Chester-le-Street : Riding on a crushing win in the first Test match, the England team continued their dominance over Sri Lanka on day one of the second test match played here. At the close of play, England were 310 for 6.
Sri Lanka too did a decent job as they sent all the main English batsmen back to the pavallion. On day two, England lower order will look to make as many runs possible while the Sri Lankan bowlers would try to get the remaining 4 wickets as early as possible.
Moeen Ali 28 and Chris Wokes 8 were the not out batsmen for England at stumps on day one. Earlier, winning the toss England decided to bat first. But the decision at one point of time was not looking good as the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled with discipline and the fielders backed them really well. In fact 4 out of the 6 batsmen that were out on day one, were with some brilliant catching by the Lankans.
After deciding to bat first, England captain Alastair Cook started the innings with Alex Hales. They made a cautious start, but Sri Lanka had their first blood in the form of captain Cook. He was caught in the slips by Dimuth Karunaratne on the bowling of Suraj Lakmal. England lost their first wicket when they had scored just 39 runs.
With this dismisal, Alastair Cook’s wait gets a little longer to reach the 10,000-run club. He has been eyeing that landmark since January,
Not justCook, the other english opener Hales too missed out on a century after playing so well for his 83. Hales moved to his fifty off 102 balls, clumping Rangana Herath over mid-on, but fell the ball after lofting Milinda Siriwardana straight for six when he tried to cut the left-arm spinner and Angelo Mathews held a stinging catch to his right at slip.
Sri Lanka struck each time partnerships started to form. Hales and Root added 96 for the third wicket, the highest stand so far after Nick Compton’s lean run had continued when he was spectacularly caught at long leg by Suranga Lakmal from a top-edged hook.Nothing had seemed more certain than a Root century as he breezed his way into the 80s. He was jaunty before lunch, when scoring had been hard work for the top three against some tight bowling, and progressed serenely during the afternoon, with a 70-ball half-century, barring a tight stumping appeal against Herath when he just managed to push his back foot over the line.
A sluggish outfield kept the boundary count down, but Root’s deft placement and scampering between the wickets more than compensated to such an extent that England scored at four an over during the afternoon session. However, shortly after tea, Pradeep got a delivery to bounce awkwardly at Root and he spooned a catch into the covers. Root had a face of thunder as he stomped off and thumped his bat as he strode up the pavilion steps: since the start of 2015 he has fallen between 70 and 98 on nine occasions.
There would have been a strong temptation for Cook to stick Sri Lanka in on overcast morning after they managed just 91 and 119 in similar conditions last week at Headingley.
England 1st Inngs
A Cook c Karunaratne b Lakmal….15
A Hales c Mathews b Siriwardana.83
N Compton c Lakmal b Pradeep……9
J Root c Silva b Pradeep…………….80
J Vince c Thirimanne b Siriwardana…………………………….35
J Bairstow c Chandimal b Pradeep48
M Ali not out……………………………28
C Vokes not out………………………….8
Bowling: Eranga 19-2-67-0, Lakmal 18-3-58-1, Pradeep 19-3-69-3, Herath 24-1-74-0, Mathews 2-1-3-0, Siriwardana 8-0-35-2.