ENG vs SL 2nd Test: Thirimanne & Mathews keep Lankans in check after losing early wickets

England vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test: Opted to bat, Sri Lanka are 76/2 at the Lunch-break. Opener Lahiru Thirimanne unbeaten on 43 while the experienced lad Angelo Mathews is playing on 26 not out.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 22, 2021 12:40 IST
ENG vs SL 2nd Test: Thirimanne & Mathews keep Lankans in check after losing early wickets
The duo of Thirimanne & Mathews put a decent 69-run stand

ENG vs SL 2nd Test Highlights: Day 1: Lunch Break

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka - 76/2 (26 overs)

(Lahiru Thirimanne 43* Angelo Mathews 26* Anderson 2/4)

The second and final Test between England and Sri Lanka is in progress at Galle. Opted to bat first, the hosts lost Kusal Parera and new-comer Oshada Fernando cheaply, but Kusal Perera played a horrible shot and caught at slip. England's veteran Jimmy Anderson got Fernando for 0*, but Mathews and Thirimanne stabilize the hosts and batted sensibly after losing a couple of early wickets. Sri Lanka are 76 for 2 at the Lunch-break season. Opener Lahiru Thirimanne unbeaten on 43 while the experienced lad Angelo Mathews is playing on 26 not out.

Interestingly, Sri Lanka's number three batsmen, both games included, faced a total of 6 first innings balls and gone for a 'Golden Duck'.

Joe Root-led side looked a bit rushed with bowlers changing angles and fields quite often. Sri Lanka will look to consolidate post-lunch session. Anderson, who began the day with a couple of maiden overs, ended his first spell with figures of 5-2-4-2.

The duo of Mathews and Thirimanne joined forces to steady the Lankan innings. Mathews played some uppish shots off leggy Jack Leach to collect boundaries while Thirimanne essayed the occasional drive and slog-sweep to keep the scorecard ticking over. Both Lankan batters also rotated the strike by pinching singles and twos.

Earlier, the hosts have won the toss and opted to bat first. Sri Lanka's leader of the pace attack - Suranga Lakmal comes in for their star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga who goes wicketless in the last two consecutive matches.

Ramesh Mendis will become the 154th Sri Lankan player to represent his country in Test cricket. Mendis, the 25-year-old who has an impressive Lankan Premier League (LPL) as he averages 43 with bat and has taken 83 wickets in 45 First-Class games has been rewarded with a place in the side by replacing experienced Shanaka.