Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 2 between Sri Lanka vs Leicestershire. The visitors Sri Lanka were 318/8 in 90 overs at stumps on Day 1. Sri Lanka will be looking to get into the groove before the international fixtures after their forgettable run in T20 World Cup and T20 Asia Cup. The Sri Lankans played a draw against Essex in their previous match. Having chosen to bat first Sri Lanka didn’t had the best of the starts losing their opener for a duck. Silva, Mendis and Chandimal played sensible knocks before a middle order batting collapse, losing five wickets within 68 runs. Youngster Dasun Shanaka came to the rescue with support from spinner Rangana Herath sharing a 126-run partnership to save Sri Lanka from further humiliation. Shanaka (91) and Herath (28) will be facing Leicestershire bowling attack on the second day of the tour match. Leicestershire bowlers did well to restrict an inexperienced Sri Lankan side but Dasun Shanaka’s innnings stole the show. He will be looking to score a century to start off the proceedings of the day. Sri Lanka are in a rebuilding face after losing experienced players to either retirement or injury. Skipper Angelo Mathews has a lot on his shoulders to lead the team in tough times and regain their image in International Cricket.

Leicestershire 304/5 in 80 overs, T Wells 53(92) R taylor 1(3) The home team seems to be in full control over the match getting past the 300 mark with five wickets in hand. M Burgesss missed his century by just 2 runs, caught and bowled by Siriwardena. On the other hand T Wells scored a half century complimenting Burgess. Sri Lanka will be looking to wrap up the lower order after the fifth wicket and gain control over the match once again/

Leicestershire 264/4 in 70 overs, T Wells 41(57), M Burgess 71(102) This duo have taken pushed Sri Lankan bowling attack on the backfoot scoring at a brisk rate hitting boundaries. The visitors have lost their stronghold over the match and it seems Leicestershire will be able to surpass Sri Lanka’s first inning score with ease. This match will soon be heading to a draw like the last one against Essex. Leicestershire 190/4 in 60 overs, J Wells 10(17) M Burgess 38(81) The match seems to be evenly poised with partnerships and wickets falling at regular interval. Lakmal sends set batsman A Ali back to the pavilion after sccoring 46 off 104 deliveries. He looked convincing at the start but struggled against the sub continent spin attack. Sri Lanka looking to tighten the screws now, barely aloowing the home team to score runs putting pressure on them leading to fall of wicket eventually.

Leicestershire 170/3 in 50 overs, M Burgess 24(47) A Ali 44(95) The home team have taken a rather cautious approach now, playing the spinners sensibly. Both the batsmen have taken a step back to assess the spin attack and then cut loose. Rangana Herath being brought into the attack and that has resulted in slowing down of proceedings a bit as the both the batsmen are showing him respect.

Leicestershire 142/3 in 40 overs, M Burgess 9(20) A Ali 34(62) The visitors finally look to tighten the screws now and capitalise after a fighting display from their lower order. The hosts’ third wicket goes down. The left arm spinner Milinda Siriwardena tricks N Eckersey into a stumping as he walks of the field scoring 21 off 33 deliveries. Leicestershire seem to be struggling against Sri Lanka’s spin bowling attack. Sri Lanka will look to capitalise on the current momentum to try and put pressure on the batsman in order to get a few more wickets before Tea Break. Whereas A Ali looks promising playing the spinners sensibly with a little tweak of aggression occasionally. M Burgess takes guard!

Leicestershire 107/2 in 30 overs A Ali 19(31), N Eckersey 11(23) Rangana Herath picks up another, he sends both the openers back to the pavilion. L Hill was able to make 30 off 57 deliveries. Rangana is trying to spin a web arounf them. The most experienced bowler in the side is having a great day with both bat and ball today. New bastman N ZEckersey comes into bat now.

Leicestershire 74/1 in 20 overs A Ali 0(1), L Hill 28 (44) Rangana Herath trying to work his magic in the bowling department now removes opener A Robson for 39 off 80 deliveries, traps him in front of the wickets. After scoring a half century Herath is now putting pressure on bastmen, giving them no room to knock the ball around for singles. A Ali comes into bat.

Leicestershire 40/0 in 10 overs, A Robson 24(34), L Hill 15(26) Leicestershire openers are having it easy here against an inexperienced Sri Lankan pace bowling attack adjusting to the pitch conditions. The pace bolwing has looked harmless so far as hosts are having it easy knocking the ball around scoring at a decent rate.

Sri Lanka 367 all out, overs 97.1, S Lakmal* o(1) Dasun Shanaka announced himself in style on the pitch of Leicestershire scoring his first ever first-class hundred on England’s soil. He scored 112 adding to his score of 91 at Day 1 Stumps. Not just Dasun but Rangana Herath(55) took an attacking turn scoring a half century. The duo shared a whopping 174-run stand, saving Sri Lanka from humiliation after a dramatic batting collapse. They were able to add an additional 49 runs on the board today before getting all out. Sri Lanka will be high on this courageous attempt by the tailenders and banking on their bowling attack to get into a commanding position on Day 2 of the tour match.

SQUADS: Leicestershire: A Robson, L Hill, A Ali, E Exkersley, M Burgess, T Wells, R Taylor, R Sayers, J Sykes, J Naik, A Sheikh Sri Lanka: K. Silva, D. Karunaratne, D. Chandimal, L. Thirimanne, M. Siriwardana, N. Dickwella, D. Shanaka, K. Mendis, R. Herath, D. Chameera,S. Lakmal

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