Sri Lanka vs England: Angelo Mathews scored 107 points on Day 1 of the 2nd Test.© AFP
Angelo Mathews scored a stubborn century to bring Sri Lanka to 229-4 on the first day of the second Test against England on Friday after James Anderson’s early strikes left the home side vulnerable. Mathews was on the fold at 107 with and Niroshan Dickwella at the end in Galle. Sri Lanka lost the first test by seven wickets. Anderson claimed three wickets, including opener Lahiru Thirimanne for 43 shortly after lunch, bringing his Test count to 603 in 157 games.
Mathews built crucial partnerships, including a 117-run stand for the fourth wicket with skipper Dinesh Chandimal making 52.
Fast bowler Mark Wood set Chandimal lbw in a trap and the batsman left after failing to evaluate the referee’s decision.
Mathews reached his 11th Test hundred, and third against England, with one from Jack Leach. He scored 36 runs with Dickwella and held out after England took over the new ball in the 81st.
Anderson, who replaced fellow fast Stuart Broad as the only substitute for England, struck twice in one over in the morning session with the wickets of Kusal Perera (6) and Oshada Fernando (0).
Perera was caught in the first slip by the English skipper Joe Root. Fernando played a rising pitch on his stumps when Sri Lanka dropped to 7-2.
Thirimanne and Mathews rebuilt the innings with a 69-run stand-up-to-lunch, but Anderson broke through after the break.
The series resumed last week after being canceled in March due to the coronavirus. It is played behind closed doors.
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