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.