He added an unbroken 70-run stand with Dilruwan after Anderson, Wooden struck early on day two
Lunch: Sri Lanka 313 for six (Mathews 110, Dickwella 78*, Anderson 4-29, Wooden 2-65) vs England
James Anderson picked up the place he left off however, the place Angelo Mathews couldn’t, Niroshan Dickwella stepped as much as maintain Sri Lanka in a fascinating tussle with England on the second morning of the second Check.
By the tip of a keenly contested first session, Sri Lanka had added 84 runs to their in a single day rating for the lack of two wickets with Dickwella eyeing his maiden Check century.
Anderson struck together with his sixth ball of the day to take away Mathews, who managed so as to add simply three runs to his rating. These three got here off Sam Curran, carved by way of level, solely Dom Bess throwing physique with attribute enthusiasm to floor stopping the boundary.
Mathews fell within the subsequent over amid a subdued England attraction when he appeared to get a faint edge to Anderson with the ball then putting him on the knee roll earlier than carrying to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. He was initially given not out however Joe Root referred to as for a overview and UltraEdge revealed a spike because the ball handed the bat to finish Mathews’ effective innings and provides Anderson his fourth wicket for the match.
Anderson continued in miserly style, conceding simply 5 runs from his four-over spell.
Dickwella, in the meantime, shifted gears into drive, fairly actually at occasions, as he assumed the lead upon debutant Ramesh Mendis’ arrival on the crease.
Having resumed on 19, Dickwella unfurled a collection of well-timed boundaries all through the morning session, carving Curran by way of backward level and punching Mark Wooden by way of long-on.
A implausible take by Buttler ensured Mendis’ keep was short-lived, a faint edge off Wooden happening the leg facet and discovering Buttler’s glove at full stretch to his left had him gone for a duck.
Sri Lanka had misplaced 2 wickets for 11 runs within the area of 19 balls however Dickwella remained in wonderful contact, piercing the covers with two stunning drives, first off Wooden then Anderson. He used Wooden’s tempo to information the ball effortlessly to the rope at effective leg earlier than citing his fifty with a single off Bess.
Dickwella’s greatest rating in 4 innings on Sri Lanka’s current tour of South Africa was 49. Having damaged the half-century barrier, he continued to choose his moments to perfection, twice sweeping Bess to the boundary.
Jack Leach joined Bess within the assault as England opted for twin spinners after the primary hour. Dilruwan Perera lofted Leach’s first ball over mid-on for 4 and skipped down the pitch a second time two overs later to ship him excessive of mid-off as he offered strong assist for Dickwella in a stand value 70 at lunch.
Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo