England pulled ahead in the final Test of the tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday, with a superb effort towards the end of the day.
Continuing from the first day’s play, England were not able to add a huge amount of runs before they were ultimately dismissed by their hosts.
Sri Lanka then settled in at the crease for what looked to be a game-changing innings.
A partnership of Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva led Sri Lanka to a score of 173-1, leaving England scratching their heads.
Imagine the surprise then, when Sri Lanka were able to add just 67 more runs to their score for the loss of nine wickets.
Who were England’s heroes on the second day, then?
Find out with our player ratings:
Rory Burns: 6
Blocked out four overs with Keaton Jennings at the end of the day. After 14 in the first innings, the Surrey man will be eager for a big score to help cement his place at the top of the order.
Keaton Jennings: 7
Jennings also saw off the end of the day, but has shown himself to be an astonishing fielder at short leg. The opener took four catches in Sri Lanka’s innings – one more than wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.
Jonny Bairstow: n/a
Didn’t do anything today besides standing there and looking pretty.
Joe Root: 7
Good captaincy today from Root. Didn’t take Ben Stokes off when the seamer was finding his groove, despite the fact the fast-bowlers rarely saw spells in excess of four or five overs.
Ben Stokes: 8
Stuart Broad didn’t find the pitch to be doing much, which makes Ben Stokes’ three wickets all the more impressive. The all-rounder had Mathews, Dickwella, and Perera all out caught behind – not a bad trio, either!
Jos Buttler: n/a
Like Bairstow, Buttler had a long day in the field today. It’s been a successful tour for the big-hitter, and a good score tomorrow would go a long way to setting England up for victory in this match.
Moeen Ali: 5
Not Moeen’s finest day of the tour. The all-rounder’s 13 overs failed to produce a wicket, and at 4.23 an over, he was also England’s most expensive bowler. No mind, however – Ali’s place in the team is secure.
Ben Foakes: 7
Watching Ben Foakes keep wicket is a pure delight. Three catches today, all off Ben Stokes. It’s hard to envision a scenario that doesn’t involve injury where Bairstow would take the gloves back.
Adil Rashid: 10
Adil Rashid, you are my world. The leg spinner took five for only the third time in his Test career, and looked to be unplayable as the Sri Lankan order collapsed. Oh, he ran out another batsman too – we’ll call it five-and-a-half…
Stuart Broad: 5
Broad must be frustrated. Having sat down on the first two games of the tour in favour of Anderson, the failure to take a wicket will be weighing on the fast-bowler’s mind. With so many young intriguing prospects in the pipeline, it may soon be time to ask how long Stuart Broad has left in the England team.
Jack Leach: 7
Leach took the first wicket of the Sri Lankan innings, but failed to take another. Nevertheless, ‘Mr Somerset’ succeeded in holding down an end, and frustrating the run flow.