After defeating Sri Lanka by 88 runs in the first match held at Headingly, England is geared-up ahead of the second test so England team will take on against Sri Lanka for the second test match at Durham on Friday. In the three match series, England has taken a lead of 1-0.
English batsmen Jonathan Bairstow scored a ton in the opening matching and helped the team to get a respected total of 298. Propelled by the five-wicket hall of Jimmy Anderson, English team restricted Sri Lanka to a very low total of 91. English captain again invited still Sri Lanka to bat on but were not able to cross 150 mark and bowled out for 119. And England won the match within three days by 74 with an innings. Anderson again spearheaded the charge of English bowling line-up and had taken a five-wicket hall again. Jonathan Bairstow was named as the man of the match for scoring 140 on his home ground.
Sri Lankan batsman are not habitual of seaming conditions and are having difficult time playing English pacers. As you know, most of the Asian wickets support spinners. The only Sri Lankan batsman who showed some courage was Kushal Mednis. He also scored a half-century in the second innings of the first test.
England is geared-up ahead of the second test
Called the first match defeat as embarrassing, Mathews said. “English bowler had bowled in good line and length. We have to look at our mistakes and improve them in the next match.” “There was tough batting conditions”, said Captain Alaistar Cook. He said it was pretty tough wicket to bat on and further added that I think Bairstow was batting on a different wicket.
English pacer Stuart Broad said, we are not going to let Sri Lanka win the second test at Durham on Friday. He added, we were not good as we should be in the first match but still we won. We had dropped catches and didn’t bat pretty well but Bairstow saved us. So, there are lot of things on which we will have to do hard work.
File image of Stuart Broad celebrating. Getty Images
Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal said, “Of course, we are disappointed, but I think team is good as a whole. If we won the next match, I think then we will become confident for rest of the matches”.
Both the team has been dealing with the injury problems. Batsman Ben Stokes who suffered injury in his left knee will be out for the rest of the series, Chris Woakes has been called up as replacement. Woakes has impressed the selectors with his bowling figure of 9 for 36 for Warwickshire in the County cricket. In the Sri Lankan camp, Suranga Lakmal just landed in to replace the Dusmantha Chameera.
The last game played here on River Side, Durham was between Australia and England in which England won by 74 runs. English pacer Stuart Broad propelled England to win against Australia and had taken 11 wickets in the match and also awarded as the ‘man of the match’ as well. England is geared-up ahead of the second test If England wants to win the second test, Broad will have need to play a crucial role and he will also be wanting to repeat the same performance (as in 2013) again.
Both teams have undergone changes, the list of probable players who will likely to play the second test are given below:
Alastair Cook (C), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (WK), James Vince, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steve Finn
Angelo Mathews (C), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dasun Shanaka, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Sharminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep.