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Curran and Buttler in rescue act for England

AFP
Published Nov 15, 2018, 2:36 am IST
Updated Nov 15, 2018, 2:36 am IST
Buttler’s 63 off 67 deliveries ensured Sri Lanka did not convert a good position into a dominant one.
England’s Jos Buttler plays a reverse sweep against Sri Lanka during the second Test at Kandy. 	(Photo: AFP)
 England’s Jos Buttler plays a reverse sweep against Sri Lanka during the second Test at Kandy. (Photo: AFP)

Kandy: Sri Lanka’s spinners claimed some big-name England wickets on the first day of the second Test on Wednesday before Jos Buttler and Sam Curran rescued the innings.

Buttler’s 63 and a crucial 64 from Curran at the end lifted England to 285 all out after they had been struggling on 89-4 on the turning Pallekelle stadium pitch. Curran, fast becoming an England hero, said reaching near 300 was a “massive” achievement.

 

England spinner Jack Leach then strengthened England’s position, dismissing opener Kaushal Silva in the 12 overs Sri Lanka faced as the home side reached 26 for one at the close.

A day that saw Ben Stokes, batting at the key number three position, become the latest to fail also reinforced Buttler and Curran’s standing lower down the order.

England were in trouble against spinners Dilruwan Perera who took four wickets, Malinda Pushpakumara (three) and Akila Dananjaya (two) when Buttler came in to counter-attack with five boundaries and a crucial 45-run stand with Adil Rashid who made 31.

 

Buttler’s 63 off 67 deliveries ensured Sri Lanka did not convert a good position into a dominant one.

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