Gutsy Roshen Silva gives Sri Lanka edge

Sri Lanka vs England - 2nd Test

Roshen Silva

Half centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva helped Sri Lanka secure a vital first innings lead on day two of their second test against England.

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There were rumors that Sri Lanka wanted a more favorable pitch for spin in the 2nd Test, but the Pallekele surface didn’t look too bad for batting. Overnight batsman Malinda Pushpakumara – who walked in as night watchman last evening – was the first man to fall in the morning session as an ugly heave from him off Moeen Ali ended his stay.

The pitch hardly seemed to have any demons in it as the duo of Karunaratne and Dhananjaya were at ease against the English spinners who troubled the Sri Lankan batsmen in Galle, sharing 16 wickets among them. Karunaratne went on to register his 18th Test half century with Sri Lanka going pass the 100 run mark while De Silva also started to look good as he punished the lose deliveries from the English spinners while also using his feet to good affect to tackle them.

England had almost run out of all options when Ben Stokes produced some magic on  the field. De Silva used soft hands to drop the ball to cover and set-off for a single when Stokes hurried from gully to pick up the ball and throw it in with one motion to catch Karunaratne short at the striker’s end. It was the spark England needed on the stroke of lunch as it led to the dismissal of Kusal Mendis who was once again caught one handed at first slip by the man of the moment, Stokes. It was also the third time Jack Leach dismissed Mendis in as many innings. Dhananjaya de Silva fell soon after reaching his half century in the post lunch session before Angelo Mathews (20) also followed to leave Sri Lanka in a spot of bother at 165/6.

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Roshen Silva who was dropped for the first Test took control from here on as he was involved with a few fruitful partnerships in the lower order. He put on 46 for the 7th wicket with Niroshan Dickwella who used the sweep and reverse to good affect before it led to his downfall with him on 26. Dilruwan Perera chipped in with 15 in another useful stand of 41 for the 8th wicket before Silva found a reliable partner in Akila Dananjaya as the duo helped Sri Lanka go pass England’s first innings total of 285 (which later increased to 290 after the awarding of five penalty runs against Sri Lanka).

Akila threw his bat around during an entertaining 31 off 39 balls, before he was pinned in front by Moeen Ali to end a valuable 56 run stand for the 9th wicket. Silva meanwhile played with controlled aggression as he brought up his 4th Test half century as Sri Lanka went pass the magical 300 run mark on a tricky surface. Another useful stand (28) for the last wicket was building when Silva looked to clear mid-on; only to be caught by Moeen Ali off Adil Rashid as Sri Lanka’s innings came to a close at 336 all out, 46 vital runs ahead of England. Skipper Suranga Lakmal who gave him good support remained unbeaten on 15* while Silva’s marathon knock of 85 off 174 balls included just 4 fours and a six.

England survived a tricky last over before stumps were drawn as their nightwatchman Jack Leach managed to keep out a testing over from Dilruwan Perera. The game is set up beautifully with three days to go in Pallekele and Sri Lanka having to bat last.


Full Scorecard


290/10 & 346/10

(80.4 overs)


Sri Lanka

336/10 & 243/10

(74 overs)

England ‘s 1st Innings

Rory Burns c D De Silva b A Dananjaya4381
Keaton Jennings c N Dickwella b S Lakmal18
Ben Stokes lbw by D Perera1927
Joe Root b M Pushpakumara1423
Jos Butler c D Karunarathne b M Pushpakumara6367
Moeen Ali lbw by M Pushpakumara1023
Ben Foakes c D De Silva b D Perera1923
Sam Curran c D Karunarathne b D Perera64119
Adil Rashid lbw by D Perera3152
Jack Leach b A Dananjaya713
James Anderson not out712
7 (b 4, lb 3)
290/10 (75.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-7 (K Jennings, 4.3 ov), 2-44 (B Stokes, 13.2 ov), 3-65 (J Root, 18.6 ov), 4-89 (R Burns, 25.5 ov), 5-134 (M Ali, 34.2 ov), 6-165 (B Foakes, 41.3 ov), 7-171 (J Butler, 46.1 ov), 8-216 (A Rashid, 61.2 ov), 9-225 (J Leach, 64.4 ov), 10-285 (S Curran, 75.4 ov)
Suranga Lakmal121441 3.67
Dilruwan Perera24.45614 2.50
Malinda Pushpakumara234893 3.87
Dhananjaya de Silva2040 2.00
Akila Dananjaya141802 5.71

