England set its sight on a significant first innings lead after offspinner Dom Bess took a career-best 5-30 to bowl out Sri Lanka for 135 on the primary day of the primary Test on Thursday.
Captain Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow additional thwarted Sri Lanka ambitions with a gritty, unbroken stand of 110 runs to shut the day at 127-2, trailing by simply eight runs.
Root reached his half-century off 94 balls and was unbeaten on 66 with 5 fours, whereas Bairstow was 47 not out.
It may have been 52-Three however Root escaped on 20 when he efficiently overturned a lbw resolution by way of video referral.
Root and Bairstow got here collectively after left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya eliminated openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley to scale back the guests to 2-17 inside the primary 9 overs.
Both batsmen grew in confidence and neutralized the three-pronged spin assault of Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dilruwan Perera by way of sweep photographs and maintained a wholesome run charge of three.Four runs an over to increase the century stand.
Earlier, stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal, who received the toss and opted to bat, top-scored with 28 after common skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was dominated out with a damaged thumb in Sri Lanka’s first house take a look at because the pandemic started.
Stuart Broad picked up two early wickets in a single over and 3-20 general, whereas Bess discovered some surprising help from the Galle International Stadium pitch to dismiss the house staff simply earlier than tea.
Bess, taking part in in Asia for the primary time, claimed his first wicket together with his second supply when Kusal Perera went for an formidable reverse sweep on 20 and gloved a easy catch to skipper Joe Root at first slip.
Broad, bowling across the wicket, had the left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne caught at leg slip on Four in his fourth over. One ball later, Kusal Mendis fell for his fourth successive duck in assessments as he bought a faint edge off Broad’s sensible leg-cutter.
Senior professionals Chandimal and Angelo Mathews shared a 56-run, fourth-wicket stand till they departed in successive overs after lunch.
En route to 27, Mathews turned solely the fifth Sri Lankan to go 6,000 take a look at runs after Kumar Sangakkara (12,400), Mahela Jayawardene (11,814), Sanath Jayasuriya (6,973), and Aravinda de Silva (6,361).
But the previous skipper was dismissed by Broad after the break when a free shot was caught at slip by Root at chest peak.
In the following over, Chandimal, who reached 4,000 runs in assessments, gave a tame catch within the covers off Jack Leach.
Bess ran by way of the tail rapidly.
England gave a take a look at cap to Essex batsman Dan Lawrence, who dropped a simple catch of Chandimal within the covers simply earlier than lunch. The guests opted to relaxation James Anderson and picked Sam Curran and Mark Wood to companion Broad.
England wore black armbands in reminiscence of former England take a look at cricketers — John Edrich, Robin Jackman and Dom Smith — who died lately.