Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva takes fight to England after Jonny Bairstow Test best

Third Test: second day: England 416; Sri Lanka 162-1
• Sri Lanka batsmen rediscover form to frustrate England’s bowlers

Sri Lanka enjoyed one of their best days of the series. On what is now generally accepted as a typical Lord’s pitch, offering little help to the bowlers beyond a smidgen of low bounce occasionally, they worked very hard to dismiss England for 416, with Jonny Bairstow remaining unbeaten on 167 and Chris Woakes making 66. Their reply was forthright and confident, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva adding 108 for the first wicket before Steven Finn, a little fortuitously, dismissed the former for 50, caught down the legside by a tumbling Bairstow as he tried to turn the ball to fine leg.

If it was a relief for anyone in the England side, then it was for the keeper. Karunaratne had made 28 of Sri Lanka’s 51 when Alastair Cook brought Woakes into the attack from the Nursery End, three overs before the tea interval. Woakes’s first delivery was on the mark, moving across the left-hander and finding a probing edge, which flew to Bairstow who barely managed to get a glove on it before it hit him on the left thigh and bounced away.

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