2nd Test: Karunaratne, Mathews revive Sri Lanka after England set 301
Dimuth Karunaratne drives on his way to a second fifty in the match. (AFP Image)

Dimuth Karunaratne scored his second half-century of the match and was involved in an unbeaten 67-run partnership with Angelo Mathews to lift Sri Lanka to 93 for 3 at lunch on Day 4 of the second Test. After England were bowled out for 346, setting Sri Lanka a target of 301 to win, Jack Leach’s early triple-strike had restricted the hosts to 26 for 3, after which Karunaratne and Mathews held the innings together with the opener scoring his career’s 18th fifty.

England took just four overs to make the first breakthrough. Leach flighted the ball, inducing Kaushal Silva to step out, but the ball turned just about enough to beat his bat for Ben Foakes to do the rest. In his next over, the left-arm spinner had Dhananjaya de Silva caught at forward short leg, where Keaton Jennings took a blinder. Leach then struck for the third time in three overs to trap Kusal Mendis out LBW, a review not saving him.

Joined by Mathews, Karunaratne continued from where he’d left off in the first innings. He began the first over, taking James Anderson for eight runs, before wickets falling at the other end curbed him. A streaky edge for four off Moeen Ali was his only uncomfortable looking shot. Last over before lunch, England seemed to have broken the partnership when Karunaratne was given out LBW. But the batsmen went upstairs, and as the replay suggested that the ball was missing the stumps, the decision was reversed, and Karunaratne lived.

England added 22 more runs to their overnight score of 324 before Dilruwan Perera picked up his third wicket to remove James Anderson. Anderson took Akila Dananjaya for a couple of boundaries while Foakes helped himself to a four and a six to take England over the 350-run mark.