England wins first test against Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Jan, 2021. 12:20 pm
England

England wrapped up seven wicket win against Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle on Monday.

According to the media reports, England lead the series with 1-0. Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence held their nerve in a 52-run unbroken stand to guide England to victory.

England had slumped to 14-3 late on the fourth evening before Bairstow and Lawrence combined to guide the tourists to 76-3.

Bairstow remained unbeaten on 35 off 65 balls and Lawrence finished 21 not out.

The England Cricket team is now unbeaten in nine Tests under Joe Root’s captaincy, they have won four consecutive overseas Tests for the first time since 1957, and claim five successive wins in Sri Lanka.

Joe Root after being named man of the match said, “There are a number of different challenges that come with corona cricket, so you have to find stuff to do together so you’re not “playing on your own”.

As regards his own batting, he was most pleased by his mentality but also says he got his feet apart and moving, and is pleased to have converted a start.

SQUADS

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (w), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Roshen Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan

England
: Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (w), Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Olly Stone

The second test match of the series will start Friday this week on the same ground.

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