After a good first day, England continued their upper hand in the game as vital contributions from Robson, Balance and Bell which led then towards for a big lead. Sri Lanka came back well with some late strikes towards end of day but by that time England sent themselves in a good position. Sri Lanka will look to pack up England as early as possible on Day 3 and keep the lead under 100.

It just took three overs for Sri Lanka on 2nd day to send Cook back to hut after he added 3 more runs to his overnight score, got out to Prasad poking it to slips. However, a solid partnership between Sam Robson and Gary Ballance ensured England towards a comfortable position. They both ensured England without any other loss after Cook as they went to Lunch at 104 for 1.

After Lunch, both the batsmen continue from where they left. Both the set batsman tried to attack as Sri Lankan problems increased. Robson and Ballance played every bowler with ease scoring some delightful strokes. Gary Ballance went on to score his first fifty, his second fifty plus as first was converted into a ton. On other hand, Robson too scored his first fifty and went on to convert the knock into a maiden century. Finally Lankan got a breakthrough as Mathews when his found an outside edge of Ballance for 74 which meant that the 142 run partnership finally broken. Bell joined Robson and Robson went towards his ton. At tea interval, he was unbeaten on 98 as England were 211 for 2.

Ian Bell, playing his 100th Test match played aggressively after the Tea break. He played some glorious drives and kept the score running. On the other end, Robson finally completed his maiden Test ton after which he too tried to score freely. The both batsmen put on 87 runs for third wicket that too in a quick time of 19 overs before Pradeep cleaned up Robson for 127. After Robson, Root joined Bell and slowly moved into the last hour of the play.

The last hour turned the hands towards Sri Lanka as they got three wickets in no time. First Bell nicked to Chandimal of Eranga for 64 off 90 deliveries. The next over, Mathews struck to send back Joe Root for 13 as he to nicked to Keeper Chandimal. After two overs, Chandimal took another catch, fourth of the innings as Moeen Ali departed off Eranga for 2. Suddenly England lost 3 wickets in span off 2 runs. Later Prior and Jordan played out the remaining overs as England lead by 63 runs with another 4 wickets in hand.

Score Details:

England: 320 for 6 (SD Robson 127, G Ballance 74; AD Mathews 2/29, RMS Eranga 2/63) lead Sri Lanka: 257 all out (K Sangakkara 79; L Plunkett 5/64) by 63 runs

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