Visitors respond strongly to Bairstow ton


Sri Lanka were in a solid position at stumps on day two of the third Test against England at Lord's, on 162 for one and trailing by 254 runs after Jonny Bairstow recorded 167 not out.

Bairstow had already recorded his century overnight, but continued on in the face of the loss of the other four wickets the team had in hand. England were all out for 416 just after lunch, and Kaushal Silva reached 79 not out at stumps.

The day began with England on 279 for six, with Bairstow on 107. Chris Woakes was at the other end on 23, and he went on to record his maiden Test half century. He was the only wicket to fall in the morning, caught and bowled for 66 by Rangana Herath.

The other three wickets fell fairly cheaply in the afternoon, as Stuart Broad, Steve Finn, and James Anderson went for 14, 7, and 4 respectively. Bairstow had batted for 405 minutes when he left the field.

Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne (50) did excellently before tea, reaching the break on 62 for none, and eventually recording an opening stand of 108. Karunaratne was the one to break the stand, caught behind by Bairstow, ever in the action, off Finn's bowling.

Kaushal then continued on with Kusal Perera, playing in his first Test of the series after his incorrect drug ban, and they too put on a half century stand before the close. Perera was on 25 not out.