Embuldeniya to the fore… once again
Embuldeniya has picked up another wicket! And it is the crucial scalp of Bairstow. He induced the inside edge with Oshada taking the catch in the slips. Initially not given but Sri Lanka got it reversed via the review. The promising stand comes to an end.
Joe Root and Bairstow have now stitched a 100-run stand. Barring the occasional scare, the duo has looked in fine touch so far today. Embuldeniya, on the other hand, is getting some purchase from the wicket.
Pitch report, courtesy Russell Arnold: “The pitch is changing. It is drying up and crumbling, but is still good for batting. There’s variable turn and bounce, especially for Embuldeniya. And there is rough appearing on either side. He will need to slow it down and stay patient.”
At the age of 38, James Anderson showed his class and quality with a six-wicket haul on an responsive deck for pacemen in Galle. On Day 1, he swung it a touch. On Day 2, he used wobble seam. In short, he put on a wonderful exhibition of seam, swing and control in gruelling conditions.
Day 2 was also about Dickwella’s brilliant hand of 92 and his partnership with Perera which took Sri Lanka to a good position. Embuldeniya then ripped through England’s top-order but Root once again came to the visiting side’s rescue and steered them to stumps.
Can Sri Lanka make more inroads in the morning session on Day 3? Or will Root continue to build on his start?