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne (runout) B Stokes63125
Kaushal Silva b J Leach615
Malinda Pushpakumara c R Burns b M Ali422
Dhananjaya de Silva c B Foakes b A Rashid5998
Kusal Mendis c B Stokes b J Leach13
Angelo Mathews c B Foakes b A Rashid2042
Roshen Silva c M Ali b A Rashid85174
Niroshan Dickwella lbw by J Root2533
Dilruwan Perera lbw by J Leach1537
Akila Dananjaya lbw by M Ali3139
Suranga Lakmal not out1530
12 (b 6, lb 6)
336/10 (103 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-22 (K Silva, 7.4 ov), 2-31 (M Pushpakumara, 14.4 ov), 3-127 (D Karunarathne, 38.6 ov), 4-136 (K Mendis, 41.1 ov), 5-146 (De Silva, 46.2 ov), 6-165 (A Mathews, 54.3 ov), 7-211 (N Dickwella, 66.4 ov), 8-252 (D Perera, 79.4 ov), 9-308 (A Dananjaya, 93.2 ov), 10-336 (R Silva, 102.6 ov)
James Anderson142400 2.86
Sam Curran40190 4.75
Jack Leach295703 2.41
Moeen Ali251852 3.40
Adil Rashid222753 3.41
Joe Root80261 3.25
Ben Stokes1090 9.00

England ‘s 2nd Innings

Jack Leach lbw by D Perera111
Rory Burns lbw by M Pushpakumara5966
Keaton Jennings c D De Silva b A Dananjaya2654
Joe Root lbw by A Dananjaya124146
Ben Stokes lbw by D Perera02
Jos Butler b A Dananjaya3445
Moeen Ali lbw by A Dananjaya1014
Ben Foakes not out65119
Sam Curran b A Dananjaya01
Adil Rashid lbw by A Dananjaya213
James Anderson b D Perera1213
13 (b 4, lb 9)
346/10 (80.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (J Leach, 2.3 ov), 2-77 (K Jennings, 19.1 ov), 3-108 (R Burns, 25.5 ov), 4-109 (B Stokes, 26.3 ov), 5-183 (J Butler, 40.6 ov), 6-219 (M Ali, 46.3 ov), 7-301 (J Root, 69.2 ov), 8-301 (S Curran, 69.3 ov), 9-305 (A Rashid, 71.6 ov), 10-346 (J Anderson, 80.4 ov)
Dilruwan Perera20.42963 4.71
Malinda Pushpakumara2711011 3.74
Akila Dananjaya2501156 4.60
Dhananjaya de Silva4070 1.75
Suranga Lakmal40140 3.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne c B Foakes b A Rashid5796
Kaushal Silva st. B Foakes b J Leach46
Dhananjaya de Silva c K Jennings b J Leach110
Kusal Mendis lbw by J Leach17
Angelo Mathews lbw by M Ali88137
Roshen Silva c J Root b M Ali3795
Niroshan Dickwella c B Stokes b M Ali3543
Dilruwan Perera lbw by J Leach211
Akila Dananjaya not out828
Suranga Lakmal b M Ali02
Malinda Pushpakumara c & b J Leach19
9 (b 5, lb 4)
243/10 (74 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-14 (K Silva, 3.3 ov), 2-16 (De Silva, 5.3 ov), 3-26 (K Mendis, 7.5 ov), 4-103 (D Karunarathne, 27.6 ov), 5-176 (R Silva, 54.3 ov), 6-221 (A Mathews, 62.3 ov), 7-226 (D Perera, 65.2 ov), 8-240 (N Dickwella, 70.1 ov), 9-240 (S Lakmal, 70.3 ov), 10-243 (M Pushpakumara, 73.6 ov)
James Anderson52120 2.40
Jack Leach282835 2.96
Moeen Ali192724 3.79
Adil Rashid171521 3.06
Joe Root50150 3.00