Dom Bess, Joe Root and Stuart Broad helped England dominate Sri Lanka on day 1 of the first Test at Galle. Joe Root scored his 50th fifty, while Bess added a 2nd five-wicket haul to his tally.
Dom Bess is the 1st English spinner to take a 5-wicket haul in on Day 1 of a Test in Sri Lanka (Reuters Photo)
- Dom Bess took his second 5-wicket haul to restrict Sri Lanka to 135 in their 1st innings
- Bess and Stuart Broad (3 for 20) shared 8 wickets while second spinner Jack Leach got one
- Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow’s unbroken 110-run stand took England to 127 for 2 at stumps
England dominated proceedings on Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle with 12 wickets falling on Wednesday as the visitors took control of the match after bowling the hosts out for their lowest Test score at the venue.
By the end of the day’s play, it was very much clear that England outclassed Sri Lanka with the ball as well as with the bat.
The only thing that went in Sri Lanka’s favour was the toss but they couldn’t back up the decision with their performance on the field as Bess and Stuart Broad ran through their lineup.
Batting first, Sri Lanka had a string of low scores on the scoreboard. Broad gave the first breakthrough by dismissing Lahiru Thirimanne for just 4 of 22 balls.
SL vs ENG, 1st Test in Galle, Day 1: As it happened
With the middle order crumbling down soon, Sri Lanka were down with 6 wickets for just 105 runs. But the worst was yet to come.
The Lankans lost their next 4 wickets in less than 8 overs. Star off-spinner Bess did incredibly well with the ball, picking 5 wickets for 30 runs to grab his second five-for in Test cricket.
With this performance, Bess also became the first England bowler to take 5 wickets on the first day of a Test in Sri Lanka, who were eventually bowled out for 135 in 46.1 overs.
Bess and Broad (3 for 20) shared 8 wickets between themselves while second spinner Jack Leach got the lone scalp of captain Dinesh Chandimal.
England in reply, lost its first 2 wickets early – Dominic Sibley and Zac Crawley both falling to left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.
But Jonny Bairstow and England skipper Joe Root played promising knocks and contributed 110 runs for the third wicket to take the team to 127 for 2 in 41 overs at stumps on Day 1.
Root scored his 50th Test fifty and remained not out on 66 while Bairstow will resume his knock on Thursday on 47. England now trail the Lankans by just 8 runs in the first innings
If the home team doesn’t come back strongly with quick wickets on Day 2, they might have a problem keeping up against the strong England batting line up which also runs very deep.