Sri Lanka’s improved batting on day one of many second and last take a look at towards England in Galle on Friday was led by a century from Angelo Mathews and is an indication the hosts have taken on board the heavy criticism of their show within the first take a look at.
Sri Lanka reached 229 for 4 on the shut after electing to bat first, their whole boosted by an unbeaten 107 from Mathews and 52 from captain Dinesh Chandimal.
It’s a far cry from their woeful first innings rating of 135 on the opening day of the primary take a look at when poor shot choice and an ill-advised try at fast runs seemingly price them the match as England claimed a seven-wicket win.
Sri Lanka had been rather more cautious this time on a dry wicket that can crumble rapidly underneath the recent solar and make chasing something substantial within the fourth innings perilous for the vacationers.
“We needed to see via just a few overs and get the ball barely older to attain some runs,” Mathews instructed reporters on the shut. “Credit score should go to the England bowlers. It was scorching and humid they usually gave nothing away.
“They set a discipline that we couldn’t rating off simply. The quick bowlers had good line and size. We don’t know what a superb rating is, simply as many as we are able to get.”
Mathews scored 71 in Sri Lanka’s second innings within the first take a look at and says taking part in back-to-back video games on the similar venue has its benefits.
“I bought right into a rhythm within the second innings of the primary take a look at, so I believed if I can get a begin I’m not going to provide it away,” he mentioned.
“I needed to work extraordinarily arduous. They (England) gave us nothing, however we’re 229 for 4 and we can’t give it away now.”