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Sri Lanka vs England, 1st Test Match Summary

SL vs ENG, 2021 - Test Summary

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135&359
421&76/3(24.2)
England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
SL 135/10
Bat Top Batsmen
28 (71)
  • 1x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 39.43SR
27 (54)
  • 1x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 50SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.95
10.1
OVERS
30/5
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.22
9
OVERS
20/3
R/W
ENG 421/10
Bat Top Batsmen
228 (321)
  • 18x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 71.02SR
73 (150)
  • 6x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 48.66SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.01
36.1
OVERS
109/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.91
45
OVERS
176/3
R/W
SL 359/10
Bat Top Batsmen
111 (251)
  • 12x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 44.22SR
71 (219)
  • 4x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 32.42SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.91
41.5
OVERS
122/5
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.03
33
OVERS
100/3
R/W
ENG 76/3
Bat Top Batsmen
35 (65)
  • 2x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 53.84SR
21 (52)
  • 0x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 40.38SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.41
12
OVERS
29/2
R/W
1
OVERS
4/0
R/W
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So England have managed to win the first Test and now go 1-0 up in the series. Can Sri Lanka level the series? Or will England repeat their 2018 heroics against the island nation? All questions will be answered in a few days time as the second Test starts at Galle itself on 22nd January 2021, at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Do join us for that. Till then, take care and goodbye.
England skipper, Joe Root is adjudged the Man of the Match. He says winning away from home in the subcontinent is good. Also praises the effort of their spinners to take two 5-fers in the match. Also praises the entire bowling group and is pleased to start the tour with a win. He adds that there are different challenges playing away from home, especially with quarantine rules, but is happy with how the team trained and put on a good performance. On his own performance, he says he was in a good mindset while playing against the spinners and was happy with the way his feet were moving. Also is pleased that he could convert his fifty into a big score. Ends by saying that he expects the Sri Lankan team to come back strong in the next Test match.
Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal says that the first innings score of 135 lost them the game. Says they needed to get a big score in the first innings to win a match at Galle, with batting getting difficult on Day 4 and 5. Also praises Kusal Perera, Thirimanne and Mathews for their batting effort in the second innings. Says 70-80 runs more would have been good for their bowlers. He adds that their batting unit played like they were batting in South Africa, but would like to learn from their mistakes from this game and looks forward to the next game at Galle.
Jonny Bairstow is down for an interview. He says it was tough to bat in spinning conditions and he was looking to play more off the back foot. He is happy with a win in the subcontinent and credits the entire team including the likes of Root, Leach and Bess for their performance. Says the talk was to score the remaining 36 runs with a positive mindset and keep rotating the strike. He says it was good for him to get a Christmas break and it is tough to stay away from the family in the bio-bubbles. Ends up by saying that wins like these make all the sacrifices worth it. Also ends by thanking the fans back home for their support.
In pursuit of 74, England got off to the worst possible start as they lost 3 wickets with just 14 runs on the board. The spinners Embuldeniya and Perera made the England batters dance to their tunes, but in the end didn't had enough runs to play with. You already know what transpired on Day 5 as England went on to win the match by 7 wickets. Stay tuned for the presentation.
After conceding a lead of 286, Sri Lankan batsmen showed more application in their second innings with openers Kusal Perera scoring a fine half ton, while his partner Lahiru Thirimanne going on to score a fine 111, his 2nd Test century. Angelo Mathews too scored a fighting 71. He received good support from the lower middle order batsmen, as the hosts manage to wipe out the deficit and scored 359, setting a target of 74 to the visitors. England spinners Leach and Bess combined to take 8 wickets in the second essay, with the former taking a 5-wicket haul.
In the course of next two days, Root then went on to play a marathon knock of 228, his 4th double ton in Tests, stitching important partnership of 114 runs first with Bairstow and then a mammoth 173-run stand with the debutant Dan Lawrence. The young lad showed good temperament with the bat in spinning conditions with a good knock of 73. A change of ball, due to its lost shape saw Sri Lanka make a comeback with the ball with Asitha Fernando taking two wickets in consecutive balls. The spinners, Dilruwan Perera and Lasith Embuldeniya then ran through the English lower order, thereby restricting England to a score of 421.
