Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England remove Sri Lanka's top three with victory in sight at lunch

England remove Sri Lanka's top three with victory in sight at lunch

Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal is doubtful for the second Test against England after sustaining an injury in the first Test match.

England's Moeen Ali, center, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella with team mates during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Only four members of this team played in the Chittagong Test and the presence of new faces such as Ben Foakes, and Jack Leach, who took five wickets in his second Test, as well as the continued success of Sam Curran gives Root great hope for the future.

Moeen Ali's four wickets helped England take a 139-run first innings lead but the spin all-rounder could not justify his promotion to number three for the second time in the match.

"This is very special and I thought we played some really good stuff".

"We've got a fantastic squad of players; we came into this tour knowing that we've got different options".

Ben Stokes, Jennings' partner in their 107-run fourth-wicket partnership, shrugged off his early tentativeness to clobber three sixes in his 62 before Dilruwan Perara spun one past his bat to hit the top of the off-stump with a handsome delivery.

"Our batting was below par and, if you display that kind of batting, you can't stay in the game", Chandimal added.

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They played some outstanding cricket.

Sri Lanka's failure to grasp finer nuances of sessions cricket irked Hathurusingha further.

"We've done our homework and made sure we came here knowing how we were going to try and approach things", said Root.

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (eight) survived seven overs but Sri Lanka will need a near miracle to save the test.

Karunaratne followed soon and Dhananjaya de Silva was trapped by Ben Stokes at the stroke of lunch to make it 98/3 which left the middle-order to do with a lot of work to do. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review.

Moeen Ali grabbed four wickets for England. Mathews was dismissed after tea for 53, caught by Jos Buttler at short mid-wicket off Ali.

Joe Root was the key wicket and retiring hero Rangana Herath (below) claimed it for the second time in the match, gripping the surface and taking the edge as the captain pushed forward.

"The seamers might not get the praise they deserve throughout this game, they built a lot of pressure".

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