Bess takes 5-30 as England take cost

Dom Bess’ (centre) earlier five-wicket haul got here towards South Africa in Port Elizabeth in January 2020
First Take a look at, Galle (day one)
Sri Lanka 135: Bess 5-30, Broad 3-20
England 127-2: Root 66*, Bairstow 47*
England path by 8 runs

Spinner Dom Bess took 5-30 as a woeful Sri Lanka batting show left England in management after the opening day of the primary Take a look at in Galle.

The hosts had been bowled out for 135 in solely 46.1 overs regardless of profitable the toss on a pitch that provided solely somewhat spin.

England closed on 127-2, with Joe Root unbeaten on 66, Jonny Bairstow 47 not out and their third-wicket stand value 110.

Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley fell to left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya for 4 and 9 respectively.

Sri Lanka’s complete was the bottom in a primary innings in a Galle Take a look at, and was a pitiful exhibition of indiscipline and poor strokes which demonstrated a transparent lack of knowledge of find out how to construct a Take a look at innings.

England, who made 5 modifications from their earlier Take a look at in August, had been disciplined with the ball and tidy within the subject, apart from a drop from debutant Dan Lawrence, with Stuart Broad excellent in taking 3-20.

The second day begins at 04:30 GMT on Friday.

Sloppy Sri Lanka present England early benefit

With England’s most up-to-date Take a look at being performed 5 months in the past, and Sri Lanka enjoying in South Africa over Christmas and the brand new yr, there was concern that the vacationers wouldn’t be as ready because the hosts.

These fears quickly disappeared.

Broad, who had Lahiru Thirimanne caught at leg slip and Kusal Mendis, who has now made a duck in 4 successive Take a look at innings, caught behind within the seventh over, showcased his expertise and guile by turning to off-cutters nearly instantly.

Bess, enjoying his eleventh Take a look at, could have taken his second five-wicket haul in Assessments however struggled to discover a constant line and size.

Kusal Perera reverse swept Bess’ second ball to Root at slip, whereas Niroshan Dickwella slapped a protracted hop to Sibley at level to fall for 12.

After getting Dasun Shanaka in lucky circumstances as a sweep rebounded off Bairstow at brief leg into wicketkeeper Jos Buttler’s palms, Bess produced a superbly flighted supply to bowl Dilruwan Perera between bat and pad for a duck.

He rounded off the innings by bowling the reverse-sweeping Wanindu Hasaranga for 19 because the hosts misplaced their final 5 wickets for 30 runs.

Stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews provided some battle with a stand of 56 for the fourth wicket, the previous turning into the twelfth Sri Lankan to succeed in 4,000 Assessments runs and Mathews the fifth to six,000.

Nevertheless, each fell tamely within the house of three balls as Broad – who had taken three wickets in 80 overs in Sri Lanka earlier than this match – had Mathews slashing to slide, earlier than Chandimal looped a easy catch to Sam Curran at cowl to provide Jack Leach his first Take a look at wicket since November 2019.

Root & Bairstow nullify spin menace

For England this two-Take a look at tour, which was lower brief in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is a build-up to the four-Take a look at sequence in India that follows.

To face any probability of beating Virat Kohli’s facet England should play spin nicely, and they are going to be involved by the early inroads that Sri Lanka made.

Opener Sibley, whom many really feel is weak towards spin, edged to slide through his again pad as he tried to work Embuldeni to leg.

Crawley, promoted to open given Rory Burns’ absence to be on the delivery of his first little one, seemed to take Embuldeniya excessive – a shot he performed fantastically final summer time – however mistimed it to mid-off.

Nevertheless, Root, whose fifty was his fiftieth in Take a look at cricket, will likely be buoyed by the way in which he and the recalled Bairstow nullified the spin menace as they shared England’s highest partnership in Galle.

It was a chanceless stand, though Root overturned an lbw resolution on 20 with replays exhibiting the ball would have gone over the stumps.

Each he and Bairstow scored across the wicket, with Root enjoying the sweep to good impact, and Bairstow slicing and flicking via mid-wicket nicely.

They are going to hope to construct a considerable first-innings lead and switch the match right into a three-innings sport.

‘England did not should work arduous in any respect’ – response

England spinner Dom Bess on BBC Take a look at Match Particular: “We now have put ourselves in a extremely good place. Rooty and Jonny batted rather well as a result of the wicket began to spin.

“I felt I used to be fairly nervous. I hadn’t bowled in a sport for the reason that Take a look at matches final summer time.

“I did not really feel I bowled in addition to I do know I can. That is cricket, is not it? There is likely to be days bowl exceptionally nicely and go 1-100.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan: “It was a incredible day for England.

“The partnership with Root and Bairstow was precisely what was required by Sri Lanka.

“Mathews and Chandimal are skilled execs. They had been enjoying properly after which performed two rash photographs. It was so poor from Sri Lanka.”

Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Russell Arnold: “It’s not a minefield. It was very poor from Sri Lanka. England did not should work arduous in any respect.

“It is extremely, very disappointing. It shocked me and I anticipated much more.”

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