England lead Sri Lanka in Galle by 177 runs with 10 wickets remaining on Day 2

England's Jack Leach (C) celebrates with Jos Buttler (3rd R) and his teammates
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England's Ben Foakes (L) celebrates his century next to his teammate James Anderson
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Ben Foakes completed a wonderful century for England this morning before they were bowled out for 342 by Sri Lanka. England then put in a top bowling performance to reduce the hosts to 203 all out in reply.


England 342 (Sam Curran 48, Ben Foakes 107 ; Dilruwan Perera 5-75) and 38 -0

Sri Lanka 203 (Angelo Mathews 52; Moeen Ali 4-66, Adil Rashid 2-30, Jack Leach 2-41)

At the Close - England lead Sri Lanka by 177 runs with 10 wickets remaining

Scorecard

Summary

The England spin trio of Moeen Ali 4-66, Adil Rashid 2-30 and Jack Leach 2-41 skittled the Sri Lankan batting line-up after Sam Curran and Jimmy Anderson had removed the openers.

At the close of play, England are 38-0.

Report

Ben Foakes reached his maiden Test hundred on his debut, becoming only the second English wicketkeeper to do so. England's innings ended for 342.

In reply, pacers James Anderson and Sam Curran took one each to dismiss the openers. It was an all spinners show from there on.

Dinesh Chandimal (33), Angelo Mathews (52), Niroshan Dickwella (28) and Dilruwan Perera (21) got starts but could not capitalise on them. Out of these, Angelo Mathews lasted the longest before he was caught by Keaton Jennings off Moeen Ali.

Moeen proved to be England's best bowler, bagging four wickets. Jack Leach and Adil Rashid also chipped in with two each.

England did not allow the momentum to shift from their hands. Openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings survived 12 overs to close the day unscathed.

The visitors already had a lead of 139 before they started their second essay. After 38 runs being added to it, they now lead by 177 with all 10 wickets in the bank.

Moreover, Sri Lanka have to bat last on a wicket that is already offering substantial turn to the spinners. To add to that, skipper Dinesh Chandimal is struggling with a groin injury. Looks like the match can have only one end from here on and that is an English win.

 

Sri Lanka - Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath

England - Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes(wk), Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson

 

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