Kandy - Sri Lanka's Roshen Silva held the fort with a
stubborn 85 to secure a 46-run first innings lead over England on the second
day of the second Test on Thursday.
Shortly before stumps in Kandy the hosts, down 1-0 in the
three-match series, were bowled out for 336 in reply to England's 290 with
stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal not out 15.
The visitors were yet to open their account after night-watchman
Jack Leach faced six balls from Dilruwan Perera in the final over of the day.
Rory Burns was accompanying Leach at close of play.
Adil Rashid had struck twice after lunch to raise the
tourists' hopes of securing a crucial first innings lead on a seemingly turning
But Silva built crucial partnerships including a 56-run
ninth wicket stand with Akila Dananjaya as the hosts edged past England's
Perera made 15 before falling leg before to Leach while
Dananjaya frustrated England before falling to Moeen Ali, also leg before for
31. Suranga Lakmal was unbeaten on 15.
England had made inroads into the Sri Lankan middle order
through some brilliant fielding by Ben Stokes before lunch but Silva frustrated
the opposition bowlers for the rest of the day.
Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 63, put on 96 for the third
wicket with Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit 59, to steady the innings after they
had slipped to 31 for two early in the day.
But Stokes, who on Wednesday had failed with the bat as
England's new number three, broke the partnership when he pounced to run out
Karunaratne with a direct throw from gully.
The star all-rounder then took a stunning one-handed catch
low to his left at first slip to dismiss Kusal Mendis for one off the slow
left-arm spin of Leach.
England's first innings total was 285 but Sri Lanka were
docked five runs after the umpires deemed that Silva did not ground his bat
properly while taking a run.