Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

England set Sri Lanka huge target after Jennings ton

Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Live Cricket Streaming Ben Foakes nearing debut hundred Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Live Cricket Streaming Ben Foakes nearing debut hundred
Rita Gibson | 10 November, 2018, 10:01

Jos Buttler made 35 and England's first-innings hero Ben Foakes contributed 37 before Root chose to give his bowler a go at the Sri Lankan openers in fading light.

"We knew we were going to have to work hard and that there would be periods where we would have to be very patient, hold our nerve, trust our plans and how we were going to go about things", said Root.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis plays a shot as England's wicketkeeper Ben Foakes watches during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Root reserved special praise for Foakes, who stole the show with 107 runs in his first innings on the Test stage. "We have to look at a replacement or standby player", he added.

Moeen Ali, out first ball in the first innings, fared little better in the second, driving straight to Rangana Herath at mid-on off Dilruwan Perera for three.

England ended Wednesday's second day on 38 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 177 runs after they dismissed Sri Lanka for 203 in the hosts' first innings.

Moeen Ali and Joe Root endured low scores, and once Sri Lanka sent them both packing in a span of seven runs and five overs, it marked their small comeback in the match. Stokes shrugged off his early tentativeness to clobber three sixes in his 62 before Perara spun one past his bat to hit the top of the off-stump with a handsome delivery.

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Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, says it was a really good wicket but their batting was below par.

One ball after Dhananjaya de Silva successfully overturned a caught behind decision, Stokes tightened up his line and took an indisputable edge that nestled safely in the hands of Root.

After the break Kusal Mendis hit Leach for four over his head but attempting a repeat the next ball skied the ball to Ali, departing for an otherwise impressive 46.

Even Angelo Mathews could easily have fallen for a trap that England set for him early in his innings, when he pulled a short ball from Ben Stokes to the midwicket fielder, but he earned a reprieve as he was dropped by James Anderson.

He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath - perhaps a yard or two slower than in his pomp - was beaten by Stokes's quick arm as the 40-year-old dived for his crease. From 2011 the support from my wife, kids and my immediate family members, I really appreciate the support and without that I don't I could have got to where I am right now. "From there on we were chasing the game", he said.

Earlier, a disciplined piece of bowling from Sri Lanka saw them pick up three wickets for 73 runs in the opening session.

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