Sri Lanka take control against England in second Test in Kandy

Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes

Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes

England were in trouble against spinners Dilruwan Perera who took four wickets, Malinda Pushpakumara (three) and Akila Dananjaya (two) when Buttler came in to counter-attack with five boundaries and a crucial 45-run stand with Adil Rashid who made 31.

His next intervention was equally jaw-dropping, flinging out his left hand to snatch the sharpest of slip catches after Jack Leach snared Kusal Mendis' edge after just three balls.

Can Sri Lanka press home their advantage against England on Day 3? Rory Burns was accompanying Leach at close of play. "We are not so anxious about the five runs". But we know that if we bat well tomorrow then the pressure's on them.

"We were a bit disappointed that they got ahead because we felt at one point we could've had that lead".

England had made inroads into the Sri Lankan middle order through some brilliant fielding by Ben Stokes before lunch but Silva frustrated the opposition bowlers for the rest of the day.

What further went in Sri Lanka's favour is that their lower order contributed a little more than the English lower order.

Suranga Lakmal and Silva added 28 runs for the last wicket.

'That's going to give us a great chance'. We need to look at our strategy and if we can keep them down to 250 in the second innings, we can chase down the target.

The incident occurred during the third session of play on Thursday with the on-filed umpires deeming Roshen Silva for a deliberate short run. "We have a lead of 46 and the important thing would be to get a few wickets before they erase the deficit".

The Somerset left-armer had earlier returned his latest set of tidy figures with the ball, finishing with 3-70 from 29 overs.

It emerged last month that the hotel both teams were expecting to stay in, the Earl's Regency just 15 minutes away from Pallekele Stadium, had not been secured by Sri Lanka Cricket and had instead been fully sold to tour groups attending the match.

Silva was especially impressive in partnership with the tail, which had bailed Sri Lanka out of a precarious situation.

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