Angelo Mathews’ cussed century took Sri Lanka to 229-Four on the primary day of the second Take a look at towards England on Friday after early strikes by James Anderson made the house aspect look weak.Mathews was on the crease on 107 with Niroshan Dickwella on 19 on the shut in Galle as Sri Lanka, who misplaced the primary Take a look at by seven wickets, tried to make greatest use of an excellent batting pitch after profitable the toss.
Anderson bowled with masterful management all through and claimed the primary three wickets, together with opener Lahiru Thirimanne for 43 quickly after lunch, that took his Take a look at tally to 603 in 157 matches.The 38-year-old Lancashire bowler completed the day with outstanding figures of 3-24 from 19 overs.
Mathews constructed essential partnerships, together with a 117-run stand for the fourth wicket with skipper Dinesh Chandimal who made 52.Mathews, the previous captain, acknowledged that England had put his aspect underneath strain early within the day.”I acquired into rhythm within the second innings of the primary Take a look at, so I believed if I get an excellent begin, I could make it huge,” mentioned the 33-year-old all-rounder.
“Though we’re 229 for 4, we will not give it away tomorrow. Whether it is this sizzling tomorrow, it can begin turning.”We do not know what an excellent rating is — we are going to attempt to get as many as we are able to.”England quick bowler Mark Wooden trapped Chandimal lbw and the batsman went off after an unsuccessful assessment of the umpire’s resolution.
– Mathews ‘thorn’ –
Mathews reached his 11th Take a look at hundred, and third towards England, with a single off Jack Leach. He placed on 36 with Dickwella, holding out after England took the brand new ball within the 81st over.”Mathews has been a thorn in our aspect somewhat bit. I’m certain he has been utilizing a wider bat than anybody else,” joked Wooden.
“We’ve got simply acquired to maintain hammering away and attempt to get a gap.”It was onerous work,” he mentioned of the irritating circumstances and warmth.Anderson, who changed fellow fast Stuart Broad was the one change for England, struck twice in a single over within the morning session with the wickets of Kusal Perera and Oshada Fernando (0).Perera was caught at first slip by England skipper Joe Root for six. Fernando solely lasted 4 balls earlier than taking part in a rising supply onto his stumps for a duck as Sri Lanka slipped to 7-2.
Thirimanne and Mathews rebuilt the innings with a 69-run stand as much as lunch, however Anderson broke by means of after the break when Thirimanne edged to Jos Buttler behing the stumps.The sequence, which is being performed behind closed doorways, resumed final week after being cancelled in March 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.