International Test Match Series – Day 1 of 5 at Galle England lead series 1-0 in two-match series
Sri Lanka vs England
Sri Lanka first innings, 381 ao off 139.3 ov, Thirimanne 43 off 95, 5 fours, Mathews 110 off 238, 11 fours, Chandimal 52 off 121, 4 fours, 1six, Dickwella 92 0ff 144, 10 fours, Perera 67 off 170, 8 fours, 1six, Anderson 6-40, Mark Wood 3-84, Curran 1-60.
England 1st Innings 98-2 off 30 ov Bairstow 24no off 61, 4fours, Root 67 off 77, 10 fours, Embuldeniya 2-33
England trail by 283 runs with 8 wickets remaining
Mathews fall early caught behind for 110, but Niroshan Dickwella hits his highest Test score 92 as number eight Dilruwan Perera was able to halt England’s progress by putting pressure on the spinner’s and adds an unbeaten 67. Dickwella who falls eight runs short of a maiden Test hundred as the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper falls into Anderson’s trap of offering him some width on the offside, by mistiming the shot which Jack Leach at mid-off takes a beautiful diving catch. Six-wickets haul for Jimmy Anderson England’s oldest paceman.
Embuldeniya removes both England openers cheaply. At stumps England are 98-2 with Root 67 no and Bairstow 24no a brilliant England recovery after losing both openers early.