Joe Root thanks England supporters for their understanding in hotel mix-up

Joe Root thanks England supporters for their understanding in hotel mix-up

Sri Lanka were faltering at 165-6 but Silva put on 171 with the final four batsmen, before nightwatchman Leach blocked out the final over of the day.

Jack Leach admitted England's game plan took a wrong turn on day two in Kandy but believes the prospect of bowling last on a spinning pitch offers a reason for optimism.

England captain Joe Root received the first demerit point of his career for breaching the ICC's code of conduct on a day when Sri Lanka claimed a 46-run lead in Pallekele.

The former captain put on 77 with Dimuth Karunaratne (57) for the fifth wicket - a stand that was ended in stunning style when Keaton Jennings parried the Karunaratne's sweep off Adil Rashid into Ben Foakes' gloves. The next wicket went to Jack Leach, who looped one into Dilruwan Perera's boot and raised a successful lbw appeal, the batsman having just plain missed it. Recently, after Sam Curran hit six sixes in a Test against Sri Lanka before hitting his first boundary, European Central Bank posed a question where it asked if fans know of anyone who has hit six sixes before getting his first boundary. Burns has played attacking cricket here that he is not necessarily renowned for on the county circuit responding to Root's request to be positive, while Jennings has emerged from the shadow of Cook, although questions clearly remain about his technique against pace. "Getting close to 300 was massive for us", said Curran.

England has not won a test series in Sri Lanka since 2001. The umpire deemed it as a deliberate short-run and consequently, the hosts were penalised.

"I don't think Roshen did it deliberately. We had to work extremely hard to score runs", said Mathews.

Jos Buttler (63) looked in fine fettle as he helped get England back on track with a half-century that included seven boundaries, but Ben Foakes (19) bizarrely did not suggest a review and simply walked off despite not appearing to have connected with the bat when he was caught off Dilruwan at slip.

Curran top-scored with 64 as the tourists made 285 all out in Kandy, clearing the ropes six times in a buccaneering last-wicket stand with support man James Anderson.

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