Angelo Mathews passes 6000 runs in Test Cricket
2021-01-14 at 13:20
Stuart Broad gave England the perfect start to their Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle with a double strike on the first morning.
Sri Lanka endured a poor morning, starting with the news that their captain Dimuth Karunaratne was ruled out with a thumb injury.
Dinesh Chandimal stepped up and won the toss, unsurprisingly opting to bat first.
England selected Broad over James Anderson and Mark Wood ahead of Olly Stone and gave a debut to Dan Lawrence.
Sri Lanka made it through the first six overs, before an inspired bit of captaincy and bowling saw England earn a double breakthrough.
Lahiru Thirimanne, who kept his place because of Karunaratne’s injury, duly sent the ball straight to Johnny Bairstow, who took a smart catch.
Two balls later, Broad bowled a neat leg cutter to the groping Kusal Mendis, who was caught behind.
After a second innings duck in Centurion and a pair at the Wanderers, Mendis recorded nought in his last four innings.
Kusal Perera had scored 20 of Sri Lanka’s first 25 runs and was in a customarily attacking mood.
That cost him, though, when Dom Bess entered the attack and Perera gloved a reverse sweep straight to Root at slip.
That brought Angelo Mathews and Chandimal, together, and they survived to take lunch at 65/3.