England dominated proceedings on Day 1 of the primary Test against Sri Lanka in Galle with 12 wickets falling on Wednesday because the visitors took control of the match after bowling the hosts out for his or her lowest Test score at the venue.
By the top of the day’s play, it had been considerably clear that England outclassed Sri Lanka with the ball also like the bat.
The only thing that went in Sri Lanka’s favour was the toss but they couldn’t copy the choice with their performance on the sector as Bess and Stuart Broad ran through their lineup.
Batting first, Sri Lanka had a string of low scores on the scoreboard. Broad gave the primary breakthrough by dismissing Lahiru Thirimanne for just 4 of twenty-two balls.
With the center order crumbling down soon, Sri Lanka were down with 6 wickets for just 105 runs. But the worst was yet to return .
The Lankans lost their next 4 wickets in but 8 overs. Star off-spinner Bess did incredibly well with the ball, picking 5 wickets for 30 runs to grab his second five-for in Test cricket.
With this performance, Bess also became the primary England bowler to require 5 wickets on the primary day of a Test in Sri Lanka , who were eventually bowled out for 135 in 46.1 overs.
Bess and Broad (3 for 20) shared 8 wickets between themselves while second spinner Jack Leach got the lone scalp of captain Dinesh Chandimal.
England back , lost its first 2 wickets early – Dominic Sibley and Zac Crawley both falling to left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.
But Jonny Bairstow and England skipper Joe Root played promising knocks and contributed 110 runs for the third wicket to require the team to 127 for two in 41 overs at stumps on Day 1.
Root scored his 50th Test fifty and remained not out on 66 while Bairstow will resume his play Thursday on 47. England now trail the Lankans by just 8 runs within the first innings
If the house team doesn’t come strongly with quick wickets on Day 2, they could have a drag maintaining against the strong England batting line up which also runs very deep.