Sport news England rip through Sri Lanka's batting line-up, skittling out their hosts for just 135, with Stuart Broad and the spinners taking the wickets in under two sessions in the first Test in Galle Metinews.com
MetiNews.Com - Stuart Broad took three wickets - two in the morning session, one after lunch - with spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach also getting in on the act in an erratic display of batting by the hosts on day one.
Breaking News ! England made a brilliant start in the first Test against Sri Lanka as they dismissed a dismal Sri Lanka for 135 by tea on day one in Galle. The hosts opted to bat first after winning the toss but saw themselves reduced to 65-3 at lunch and failed to properly recover, with England dismissing their hosts for a lowly 135 as Dom Bess took a 5er and Stuart Broad took three wickets in the first two sessions of the Test match. While the tourists were a tad lucky, with two dismissals in particular, Sri Lanka's batting display was woeful and firmly hands Joe Root's side the initiative ahead of the final session of the day. Stuart Broad took three wickets as England made a strong start to the first Test in Sri Lanka Joe Root's side are on top after dismissing the hosts for a lowly 135 by tea on day one RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Abuse an opponent one day and say sorry the next? The... Cricket's anti-corruption unit on alert for match-fixing... NASSER HUSSAIN: This talented England team can take their... Sri Lanka legend Rangana Herath backs England off-spinner... Share this article Share England's preference for two spinners and the extra pace of Mark Wood meant record wicket-taker James Anderson was stood down, leaving Broad the task of leading the attack and he responded in style by removing Lahiru Thirimanne and Kusal Mendis cheaply in the space of three balls in the seventh over. Spinner Dom Bess capitalised on the opening, seeing off Kusal Perera courtesy of an ill-judged reverse sweep as the tourists took charge by lunch, and Bess reeled off four wickets after the interval. The morning began with bad news for the home side, whose captain Dimuth Karunaratne was ruled out with a hairline fracture of the thumb. In his absence Dinesh Chandimal assumed control and opted to bat first.It seemed a fair decision, with the pitch offering little early on, but that did not reckon with Broad's intervention. Dom Bess took five wickets as he rattled through the lower-order putting the tourists in controlThe 34-year-old continued his superb form from 2020, ignoring a lack of swing to land a pair of crucial blows with the new ball. He had already seen Jack Leach misjudge a top edge from Perera at fine leg when he limbered up for his fourth over and struck gold.Thirimanne had been playing himself in quietly for four runs but fell blindly into a trap set by England captain Joe Root, flicking Broad off his pads and straight into the hands of the alert Jonny Bairstow at leg gully.
. Next up was Kusal Mendis, fresh from three straight ducks against South Africa. Broad needed just two balls to make it four in a row, hanging a leg cutter outside off stump and watching as the number three lunged at it and edged to Jos Buttler. The England seamer dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne before Kusal Mendis failed to score At 16 for two, Sri Lanka had surrendered the initiative but worse was to come when Perera tossed away his start. Having scored 20 of his side's first 25 runs he knelt into a pre-meditated reverse sweep from Bess' second ball.His timing was off and when the ball lobbed to slip off the glove, Root made no mistake. Angelo Mathews (17 not out) and Chandimal (22 not out) halted the charge with a stand of 40 but England only had themselves to blame for allowing them to reach the break intact.Dan Lawrence, making his international debut, shelled a simple catch at cover when Chandimal drove loosely at Leach, who also beat the outside edge on several occasions with turn.More to follow... RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Abuse an opponent one day and say sorry the next? The... Cricket's anti-corruption unit on alert for match-fixing... NASSER HUSSAIN: This talented England team can take their... Sri Lanka legend Rangana Herath backs England off-spinner...
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