Dimuth Karunaratne put on a 96-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva for the third wicket to drive Sri Lanka to safety in the morning session. With Nos. 9, 10 and 11, he put on partnerships worth 41, 56 and 28 respectively, placing Sri Lanka in a position of some strength when they had seemed likely to concede a significant first-innings lead.
"We've just got to execute our plans as individuals in the batting order and accumulate runs, take what's on offer and get a lead".
We saw on day three that if a couple of batsmen get in then somehow the ball stops looking quite so unsafe. "Those balls look great but they're not creating a chance", he said. England had to bat out one over at the end of the day, and went to stumps unscathed.
Rory Burns (59) had earlier hit his maiden Test fifty to get England off to a positive start in Kandy and although there was a wobble after the opener's dismissal, Root held the innings together and was rewarded with a 15th Test hundred. Skipper Joe Root, on 26, and Jos Buttler, on 14, were batting at the break. Off-spinner Perera successfully reviewed an lbw decision against Stokes after the on-field umpire had turned down an appeal.
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Schmidt said his side would be up for the challenge of the All Blacks after a serious workout against the Argentinians. I think there was a draw at one stage if my history is right. "I thought he was just getting into his rhythm".
With Sri Lanka's spinners posing significant threat, Buttler used the sweep shot, both the conventional and reverse, to good effect.
The Somerset man was comfortably the most economical of England's three-pronged spin attack, again providing evidence of his control while also retaining the ability to take wickets at key times.
To make it worse, spinner Akila Dananjaya has been reported for a suspect bowling action, though he is free to play, while paceman Lahiru Kumara has been dropped from the squad for breaking team curfew. But we know that if we bat well tomorrow then the pressure's on them. "But the last pair, as you see, added 60 runs and that's a big bonus for them", Pushpakumara said. Unlike several other batsmen, Silva did not sweep, choosing instead to score his runs via the cut, pull, drive as well as flicks off his pads.