Sam Curran and Jos Buttler save England against Sri Lanka spin

Ben Stokes on the front foot

Sri Lanka's spinners claimed some big-name England wickets on the first day of the second Test on Wednesday before Jos Buttler and Sam Curran rescued the innings. Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva (59) added 96 runs for the third wicket when De Silva pushed one to the covers and took on England's best fielder.

BOWLING: S Lakmal 12-1-44-1, Dilruwan Perera 24.4-5-61-4, Malinda Pushpakumara 23-4-89-3, Dhananjaya de Silva 2-0-4-0, Akila Dananjaya 14-1-80-2. Leach took 3-70, and Adil Rashid 3-75.

England's Jack Leach and Rory Burns were both unbeaten on nought, safely negotiating the one over they had to face before stumps were drawn.

At the end, the Lankans were left facing a tricky period of 11 overs which they negotiated for the loss of Kaushal Silva's wicket.

Silva, in for injured captain Dinesh Chandimal, was on 6 when Angelo Mathews fell for 20, and from there he stitched some valuable partnerships with the lower order to post a competitive total, Sri Lanka's highest in the series. He appeared to think his shot was heading for the third-man boundary and was under no pressure as he jogged back, but was nevertheless judged by the umpire to have acted deliberately - costing his side five runs. The team management will be extremely delighted with Jennings' return to form as the left-hander looked at complete ease during his stay in the middle.

Bairstow, England's first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman for the past three years, was believed to have recovered from ankle ligament damage suffered in the one-day series.

"We've come to Sri Lanka to win this tour". He pounced from gully as soon as De Silva set off for a quick single, gathering the ball and releasing a precise throw that clipped the only stump he had sight of to leave Karunaratne a couple of inches short.

With England struggling to find a No3 before the match following Moeen Ali's unprofitable stint there I thought Curran should be promoted and his innings has strengthened my resolve.

Ben Stokes' fielding had taken centre stage in the morning session, producing a brilliant run out and an outstanding catch to kickstart the English effort. England had a potentially huge advantage in batting first on a pitch that has clearly been created to test their ability against spin to the absolute limit but at tea, with the visitors on 212 for seven, it is anyone's game. Also, they need to bundle England out quickly as they will be batting 4th on a wicket which will be expected to crumble even more. The trio took 16 wickets between them and didn't allow any Sri Lankan batsman to come up with a big score. However, they day did not start in the best of fashions for them as they lost the nightwatchman early.

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