2nd Test: Resilient Silva helps Sri Lanka gain lead of 46

Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes

Sri Lanka were unable to head into day two with their opening duo after Leach bowled Kaushal around the wicket in stunning fashion, meaning Karunaratne (19no) and Pushpakumara (1) will begin day two 259 runs behind.

I don't think they'll make many changes for the next tour against the West Indies, especially if they come away from Sri Lanka victorious, but by next summer the spot needs to be addressed.

Having toiled in the field for more than an hour and a half in the morning session with the wicket of nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara their only reward, England were being to look a little short of ideas. Karunaratne was unbeaten on 11.

Root said his Yorkshire team mate Bairstow, who has strengthened England's lower-middle order with his batting and worked hard on his wicketkeeping, still had a role to play in the test side.

Curran added 60 runs for the last wicket with James Anderson to push England's total close to 300.

In doing so, they offered up too many loose deliveries that allowed the Sri Lankan batsmen to keep the score ticking over at a good rate.

He was dropped on 53 by Pushpakumara and was the last man dismissed for a well compiled 64.

Stokes' next intervention, just seven balls later off the bowling of Leach, was equally jaw-dropping, showcasing lightning fast reactions and rock solid handling skills to snatch the sharpest of one-handed slip catches off Kusal Mendis' edge.

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Sri Lanka were sitting pretty with England on 225-9, but Curran, with the help of Anderson, turned the tide. The promising batting all-rounder is yet to make his global debut but it will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka play him ahead of Roshen Silva, who has already featured in eight Tests.

Earlier, Curran and Adil Rashid added 45 runs for the eighth wicket with Rashid contributing 31 runs. Rashid played beautifully before tea and I tried to take over where he left off.

"We've got a nice score on the board and it was a great positive for Leachy to bowl a attractive ball to get rid of their opener".

"You've just got to back your ability, take the risks when you need to".

Things had been looking bleak at 89 for four, but Buttler turned in an imaginative 63 in 67 balls, quickly deciding to focus on an nearly exclusive diet of orthodox and reverse sweeps. Perera was comfortably the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-61 with his precise, nagging off-breaks. He swept and reverse swept three fours in a row off Dananjaya to bring up England's 100, then slog-swept Pushpakumara for two more next over.

Akila Dananjaya, who was reported by the match officials for a suspect bowling action during the first test, put the controversy aside to dismiss opener Rory Burns in his first over.

"We thought we should restrict them to 200". "It will be tough for us".

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