SL vs ENG series is 'Win-Win' situation for tougher opponents like England and India

SL vs ENG 2nd Test: The visitors in these crunchy situations has come in with a small squad. They need one more spin bowler in the squad. Considering the conditions, they might play three of them in a single match.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 23, 2021 12:44 IST
SL vs ENG series is 'Win-Win' situation for tougher opponents like England and India
Mathews and Dickwella propel Sri Lanka in comfort zone

SL vs ENG 2nd Test: The ongoing series between Sri Lanka and England (SL vs ENG) is a Win-Win situation for both England as well as India in one way. England can narrow down on their Best playing XI to play against tougher opponents like India. At the same time, the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli led Team India will be keenly watching on the weak areas of the tough English side, who are currently taking on Sri Lanka for a 2-match Test series being played in Galle. The England vs India series, kick-start from February 5 at Chennai.

Sri Lanka are 313/6 at Lunch-break on Day 2. The visitors in these crunchy situations has come in with a small squad. They need one more spin bowler in the squad. Considering the conditions, they might play three of them in a single match.

Dickwella and Dilruwan did rather well in the second half, mixing their aggression and their defenses nicely. Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella has reached his 16th Test fifty and remains unbeaten on 76 and adds an unbeatable 70-run stand with the latter Dilruwan Perera to take his side in a comfortable zone.

Earlier, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan mainstay, departs for 110 in just the second over of the day. England's ruthless paceman James Anderson has got his fourth scalp of the match. Meanwhile, Mathews didn't just prop up the home side's innings but also took them to a good position at stumps on Day 1 with the help of his scintillating ton (110 off 238), comprising with 11 boundaries.

Mathews arrived at the crease, with the hosts in early trouble. The Lankan Skipper Dinesh Chandimal also played his part with a gritty fifty and along with Mathews, he puts a solid 119-run partnership for the fourth wicket to propel his team to a big total in the first innings against England on Day 2.

For England, Mark Wood bowled with pace and generated reverse swing, alongside nasty bumpers. And the experienced James Anderson once again made inroads at the top-order.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat, the hosts won't start as per expectations. Perera, survived a chased an in-swinger from England's devastating pacer 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, the Lankan veteran Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne joined forces to steady their innings.

The duo has picked up boundaries by playing positive cricket to keep the scorecard ticking over. Both put a decent 69-run stand for the third wicket as well. However, Thirimanne departs on an opening day after scoring 43.