Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes combined in compelling fashion as England grappled the initiative from Sri Lanka on day two of the second Test, setting up the prospect of a series whitewash in Colombo. From an imposing position of 173 for one shortly before tea the hosts lost nine wickets for 67, bundled aside by Rashid’s career-best haul of five for 49 and a lung-busting three-wicket burst from the indefatigable Stokes. That guaranteed England an improbable first-innings lead of 96, extended by three as Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings fended off four overs before stumps. Sri Lanka were left dizzy by the speed of developments at Sinhalese Sports Club, one moment basking in the biggest stand of the series – 142 between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya De Silva – and the next fighting for a foothold in a game that had been ruthlessly ripped away from them. England captain Joe Root had been curiously reluctant to use Rashid and Stokes, who bowled just one of the innings’ first 41 overs between them. Once unleashed, they threw themselves into the spotlight, Rashid’s leg-spin accounting for both of Sri Lanka’s set batsmen before he added three more scalps and a direct hit… Read full this story
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