Grittier Sri Lanka post 156/2

Helped by their openers Kusal Perera (62) and Lahiru Thrimanne (76 n.o.) who put on 101 runs, Sri Lanka displayed better fighting quality than in the first innings to score 156/2 in their second innings as bad light stopped play on day three on Saturday (16) in their first cricket Test against England at Galle.

Both Thirimanne and number-three batsman Kusal Mendis, who had to avoid a fifth successive zero in Tests in the innings, applied themselves better to reduce the England lead to 130. But Mendis was out caught behind for 15, close to the end of day’s play.

Earlier, skipper Joe Root carried tourists to a commanding position in the Test hitting his fourth double-hundred, and the second against the Lankans, in his 97-Test career.


SL 135 all out in 46.1 overs and 156/1 in 61 overs (Kusal Perera 62, Lahiru Thirimanne 63 n.o.; Sam Curran 1/25)

England 421 all out in 117.1 overs (Joe Root 228 in 321 balls, Dan Lawrence 73, Jonny Bairstow 47, Jos Buttler 30; Dilruwan Perera 4/109, Lasith Embuldeniya 3/176, Asitha Fernando 2/44)