England Sniff Victory In Second Test vs Sri Lanka

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Recently, after Sam Curran hit six sixes in a Test against Sri Lanka before hitting his first boundary, European Central Bank posed a question where it asked if fans know of anyone who has hit six sixes before getting his first boundary.

Jack Leach admitted England's game plan took a wrong turn on day two in Kandy but believes the prospect of bowling last on a spinning pitch offers a reason for optimism. Sri Lanka's two senior-most batsmen had been parted.

Sri Lanka folded for 243 in pursuit of a 301-run target as England claimed a 57-run victory at Pallekele International Stadium on Sunday, 18 November.

But as well as wanting to win a Test series in Sri Lanka - something England have not managed since 2000-01 - the management want to bring "clarity" to the role, not least because a home Ashes is on the horizon.

Keaton Jennings scored a second-innings century in the first Test but was unable to continue that form as he nicked Lakmal (1-44) to Niroshan Dickwella for just one. "We played some close games against India, and this was similar to that".

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.

Stokes, who batted at number five in his team's opening win last week, was boosted up the order in the latest bid to find a solid number three.

"We got a 46 runs lead, its a huge score for us when they play in the second innings. Had we got a bigger partnership we would have been in a commanding position", he added.

Leach had given England the ideal start when he lured Kaushal Silva out of his crease with a flighted delivery to be stumped for four.

Karunaratne, who made 63 in the first innings, was on 21 when his edge off Moeen flew past Stokes at slip and the batsman also successfully overturned a leg before decision off Adil Rashid on review.

"I don't think Roshen did it deliberately, he thought the ball had gone for four and he came back to his partner to give a high five", he explained. "We are not so anxious about the five runs".

BOWLING: James Anderson 3-0-8-0, Sam Curran 2-0-5-0, Jack Leach 4-0-7-1, Moeen Ali 3-1-6-0.