England quick bowler James Anderson returned his finest figures of 6-40 in Asia to assist bowl out Sri Lanka for 381 on day two of the second Take a look at on Saturday. The vacationers had been 98 for 2 at stumps after Lasith Embuldeniya struck early to take away the openers. Skipper Joe Root, on 67, and Jonny Bairstow, on 24, had been batting as England path by 283 runs in Galle.


Anderson, 38, denied wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella a century after sending him again on 92 to say his 30th five-wicket haul and second in Sri Lanka — his earlier finest was 5-75 in Galle in 2012.

Anderson, who changed Stuart Broad within the staff for this Take a look at, bowled 29 overs with 13 maidens earlier than Sri Lanka had been bowled out in an prolonged second session with Dilruwan Perera scoring a defiant 67.

The tempo spearhead struck in his first over of the day to ship Angelo Mathews caught behind for 110 after the previous captain added simply three runs within the morning.

However the dismissal was skipper Joe Root’s mastermind after he reviewed the umpire’s name, which was not out, and replays instructed the ball had grazed Mathews’ bat.

Quick bowler Mark Wooden despatched debutant Ramesh Mendis trudging again to the pavilion for nought with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler taking a one-handed diving catch in direction of his left.

Dickwella made the staff combat again along with his 16th Take a look at fifty as he put collectively a 89-run seventh-wicket stand with Perera.

Perera additionally dug in after Dickwella’s wicket and scored his seventh Take a look at half-century to frustrate the England bowlers earlier than falling to Sam Curran.

All of the 10 wickets went to the pacemen with Wooden taking three scalps.

However it was spin within the remaining session with left-arm orthodox Embuldeniya sending again Dom Sibley, for nought, and Zak Crawley, for 5, in fast succession.

Root and Bairstow bought collectively to thwart the Sri Lankan assault as they placed on an unbroken 93-run stand until shut of play.


Root, who hit 228 in his staff’s opening win final week, recorded his 50th half-century in his 99th match.

The sequence, which is being performed behind closed doorways, resumed after being cancelled in March 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic. 

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