2-40-0, Curran 4-0-19-0, Leach 29-5-70-3, Ali 25-1-85-2, Rashid 22-2-76-3, Root 8-0-26-1, Stokes 1-0-9-0.

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