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Stuart Broad strikes twice and Dom Bess once as England reduce Sri Lanka to 65-3 at lunch on day one of the first test; Sri Lanka – minus captain Dimuth Karunaratne (thumb) – elected at bat; England debut Dan Lawrence, leave James Anderson out

Last updated: 01/14/21 6:51 am

Stuart Broad took two wickets as England reduced Sri Lanka to 65-3

Stuart Broad struck twice after being preferred in England XI to James Anderson as England reduced Sri Lanka to 65-3 at lunch on day one of the first test in Galle.

Broad caught Lahiru Thirimanne (4) at the seventh leg ravine, then inflicted a fourth try in a row on Kusal Mendis two deliveries later as the batsman took a leg cutter behind.

Sri Lanka – who had chosen to beat the bat – were 16-2 at this point and became 25-3 in the 11th when Kusal Perera (20) was caught by the second ball from Joe’s spinner Dom Bess Root.

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Broad inflicted fourth consecutive try on Kusal Mendis

Broad inflicted fourth consecutive try on Kusal Mendis

England should have gone 61-4 shortly before the interval just for newbie Dan Lawrence to drop a routine cover-dive chance after Dinesh Chandimal (22 no) led Jack Leach offside.

Bess and Leach had been selected as England’s frontline spinners with Moeen Ali still in coronavirus quarantine, while Sam Curran and Mark Wood joined Broad in the pace attack.

Wood frequently played over 90 mph with one of his bat-breaking deliveries from Angelo Mathews, who was undefeated on the 17th at lunch, having added 40 alongside replacement skipper Chandimal.

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Kusal Perera was out of Dom Bess’s reverse sweep

Kusal Perera was out of Dom Bess’s reverse sweep

Chandimal leads Sri Lanka with usual skipper Dimuth Karunaratne excluded from the match after suffering a broken thumb.

England swept Sri Lanka 3-0 on their previous trip to the island in 2018 as Root claimed his first victory as captain away from home.

This test in Galle marks the first of 17 games in England over the next 12 months, culminating with the Ashes series in Australia.

Watch the first test between Sri Lanka and England live on Sky Sports Cricket.





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