Stubborn Silva inches Sri Lanka past England


So said team-mate Dimuth Karunaratne, whose 63 was second only to the vast 85 off 174 deliveries that Roshen produced on day two, which pushed Sri Lanka 46 runs beyond England's first-innings total of 290. The nightwatchman negotiated six deliveries from Dilruwan Perera without further drama on a day where momentum swung both ways.

To make it worse, spinner Akila Dananjaya has been reported for a suspect bowling action, though he is free to play, while paceman Lahiru Kumara has been dropped from the squad for breaking team curfew. Silva guided the hosts out of trouble when they found themselves in trouble with six wickets down and more than 125 runs behind.

Leach later pinned Dilruwan Perera lbw as the 27-year-old combined effectively with spin partners Adil Rashid (3-75) and Moeen Ali (2-85). After 55 overs since the start of England's second innings, and with 15 minutes to go for Tea, Suranga Lakmal brought pace on for the first time in order to induce a wicket but to no avail.

Brilliant fielding by Ben Stokes enabled England to end a key stand between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva as Sri Lanka reached 139 for 4 at lunch in the second Test on Thursday.

However, Silva's failure to ground his bat and run short conceded a rare five penalty runs to England.

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However, Federer's prediction has been accurate and the outcome has disappointed his fans. Before the matches began, Federer was not optimistic about his performance in London.

"They're going to be batting last on it and they're 1-0 down [in the series] so we feel that we can definitely win".

With Ben Foakes for company, Root continued to frustrate the Sri Lanka spinners for another half an hour. "We got a nice score on the board", Curran said. The hosts were handed a five-run penalty in a weird incident during the final session, after the match officials ruled Sri Lanka's batsmen to have breached the law governing deliberate short runs. "Tomorrow if we can get a couple of wickets before they erase the deficit, we will be in a good position, so that is our plan". It's part of the game, we don't blame him.

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

"As we were walking back Burnsy [Rory Burns] said to me 'I've been waiting a long time to open the batting for England and you've done it too quickly".

Sri Lankan spinners combined to bowl out England for 285 after the tourists' new number three Ben Stokes and skipper Joe Root fell cheaply in the second Test on Wednesday.