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Sri Lanka Wins Toss, Will Bat 1st In 2nd Test Vs England

Sri Lanka Wins Toss, Will Bat 1st In 2nd Test Vs England

GALLE, Sri Lanka: An unbeaten hundred by Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka to 229-4 at stumps Friday on the first day of the second test against England.

Mathews came in to bat at 7-2 after James Anderson had dismissed both Kusal Perera (6) and Oshada Fernando (0) in the morning session.

Lahiru Thirimanne gave solid support to Mathews. Sri Lanka added 69 runs for the third wicket before Anderson struck in the second ball after lunch as Thirimanne nicked one to the wicketkeeper.

Stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal then joined Mathews and the duo produced a 117-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Wood was persisting with some high quality fast bowling on a flat wicket where there was hardly any assistance for the seam bowlers. He had Chandimal in trouble with a bouncer that hit the batsman on the head.

His perseverance paid off when he trapped Chandimal leg before wicket. The batsman, who made 52 for his 20th half-century, unsuccessfully reviewed the decision.

It was hard work bowling out there, Wood said. This pith was tougher than the last one. We knew it was going to be harder. They played well and it didnt spin as much as it did in the first test. We intend to make early inroads tomorrow morning.

Mathews, who missed Sri Lankas recent tour of South Africa with a hamstring injury, reached his 11th test hundred and the third against England with a single off Jack Leach to point region. It was his first test hundred in Galle, a venue where he had made his test debut 12 years ago.

England took the new ball soon after it was available but werent able to make the breakthrough as Niroshan Dickwella and Mathews were involved in an unfinished 36 run stand for the fifth wicket.

The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper has been promoted to sixth in this series and is under fire after a string of rash strokes brought about his dismissal in recent tests.

Anderson finished with 3-24. Ten of his 19 overs were maidens.

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