Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 2: Silva fights to hand Sri Lanka 46-run lead

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Roshen Silva scored his fourth Test fifty

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Roshen Silva scored a crucial 85, which gave Sri Lanka a 46-run lead over England on the second day of the second Test in Kandy.

Starting off the day on 26/1, Sri Lanka only added five runs to their overnight score before nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara was caught by Rory Burns at midwicket off the bowling of Moeen Ali for four runs.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva made up for the early loss of Pushpakumara with a 96-run partnership, during which Karunaratne surpassed his half-century, before he was run out by Ben Stokes for 63, which came off 125 balls and included four boundaries.

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Dimuth Karunaratne struck his 18th half-century in Test cricket

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Kusal Mendis fell shortly after for one run, while De Silva went on to make a 98-ball 59, which included six boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Adil Rashid.

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Dhananjaya de Silva made his fourth Test fifty

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Angelo Mathews managed to score 20 runs before he suffered the same fate as Mendis.

Silva and Niroshan Dickwella added 46 runs to the score before Dickwella was trapped lbw off the bowling of England captain Joe Root for 25.

Dilruwan Perera mustered 15 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jack Leach.

Silva and Akila Dananjaya forged a 56-run partnership before Dananjaya was trapped lbw off the bowling of Moeen for 31.

Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 336, which gave them a 46-run lead, when Silva was caught by Moeen at mid-on off the bowling of Rashid for 85, which came off 174 deliveries and included four boundaries and a six.

Rashid and Leach picked up three wickets apiece, while Moeen took two and Root claimed one.

England didn’t score any runs in the one over they faced, and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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