Roshen Silva
Roshen Silva (AFP Photo)

Sri Lanka were hit with five penalty runs by the on-field umpires during their first innings on Day 2 of the second Test against England in Pallekele.

The incident occurred during the third session of play on Thursday with the on-filed umpires deeming Roshen Silva for a deliberate short run. Silva cut the first delivery of the 86th over, bowled by Jack Leach, past Moeen Ali at short third man.

Moeen chased the ball even as it sped away. He slid and managed to keep the ball from crossing the boundary. However, the Sri Lanka pair of Silva and Akila Dananjaya simply sauntered to the opposite ends thinking they will get a boundary.

After watching Moeen saving the boundary, the duo decided to push for a double. However, Silva, while watching the ball, failed to ground his bat at the non-striker’s end before returning for the second run. The umpire deemed it as a deliberate short-run and consequently, the hosts were penalised.

Despite the minor setback, the pair did well to put their team in the lead before being separated. They added 56 runs for the ninth wicket as Sri Lanka eventually were bowled out for 336, taking 46-run lead. Silva was the last man to be dismissed after top-scoring with 85 off 174 deliveries.

The players returned to the field for one over which nightwatchman Jack Leach successfully negotiated with England ending the day on 0/0.