SL vs ENG 2nd Test: Sri Lanka is taking on England in the second and final Test at Galle International Stadium in Galle. Dickwella (92) and Perera (67) played crucial hands to lift the hosts to a sizeable score of 381, much to England's relief from the heat and hard-fought Lankan efforts. In reply to SL's 381, Joe Root-led England side lost two quick wickets, as in-form Embuldeniya nipped both openers Sibly and Crawly for 0 and 5 respectively. The visitors are 18/2 in 10 overs and go under immense pressure in the final session on Day 2.
A sensational come back by the hosts from 7 for 2 inside the first half an hour after opting to bat and finished at 381 in their first innings. Sri Lanka veteran Angelo Mathews led the charge, Dickwella, Perera, and Chandimal played gritty knocks down the order propelled Sri Lanka to a stiff total at Galle on Day 2.
Anderson leads the England team on the back of a high-class bowling effort from the ruthless pacer in alien conditions. Anderson has never tried hard and bowled a tight line and got the ball to swing both ways picked up his best bowling effort in Asia (6/40) and bowled 13 maiden overs as well.
And that's a wrap on the Lankan first innings, A solid display of what the batting unit is capable of. England will face an uphill battle on a track that is showing signs of some wear and tear. #SLvsENG2021 pic.twitter.com/AEPTtxRALV— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) January 23, 2021
Interestingly, the ICC No. 7-ranked Test bowler James Anderson's 6/40 are the best figures in Test cricket by a seam bowler aged 38 or more in 107 years.
England's devastating pacer Jimmy Anderson started the day really well by removing Mathews in his very first over today, but England couldn't handle the heat and humidity and the Lankans adds some vital runs. Angelo Mathews slammed his 11th Test hundred on the opening day of the second Test being played at Gabba. Anderson was the pick of the English pacers whereas Mark Wood pick three wickets by conceding 84 runs.
Earlier, opted to bat first, the hosts won't start as per expectations. Opener Kusal Perera, survived a chased an in-swinger from James Anderson and was caught by England skipper Joe Root last night. Sri Lanka no. 3 batsman Oshada Fernando then inside-edged in the same over. Then, Mathews and Chadimal joined forces to steady their innings.
The duo has picked up boundaries by playing positive cricket to keep the scorecard ticking over and rotates the strike reasonably well.