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Stubborn Silva inches Sri Lanka past England

Stubborn Silva inches Sri Lanka past England

So said team-mate Dimuth Karunaratne, whose 63 was second only to the vast 85 off 174 deliveries that Roshen produced on day two, which pushed Sri Lanka 46 runs beyond England's first-innings total of 290.

Jack Leach says England have a "great chance" to win the second Sri Lanka Test despite an impressive fightback from the hosts on day two in Kandy. Silva guided the hosts out of trouble when they found themselves in trouble with six wickets down and more than 125 runs behind.

Dananjaya frustrated England's spinners before falling to Moeen Ali leg before for 31.

Dilruwan Perera grabbed two wickets while fellow spinner Akila Dananjaya and fast bowler Suranga Lakmal claimed one each.

The visitors were yet to open their account after nightwatchman Jack Leach faced six balls from Dilruwan Perera in the final over of the day.

Root, who scored 35 and three in the first Test, was bowled by Pushpakumara in the 18th over for 14 and Rory Burns (43) soon followed as England slumped to 89 for 4 before lunch.

"If we bat well and get a good lead then that will put a lot of pressure on Sri Lanka".

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"Batting last on that wicket will be very hard", Leach, 27, told BBC Sport.

England's Ben Stokes, bottom, dives to stop a ball as wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and Sri Lankan batsman Dhananjaya de Silva watch the ball as they filed during the second day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Roshen Silva's composed 85 - the top score of the match to date - was smartly compiled with the tail for company, and there were half-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne (63) and Dhananjaya de Silva (59).

Stokes' next intervention, just seven balls later off the bowling of Leach saw him snatch the sharpest of one-handed slip catches off Kusal Mendis' edge.

"At times that craft is "how can I take spin off", maybe get one to slide or just grip a little bit".

Umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa determined Silva deliberately ran short and penalized Sri Lanka by five runs. "He thought the ball had gone for four so he came back to his partner to give a high five". It's part of the game, we don't blame him. Joe Root has been massive in the dressing room saying "don't worry about making mistakes".