Roles reverse as English spinners put visitors in command

Sri Lanka vs England - 1st Test

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The Englishmen took control of the opening Test with their spinners leading the way on day two, after Ben Foakes hit a century to remember on debut at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

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England resumed on 321/8 with all eyes on Benjamin Thomas Foakes who was 13 runs short of what would be a remarkable century on debut. His overnight partner Jack Leach though soon fell prey to Dilruwan Perera who captured his 5th wicket in the innings, but Foakes continued to go on his merry way before becoming only the 5th wicket-keeper in the history of Test cricket to register a century on debut. 

He was also the second English wicket-keeper to achieve the unique feat while two Sri Lankans Brendon Kuruppu and Romesh Kaluwitharana are also on the list. Unfortunately he lasted only two balls after his century as he was dismissed by Suranga Lakmal – who ended with three wickets – in search of quick runs as England were bowled out for 342.

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Dimuth Karunaratne’s controlled edge got Sri Lanka going with a boundary off the first ball, but things soon turned sour when Karunaratne nicked-off James Anderson while also burning a review on his way out. England’s golden boy in Test cricket Sam Curran joined in the English party when he trapped the returning Kaushal Silva in front for 01 to have Sri Lanka reeling at 10/2 in the fourth over of their innings. 

The introduction of Jack Leach’s left arm spin accounted for Mendis while De Silva looked to take the attack to Moeen Ali in his first over only to see his stumps rattled while looking to play a paddle sweep, as Sri Lanka fell into a deeper hole.

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The experienced duo of Angelo Mathews and skipper Dinesh Chandimal survived a couple of testing overs of spin on the stroke of lunch before being involved in a vital stand of 75 runs for the 5th wicket. Chandimal’s dismissal for 33 sparked a collapse as Mathews fell soon after making a half century as the English spinners led by Moeen Ali – who captured four wickets – were all over the hosts like a rash. Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 203 conceding a lead of 139 with Adil Rashid and Jack Leach also picking up two wickets apiece.

England drove home the advantage as their openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings batted till close of play and England were 38/0; more importantly with a lead of 177 runs with three days to go in the match.









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Full Scorecard

England

342/10 & 322/6

(93 overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

203/10 & 250/10

(85.1 overs)

England ‘s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Rory Burns c N Dickwella b S Lakmal 9 12
Keaton Jennings b D Perera 46 53
Moeen Ali b S Lakmal 0 1
Joe Root b R Herath 35 46
Ben Stokes b D Perera 7 19
Jos Butler c N Dickwella b D Perera 38 72
Ben Foakes c D De Silva b S Lakmal 107 202
Sam Curran c D Chandimal b A Dananjaya 48 104
Adil Rashid c D De Silva b D Perera 35 38
Jack Leach c D De Silva b D Perera 15 31
James Anderson not out 0 4
Extras
2 (b 1, lb 1)
Total
342/10 (97 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-10 (R Burns, 2.3 ov), 2-10 (M Ali, 2.4 ov), 3-72 (J Root, 16.1 ov), 4-98 (K Jennings, 21.1 ov), 5-103 (B Stokes, 23.3 ov), 6-164 (J Butler, 43.6 ov), 7-252 (S Curran, 77.2 ov), 8-306 (A Rashid, 87.4 ov), 9-330 (J Leach, 95.2 ov), 10-342 (B Foakes, 96.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 18 5 73 3 4.06
Dilruwan Perera 31 6 75 5 2.42
Akila Dananjaya 20 2 96 1 4.80
Rangana Herath 25 4 78 1 3.12
Dhananjaya de Silva 3 0 18 0 6.00

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Dimuth Karunarathne c B Foakes b J Anderson 4 2
Kaushal Silva lbw by S Curran 1 6
Dhananjaya de Silva b M Ali 14 47
Kusal Mendis c B Stokes b J Leach 19 32
Angelo Mathews c K Jennings b M Ali 52 122
Dinesh Chandimal st B Foakes b A Rashid 33 72
Niroshan Dickwella c J Butler b M Ali 28 39
Dilruwan Perera c J Butler b J Leach 21 49
Akila Dananjaya c B Foakes b M Ali 0 3
Suranga Lakmal c J Anderson b A Rashid 15 20
Rangana Herath not out 14 16
Extras
2 (lb 2)
Total
203/10 (68 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (D Karunarathne, 0.2 ov), 2-10 (K Silva, 3.3 ov), 3-34 (K Mendis, 13.2 ov), 4-40 (De Silva, 16.3 ov), 5-115 (D Chandimal, 43.2 ov), 6-136 (A Mathews, 49.3 ov), 7-171 (N Dickwella, 59.6 ov), 8-173 (A Dananjaya, 61.3 ov), 9-175 (D Perera, 62.6 ov), 10-203 (S Lakmal, 67.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
James Anderson 10 0 26 1 2.60
Sam Curran 6 1 16 1 2.67
Jack Leach 18 2 41 2 2.28
Moeen Ali 21 4 66 4 3.14
Adil Rashid 9 1 30 2 3.33
Ben Stokes 4 0 22 0 5.50

England ‘s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Rory Burns (runout) D Karunarathne 23 65
Keaton Jennings not out 146 280
Moeen Ali c R Herath b D Perera 3 11
Joe Root c N Dickwella b R Herath 3 19
Ben Stokes b D Perera 62 93
Jos Butler c K Silva b R Herath 35 58
Ben Foakes c K Mendis b A Dananjaya 37 34
Sam Curran not out 0 0
Extras
13 (b 4, lb 7, nb 2)
Total
322/6 (93 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-60 (R Burns, 22.6 ov), 2-67 (M Ali, 26.3 ov), 3-74 (J Root, 31.3 ov), 4-181 (B Stokes, 60.5 ov), 5-258 (J Butler, 83.1 ov), 6-319 (B Foakes, 92.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Dilruwan Perera 30 3 94 2 3.13
Suranga Lakmal 9 2 30 0 3.33
Rangana Herath 23 1 59 2 2.57
Akila Dananjaya 18.5 2 87 1 4.70
Dhananjaya de Silva 12.1 2 41 0 3.39

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Dimuth Karunarathne c & b M Ali 26 86
Kaushal Silva lbw by J Leach 30 59
Dhananjaya de Silva c J Root b B Stokes 21 44
Kusal Mendis c M Ali b J Leach 45 77
Angelo Mathews c J Butler b M Ali 53 92
Dinesh Chandimal b J Leach 1 11
Niroshan Dickwella c B Stokes b M Ali 16 32
Dilruwan Perera c B Stokes b A Rashid 30 49
Akila Dananjaya c B Stokes b M Ali 8 18
Suranga Lakmal not out 14 25
Rangana Herath (runout) B Stokes 5 18
Extras
1 (b 1)
Total
250/10 (85.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-51 (K Silva, 22.3 ov), 2-59 (D Karunarathne, 25.2 ov), 3-98 (De Silva, 37.2 ov), 4-144 (K Mendis, 50.5 ov), 5-154 (D Chandimal, 54.4 ov), 6-190 (N Dickwella, 66.1 ov), 7-197 (A Mathews, 68.4 ov), 8-229 (A Dananjaya, 76.6 ov), 9-239 (D Perera, 79.3 ov), 10-250 (R Herath, 85.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Sam Curran 5 1 15 0 3.00
James Anderson 12 2 27 0 2.25
Moeen Ali 20 2 71 4 3.55
Adil Rashid 18.1 0 59 1 3.26
Jack Leach 21 1 60 3 2.86
Ben Stokes 8 2 16 1 2.00
Joe Root 1 0 1 0 1.00