Jennings ton puts Sri Lanka on the ropes

10 November, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Ben Foakes

His stay was nearly a short one, but he was reprieved on review, having been given out well caught down the leg side by Ben Foakes.

England secured a first innings lead of 139 and on Thursday an unbeaten 146 by Keaton Jennings, his first century since a ton on his 2016 debut, allowed Root to declare at 322 for six.

"It was a very good wicket but our batting was below-par", Chandimal said, adding it was not the farewell that he and his team mates had imagined for Herath. We couldn't give him a really good farewell in his last game, so we apologise for that.

They played some outstanding cricket. Chandimal, who was nursing a groin strain, could miss the second test at Pallekele next week. The work ethic throughout leading into this game has been exceptional so if that can continue throughout the tour - and we stay really clear about how we want to go about things on the pitch - then great. We played in a collective way, everyone contributed.

Leach eventually made the breakthrough when Silva could not connect with a sweep shot and was dismissed leg before wicket for 30. Sri Lanka's top-order collapse mirrored England's wretched start in the first innings, but lacked a Foakes-style rescue in their middle order.

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had denied them for more than an hour for a 51-run stand and might well have batted the entire session had they focused on defence rather being tempted into more aggressive strokes.


Ali (4-69) took the key wickets of Mathews and Karunaratne and was ably backed up by Jack Leach with 3-60, while Ben Stokes (1-16) and Adil Rashid (1-54) also got among the wickets.

Soon afterwards Angelo Mathews - dropped on 18 by James Anderson - went for 53, caught by Jos Buttler at midwicket with Ali again the wicket-taker.

Joe Root was the key wicket and retiring hero Rangana Herath (below) claimed it for the second time in the match, gripping the surface and taking the edge as the captain pushed forward.

He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath - perhaps a yard or two slower than in his pomp - was beaten by Stokes's quick arm as the 40-year-old dived for his crease.

'After that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us.

England's varied attack, which features three seamers and three spinners, probed persistently through the morning as captain Root employed attacking field placements.

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