Kaushal Silva completes his half century, a fighting knock to bring Sri Lanka in the game © Getty Images
Kaushal Silva completes his half century, a fighting knock to bring Sri Lanka in the game © Getty Images

Sri Lankan batsmen are doing well not to repeat the blunder of first innings. Kaushal Silva made sure of that as he scored a half century, more of a fighting knock against England’s lethal bowling attack. England were able to take two wickets in the 2nd session of Day 3. Silva becomes the first batsman from Sri Lanka to score a half century in this match and second on this tour after Kusal Mendis. His timing is getting better with time spent on the crease. He is the reason Sri Lanka have not pulled of something similar to their previous innings. The skipper Angelo Mathews  played himself in and then starting his natural game. He hit two boundaries in an over to put pressure on Moeen Ali and one in the last over before Tea break. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street

Sri Lanka lost their second wicket in the form of Mendis. He started attacking veteran James Anderson by hitting three boundaries of one over. Anderson had the last laugh as he found the off side edge on the last delivery. Lahiru Thirimanne came into play. He took some time and then took Ali on, hitting two boundaries off his over. The next over Ali knocks him over, straight through the gate. Ali played his part with the ball as well taking his first wicket in the match. DAY 3, LUNCH REPORT

Finn remained wicket-less as he fails to make an impact on Sri Lanka. Silva is playing with caution not allowing England bowlers any chance to take his wicket. Woakes and Anderson are the only bowlers who have been successful in this innings. Sri Lankan batsmen are fighting to get back in the game.

Brief Scores: England 498 for 9 dec ( Moeen Ali 155, Nuwan Pradeep 4 for 107) lead Sri Lanka 101 all out & 162 for 3( Kaushal Sliva 57, Moeen Ali 1 for 30) by 235 runs.

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(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)