Sri Lanka v England SCORECARD: Updates from day two of the third Test in Colombo 

Sri Lanka v England SCORECARD: Updates from day two of the third Test in Colombo

  • England reached 312-7 at stumps on day one of the third Test with Sri Lanka
  • Jonny Bairstow scored a century to give England the upper hand in Colombo
  • Moeen Ali (23*) and Adil Rashid (13*) will resume at the crease for England 

Sportsmail Reporter

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid resume at the crease looking to enforce England’s position on day two of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

England reached 312-7 at stumps on day one, where Jonny Bairstow scored a magnificent 110 on his return to the side, batting at No 3.

Other notable contributions saw Ben Stokes make 57 while England captain Joe Root fell four runs short of a half-century when he top-edged to mid-wicket off of Lakshan Sandakan’s bowling.

But the day belonged to Bairstow, who was returning to the England side after missing the first Test through a twisted ankle before replacement Ben Foakes kept his place for the second Test after a debut century.

‘It means a lot,’ Bairstow said of his sixth Test century. ‘There are different things you go through when you get castigated about being injured doing X, Y and Z, when people don’t actually see what’s gone on.

‘I’m proud as punch of myself and everything that I’ve done over the last few weeks, because that injury potentially should have kept me out for six to eight weeks, and I’m back in four weeks and playing in a Test match.

‘You’ve got to deliver when you’re asked to and you get left out of the side when you’ve not done too much wrong over the last couple of years. ‘All of a sudden, you’re asked to bat where you’ve not batted before, so you’re learning on the job.

‘You look at the challenges that have been put in front of me as a cricketer over a period of time and there’s been quite a few. I’d like to hope I’ve come through most challenges along the way, and I’m desperately proud. This past couple of weeks has been really tough.’

Follow the action from day two with Sportsmail’s live scorecard. 


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