Debutant Ben Foakes hit a defiant and unbeaten 87, guiding England to protection — after Sri Lanka claimed affordable early wickets — on 321 for 8 on the finish of the primary day of the primary Check. The Surrey wicket-keeper batsman, who is aware of this might simply be a one-off probability as Jonny Bairstow regains health, got here in with England precariously put on 103 for 5 on a Galle pitch infamous for low ratings. Foakes constructed the most important partnerships together with an 88-run 7th wicket stand with Sam Curran, who made 48, to defy Sri Lanka’s bowlers.
England elected to bat first in what used to be Sri Lankan spin legend Rangana Herath’s farewell fit.
The correct-handed Foakes steadied the innings achieving his part century early within the ultimate consultation because the vacationers misplaced simply 3 wickets after lunch.
Foakes placed on 61 for the 6th wicket with Jos Buttler, who used to be sooner or later stuck in the back of off Dilruwan Perera for 38.
Left-hander Curran attacked the bowling, hitting one 4 and 3 sixes prior to falling two wanting his fifty to spinner Akila Dananjaya.
Adil Rashid made an invaluable 35 in a stand of 54 with Foakes that greater the disappointment for Sri Lanka’s bowlers prior to he turned into Perera’s fourth sufferer of the day.
Jack Leach, batting on 14, then survived some nervous moments within the ultimate two overs to offer Foakes a possibility to finish a momentous debut ton on day two.
Sri Lanka’s veteran spinner Rangana Herath, claimed his 100th Check scalp at Galle after sending again England skipper Joe Root within the opening consultation.
Handiest two different bowlers have accomplished 100 Check wickets on one flooring — Herath’s mythical compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan who accomplished it at Galle, Kandy and SSC Colombo, and England paceman James Anderson at Lord’s.
Herath notched up the milestone when Root got here down the wicket and neglected after a breezy 35.
Root had additionally steadied England once they stumbled to 10 for two after debutant opener Rory Burns used to be stuck in the back of off Surange Lakmal for 9 and Moeen Ali used to be bowled subsequent ball.
Surrey left-hander Burns were given the harsh process of changing stalwart Alastair Cook dinner following his retirement in September.
After Root’s dismissal, Perera skittled Keaton Jennings 4 wanting his 50 prior to bowling Ben Stokes round his legs for seven as he tried to brush.