Day 1 witnessed the debut of Dasun Shanaka who picked three quick wickets to put England under pressure. But pressure was shifted back to Sri Lanka by wonderful partnership of Hales and Bairstow. Hales scored 86 while Bairstow scored wonderful 140. England managed to give their bowlers something to defend by posting 298.
After bowlers had done impressive job for Sri Lanka it was Sri Lankan batsman’s turn to do their job right. But all went wrong for Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan batsman fell to constant pressure of England. Stuart Broad struck first by dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne. At that time score was 10-1. Soon Sri Lanka were reduced to 12-3 after blows from Anderson and Broad.
Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews, two most experienced campaigners tried to rescue the team but Chandimal lost his wicket to good bowling of Stokes. Angelo Mathews continued his efforts but his efforts eventually were not enough to put Sri Lanka out of danger. He scored 34 which included 6 boundaries.
After the top order collapsed it was upto Sri Lankan tail enders to bat through the day. But it did not seemed to be happening. Lanka lost Dasun Shanaka and Rangana Herath in mere two runs.
During the drinks on Day two, Session 3 Sri Lanka were struggling at 83-7 with Thirimane on 17* and Chameera on 0*. They were trailing by 215 runs. James Anderson was pick of the bowlers with figures of (10-5-16-4). Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes managed to pick 2 and 1 wicket respectively.