The Somerset man was comfortably the most economical of England's three-pronged spin attack, again providing evidence of his control while also retaining the ability to take wickets at key times. Curran, fast becoming an England hero, said reaching near 300 was a "massive" achievement.
It summed up a frustrating second day for England, who reduced Sri Lanka to 165-6 only for Roshen Silva's 85 to push them up to 336 in response to England's 290. The way Roshan Silva not only equalled, but went past Sam Curran's knock lower down the order, has actually led the game to where it is standing right now.
Silva and Niroshan Dickwella put on 46 runs for the seventh wicket but the stand that handed Sri Lanka the initiative back was the ninth worth 56 runs between Silva and Akila Dananjaya (31).
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"It was crucial. You saw in the evening how much it spun".
"Getting a lead of 46 is a big advantage to us against their spinners when it comes to the fourth innings", Karunaratne said. Jimmy was probably trying to calm me down, telling me to trust him. "He was probably the one telling me to calm down and trust him".
The tourists' batting order is set to be rejigged, though, with Ben Stokes replacing Moeen Ali, who managed zero and three in Galle, at number three, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on its website.
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Ben Stokes (19) was promoted to bat at No.3 and was adjudged lbw to Dilruwan Perera on review after the Sri Lankans referred the original decision.
Root, who scored 35 and three in the first Test, was bowled by Pushpakumara in the 18th over for 14 and Rory Burns (43) soon followed as England slumped to 89 for 4 before lunch.
The best performance with the willow, though, came from Roshen Silva, who was the last Sri Lankan wicket to fall in the innings.
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Silva was especially impressive in partnership with the tail, which had bailed Sri Lanka out of a precarious situation. 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.