England secure first day advantage over Sri Lanka in 1st Test

Ben Foakes 87* for England on day 1 of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka
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England's Ben Foakes celebrates his half century
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Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera 4-70
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England won the toss and decided to bat against Sri Lanka in the 1st Test at the Galle International Stadium, Galle today.

England 321 - 8 (Sam Curran 48, Ben Foakes 87* ; Dilruwan Perera 4-70)

Sri Lanka – Yet to Bat

At Close of Play – England are 321 for 8

Scorecard

At the close of play on first day of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and Englane, England are 321-8.

It was mixed fortunes for the England batsmen, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali (1st ball) and Ben Stokes all out cheaply and Keaton Jennings 46, Joe Root 35, Jos Buttler 38, Sam Curran 48 all getting a start but not converting it into a big score.

It was, however, Ben Foakes who starred for England with the bat on the first day and Dilruwan Perera 4-70 for Sri Lanka with the ball; which left England with a slight advantage at the close of play with 300+ runs on the board.

If England can get another 30-50 runs tomorrow, then the pressure will be on the Sri Lankan batsmen to step up and try and get a 1st innings advantage over England.

 

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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