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Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test, 2nd Day: England on top as Ben Foakes’ dream debut continues

Through: Reuters | Galle |

Printed: November 7, 2018 6:19:49 pm

Galle: England’s Ben Foakes celebrates scoring a century throughout the second one day of the primary Check cricket fit between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Picture)  

Ben Foakes marked his Check debut with a century and inspired along with his glovework, too, as England bowled out Sri Lanka for 203 earlier than stretching their result in 177 runs on the second one day of the hole Check. The vacationers have been 38 with out loss at stumps on Wednesday after their bowlers, led by means of off-spinner Moeen Ali, had earned them at hand 139-run first innings lead on the Galle World Stadium.

Keaton Jennings used to be on 26 and debutant Rory Burns nonetheless with him on 11, hoping to make amends after managing most effective 9 within the first innings. All eyes were on Foakes originally of play, when he resumed wanting 13 runs for a century in his first Check innings with England on 321-Eight.

The 25-year-old hit the primary ball of the day for a boundary however used to be at risk of working out of companions after Jack Leach become off-spinner Dilruwan Perera’s 5th sufferer.


Then again, quantity 11 batsman James Anderson survived lengthy sufficient for Foakes to achieve 3 figures earlier than earlier than falling to paceman Suranga Lakmal. Foakes hit 10 obstacles in his glowing 107 and is the second one England wicketkeeper, after Matt Prior, to attain a century on his Check debut.

The Anderson-Foakes pairing used to be quickly again in tandem within the box, combining to disregard Dimuth Karunaratne stuck at the back of off the second one ball of the Sri Lankan innings. With the hosts reeling on 40-Four, former captain Angelo Mathews arrested the slide in a 75-run stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who braved a groin harm to make 33.

Foakes effected a wise stumping to disregard Chandimal off an Adil Rashid leg-break and remained within the thick of the motion by means of pouching a few catches. Mathews hit 3 obstacles in his affected person 52, silencing questions on his health and working between the wickets, however fell to Moeen off the primary ball after the tea wreck.

England’s three-pronged spin assault grabbed 8 of the 10 Sri Lankan wickets, with Moeen claiming Four-66 as Sri Lanka folded quickly after crossing the 200-mark. Sri Lanka’s top-order cave in reflected England’s wretched get started within the first innings, however lacked a Foakes-style rescue of their heart order.

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