Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Stokes brilliance helps England peg back Sri Lanka

Stokes brilliance helps England peg back Sri Lanka

He was eventually dismissed for 124 by Akila Dananjaya, who was the pick of Sri Lanka's bowlers with a career-best 6-106, and after three quick wickets, Ben Foakes (51no) went through to his half-century before lightning and an imminent storm forced the players off the field with England 324-9.

He carried on in the same fashion, surpassing Nasser Hussain's previous mark of 109 for the highest score by an England captain in Sri Lanka, before missing a ball that straightened with a slightly exhausted stroke to be trapped plumb in front.

Akila Dananjaya, who was reported by the match officials for a suspect bowling action during the first test, put the controversy aside to dismiss opener Rory Burns in his first over.

"At one point we were hoping we would have that lead going into our batting but we're feeling good about bowling last on that wicket. We feel if we can put pressure on tomorrow with our batting and get a good total, we feel that we can win the game", he said.

The timing of the end of Sri Lanka's innings left the hosts to face one threatening over. Those balls look great, but they're not creating a chance.

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Moeen Ali struck early to remove nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara but Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva threatened to grind the tourists down with a confident 96-run stand that comfortably eclipsed anything England managed in their first-innings 285.

"It was crucial. Getting close to 300 was massive for us". Curran's knock comprised of six sixes and a four. "We are not so anxious about the five runs". "Ben Stokes has a strong arm and he was the wrong guy to take on".

Jos Buttler made an enterprising 63 but Sri Lanka bowled well to restrict England to 212 for seven at tea on the opening day of the second test on Wednesday.

"If we can get England before 250 it will be a gettable target for us", he added. However, the lead is important ahead of an intriguing couple of days.

England's Jack Leach, center, celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera with teammates during the second day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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