Galle (Sri Lanka), Jan 23 (IANS) England overcame early lack of wickets to finish the second day of the second Check in opposition to Sri Lanka at 98 for 2 with skipper Joe Root main the cost with an unbeaten 67, because the guests replied to Sri Lanka’s 381 within the first innings. England are nonetheless 283 runs behind with eight wickets in hand. England misplaced each openers Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley for 5 runs as Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, who shared the brand new ball with Suranga Lakmal, dismissed each batsmen.
Root, nonetheless, took the assault to the Sri Lankan bowlers and raced to 67 off simply 77 deliveries. The correct-handed batsman had scored a double century within the first Check. Jonny Bairstow was with him on 24 at stumps. Earlier, Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 381 as quick bowler James Anderson took six for 40 and speedster Chris Woakes picked three for 84.
After Anderson eliminated the in a single day centurion Angelo Mathews for 110 in his first over of the day, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella made 92 and added 89 for the seventh wicket with Dilruwan Perera. England lead the two-Check collection 1-0, having received the primary Check by seven wickets.
Transient scores: Sri Lanka: 381 all out (A Mathews 110, N Dickwella 92, D Perera 67, D Chandimal 52, J Anderson 6/40, M Wooden 3/84) England 98/2 wkts (J Root batting 67, J Bairstow batting 24)