It was all Sri Lanka on Day 1 till Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow had a wonderful partnership to rescue England from fall. Resuming the day from 171/5, England lost Hales, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad in succession. Alex Hales scored wonderful 86 before he threw his wicket to unnecessary shot. On other hand, Bairstow continued piling runs. Jonny bairstow scored his second test century which enabled England to post a respectable score of 298.

James Anderson
James Anderson

When bowlers did their job, it was upto batsman to perform well in front of experience and one of the best fast bowling line up. But the Asian side collapsed. The Sri Lankan team could merely survive 36 overs and score 91 runs. The team collapsed under pressure. From 1st ball itself Sri Lanka never look to have hold over England bowling lineup. Within first 5 overs, SL were reduced to 12-3. It was all upto captain Mathews and Chandimal to bat out the day. But they too fell to the good bowling by Broad and Anderson.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad were pick of the bowlers. They took 9 wickets between them. Anderson with 5 wicket haul and Broad with 4 wickets respectively wrapped the Lankan side.

In 36 overs, SL were wrapped up by England for low score of 91. England with crucial lead of 207 enforced the follow on to Sri Lanka. But the game did not last long after the all out. Just 2 balls were bowled in 3rd innings when umpires called it stumps due to bad light.

Scoreboard at Stumps Day 2:

England 1st Innings 298/10 (90.3 overs) – Jonny Bairstow 140 runs / Shanaka (13-3-46-3)

Sri Lanka 1st Innings 91/10 (36.4 overs) – Mathews 34 runs / James Anderson (11.4-6-16-5)

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 1/0 (0.2 overs)