ENG v SL 1st Test, Day 1: Sri Lanka bundled out for 135 in first innings
In first inning on day first 12 wickets fell on opening day in Galle as England went into stumps at 127/2, trailing Sri Lanka by just eight runs, in the first Test of the two-match series. Before the series, Sri Lanka was favourite for having home advantage but visitors outstanding performance proved that wrong in first inning.
Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 135 in first inning of the first test game, 135 is their lowest first-innings total in Galle after opting to bat. For England, Dom Bess claimed his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket. The visitors lost Dom Sibley in the fifth over of their innings, when Sri Lanka used the DRS. Sibley was adjudged caught at slip off Lasith Embuldeniya. When Zak Crawley, who scored a double-century in his last Test against Pakistan also trapped by Sri Lanka and at that time England completely in trouble at 17/2.
Then, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow fight back after early wickets to take England to 127/2 at stumps on day one. They have put up an unbeaten 110-run partnership for the third wicket, now all eyes on day two. aptain Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow take of the pressure and counter-attacked the bowlers, putting on an unbroken 110 partnership to help England fight back. With that, Root brought up his 50th half-century in Test cricket, Bairstow playing not out on 47.
Sri Lanka felt the pressure after an early blow when it emerged their captain, opener Dimuth Karunaratne, was ruled out of the Test with a fractured thumb. Dinesh Chandimal took over the captaincy in his stead, but his team’s batting performance in the first innings has ensured he’ll have a tough outing. Also missing was Suranga Lakmal, who failed to recover from a niggling injury.
The hosts lost their first wicket in as early as the seventh over, when Lahiru Thirimanne fell into Broad’s trap and Thirimanne promptly fended it to the fielder. Two balls later, Broad had another when Kusal Mendis fell to his leg-cutter, feathering an edge to the wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. It was his fourth duck in a row in Tests.
There were a few hopes on Kusal Perera, given his track record for reviving teams in the face of adversity, but when he was dismissed for a 28-ball 20 – he top-edged an attempted reverse-sweep – Sri Lanka were 25/3. It was then that two veteran batsmen, Angelo Mathews and Chandimal, got together to attempt to revive the innings.
Mathews and Chandimal had to be extremely cautious. And they were putting on a 56-run stand for the fourth wicket, off 113 balls. They had taken the total to 81 when Broad claimed the big wicket of Mathews, who attempted a cut and edged it to slip. When Chandimal followed suit in the next over, Sri Lanka were in dire straits at 81/5. Dilruwan Perera and Embuldeniya both failed to get off the mark, and while Wanindu Hasaranga’s enterprising 22-ball 19 took Sri Lanka to 135, his dimissal, which helped Bess to the coveted five-wicket haul, ended a difficult innings.
SL playing: Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando
ENG playing: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad