Sri Lanka vs England: Joe Root reprimanded for showing dissent

Ross Houston
November 16, 2018

England were 0/0 after a solitary over at the end of the day.

England closed on 0-0 in Pallekele after Leach survived the final over of the day as nightwatchman.

Dananjaya frustrated England's spinners before falling to Moeen Ali leg before for 31.

According to global cricket rules an umpire can dock five runs if he feels the batsman ran a short run deliberately. But we know that if we bat well tomorrow then the pressure's on them. He turned before completing his first run.

However, Silva's failure to ground his bat and run short conceded a rare five penalty runs to England.

Spin will likely continue to prove key, with seamer Suranga Lakmal not anticipated to bowl much. We have to reduce their boundary options and allow them to score only singles because they scored in boundaries in fours and sixes in the first innings.

Though it reduced their eventual first-innings lead, batsman Dimuth Karunaratne - who made 63 before being superbly run out by Ben Stokes - insisted it was not a big issue in the grand scheme of things.

"No, I didn't expect that", he said, before anointing himself the heir to a Somerset team-mate and former England opener Marcus Trescothick.

"We're a little bit disappointed that they got a 40-run lead", Leach told Sky Sports. "Ben Stokes has a strong arm and he was the wrong guy to take on".

"As we were walking back Burnsy [Rory Burns] said to me 'I've been waiting a long time to open the batting for England and you've done it too quickly". However, the lead is important ahead of an intriguing couple of days.

Bowling: Anderson 14-2-40-0, Curran 4-0-19-0, Leach 29-5-70-3, Ali 25-1-85-2, Rashid 22-2-76-3, Root 8-0-26-1, Stokes 1-0-9-0.

Sri Lanka face a hard task to stay alive in the three-test series, having lost spinner Rangana Herath to retirement and skipper Dinesh Chandimal to a groin injury.

Silva was especially impressive in partnership with the tail, which had bailed Sri Lanka out of a precarious situation.

Silva, Karunaratne and De Silva will regret not converting to triple figures, as was the case with Curran and Buttler before them.

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