England All Out For 285 In Sri Lanka

Elena Summers
November 18, 2018

Ben Foakes retained the wicketkeeper's position after his dream debut in Galle as England named an unchanged XI for the second test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday in Pallekele. Stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal was unbeaten on 15 at the end. The next wicket went to Jack Leach, who looped one into Dilruwan Perera's boot and raised a successful lbw appeal, the batsman having just plain missed it.

"Dimuth (Karunaratne) was superb today with the bat and it was extremely unfortunate that he had to fall for a brilliant catch".

"At one point we were hoping we would have that lead going into our batting but we're feeling good about bowling last on that wicket". "We played some close games against India, and this was similar to that".

Curran said the wicket was fast breaking up and the cracks growing so England spinners must be looking forward to the second day.

Keaton Jennings produced two pieces of brilliance at short-leg to help England take two wickets against Sri Lanka on day four of the second Test.

The first blow after the break was struck by Moeen Ali, who had bowled beautifully just before the break as well.

The star all-rounder then took a stunning one-handed catch low to his left at first slip to dismiss Kusal Mendis for one off the slow left-arm spin of Leach.

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

Jennings, when he does get to the crease, will be under characteristic pressure to put in a big contribution. Jack Leach then picked off opener Kaushal Silva in a tricky period before stumps, leaving the hosts 26-1 heading into day two.

According to worldwide cricket rules an umpire can dock five runs if he feels the batsman ran a short run deliberately.

I don't think Roshen did it deliberately, he thought the ball had gone for four and he came back to his partner to give a high-five.

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

Curran top-scored with 64 as the tourists made 285 all out in Kandy, clearing the ropes six times in a buccaneering last-wicket stand with support man James Anderson.

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