Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England win toss, bat in Sri Lanka second Test

England win toss, bat in Sri Lanka second Test

The fact that he didn't appears more the result of an oversight on his part - perhaps he thought he had already completed the first run.

According to worldwide cricket rules an umpire can dock five runs if he feels the batsman ran a short run deliberately.

England lost first test star Keaton Jennings for one when he was caught behind off stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal, the only seamer in Sri Lanka's bowling attack. Silva was the last man dismissed when he attempted to loft Rashid to the boundary but failed to clear mid-on where Ali completed the catch. Curran's knock comprised of six sixes and a four.

Brief scores: England 290 and 0/0 trail Sri Lanka 336 (Roshen Silva 85, Dimuth Karunaratne 63, Dhananjaya de Silva 59; Jack Leach 3-70, Adil Rashid 3-75) by 46 runs.

Sri Lanka resumed their fight on the second morning through a patient 96-run stand for the third wicket between the two half-centurions.

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The primary reason for deliberately running a short run - I.e. crossing in the middle of the pitch, then crossing back without touching down, is to ensure the senior batsman in the partnership retains the strike, perhaps in a situation where the batsmen realise it is not possible to complete two runs in their entirety. "It was the wrong call and we took on the wrong guy. We are not so anxious about the five runs". England settled on an unchanged side in their pursuit but Ben Stokes bats at No 3 in Pallekele. "Our spinners need to put pressure on them".

"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. We have a lead of 46 and the important thing would be to get a few wickets before they erase the deficit".

Curran said the wicket was fast breaking up and the cracks growing so England spinners must be looking forward to the second day. He backed his strengths, Karunaratne added, and settled on a method that worked for him, as he had done during last year's Test in Delhi where he scored 74 not out helping Sri Lanka save that match.

England are 1-0 up in the three-Test series after their 211-run victory in the opening match in Galle.

Perera made 15 before falling leg before to Leach while Dananjaya frustrated England before falling to Moeen Ali, also leg before for 31.

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