Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test, Day 3

Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes

Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes have both stepped ahead of Jonny Bairstow in the pecking order Credit getty images

Moeen caught up with the slowing ball, however, and reeled it in centimetres short of the boundary, sliding along the ground and scooping the ball back into play.

Leach completed a memorable day by opening the batting in England's second innings and playing out the last over as a nightwatchman.

Perera made 15 before falling leg before to Leach while Dananjaya frustrated England before falling to Moeen Ali, also leg before for 31. The hosts were handed a five-run penalty in a weird incident during the final session, after the match officials ruled Sri Lanka's batsmen to have breached the law governing deliberate short runs.

"If we bat well and get a good lead then that will put a lot of pressure on Sri Lanka". They added 56 runs for the ninth wicket as Sri Lanka eventually were bowled out for 336, taking 46-run lead. He turned before completing his first run. "We are not so anxious about the five runs". It took England's total to 290.

Jack Leach (1-7) ensured the hosts did not get to stumps without loss, bowling Kaushal Silva on six as Suranga Lakmal's team closed on 26-1. We have to reduce their boundary options and allow them to score only singles because they scored in boundaries in fours and sixes in the first innings.

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"No, I didn't expect that", he said, before anointing himself the heir to a Somerset team-mate and former England opener Marcus Trescothick. "Spinners are going to have a huge role and we've got three great spinners all bowling very nicely". "Ben Stokes has a strong arm and he was the wrong guy to take on". 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 next couple of days are going to be exciting for spin bowlers and batters are going to be on their toes", predicted Curran.

Welcome! Day 3 of the Pallekele Test is upon us and fair to say that Sri Lanka are ahead at this stage.

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

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

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