Day 1 saw Sri Lanka win the toss and bat first, only to get bundle out for a paltry 135. The likes of Perera, Mathews and Chandimal all got starts, but failed to continue and were out playing poor shots. For England, Dom Bess was the pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets and got good support from Stuart Broad, who got 3 while Leach got 1. England's innings too started poorly as they lost both their openers early. The duo of Root and Bairstow, though steadied the ship and went unbeaten to stumps.
England started Day 5 needing just 36 runs. The overnight duo of Bairstow and Lawrence managed to play the spinners well and kept rotating the strike without any trouble whatsoever and eventually saw their team home with an unbeaten stand of 62. Sri Lankan spinners bowled their heart out with Embuldeniya getting 2 wickets and Dilruwan Perera getting 1 on late Day 4 but were not able to get any breakthroughs this morning. But one can't blame them, it was their first innings score of 135 that put them on the back foot right from the start.
So England have completed the formalities and have won the first Test match comprehensively by 7 wickets. Sri Lanka hoped that their spinners could replicate yesterday's form, but it was not to be for them. England would be happy though, beating the hosts in their backyard.
Over 24.2 : 76/3
4 Runs
  • 024.1
  • 424.2
J. Bairstow
35 (65)
D. Lawrence
21 (52)
D. Perera
11.2-2-34-0
24.2
4
Dilruwan Perera To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! There comes the winning runs! Floated delivery on middle, Bairstow sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
24.1
0
Dilruwan Perera To Jonny Bairstow
Flighted delivery on middle, Bairstow flicks it to mid-wicket.
Over 24 : 72/3
5 Runs
  • 223.1
  • 023.2
  • 023.3
  • 123.4
  • 223.5
  • 023.6
D. Lawrence
21 (52)
J. Bairstow
31 (63)
L. Embuldeniya
12-3-29-2
23.6
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Dan Lawrence
On off, Lawrence drives it to covers.
23.5
2
Lasith Embuldeniya To Dan Lawrence
Tossed up delivery on off, Lawrence punches it through point for a couple. Just 2 needed for England to win this match.
23.4
1
Lasith Embuldeniya To Jonny Bairstow
On middle, Bairstow flicks it towards mid-wicket for a quick single.
23.3
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Jonny Bairstow
Loopy delivery on off, Bairstow looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. Appeal there from the bowler but nothing from the umpire.
23.2
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Jonny Bairstow
BEATEN! Short ball outside off, Bairstow looks to cut but misses it due to the turn and bounce on this one.
23.1
2
Lasith Embuldeniya To Jonny Bairstow
Tossed up delivery on off, Bairstow drives it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
Over 23 : 67/3
4 Runs
  • 022.1
  • 122.2
  • 022.3
  • 222.4
  • 022.5
  • 122.6
J. Bairstow
28 (59)
D. Lawrence
19 (50)
D. Perera
11-2-30-0
22.6
1
Dilruwan Perera To Jonny Bairstow
Floated on off, Jonny reverse sweeps this towards deep point and gets a single. Just 7 more needed now.
22.5
0
Dilruwan Perera To Jonny Bairstow
On middle, turned on the leg side for nothing.
22.4
2
Dilruwan Perera To Jonny Bairstow
Floated on middle, Jonny comes down and turns this past the leg slip fielder and comes back for a couple.
22.3
0
Dilruwan Perera To Jonny Bairstow
On middle, Jonny comes down and pushes it to mid-wicket for nothing.
22.2
1
Dilruwan Perera To Dan Lawrence
Fullish around off, played down towards long on for a single. 50-partnership up between the two now. These two first weathered the storm yesterday and now have looked quite comfortable at the crease.
22.1
0
Dilruwan Perera To Dan Lawrence
Floated on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
Over 22 : 63/3
3 Runs
  • 021.1
  • 021.2
  • 021.3
  • 121.4
  • 221.5
  • 021.6
J. Bairstow
25 (55)
D. Lawrence
18 (48)
L. Embuldeniya
11-3-24-2
21.6
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Jonny Bairstow
Floated delivery on off, Bairstow offers a solid defense on this one.
21.5
2
Lasith Embuldeniya To Jonny Bairstow
On off, Bairstow looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes wide of second slip towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
21.4
1
Lasith Embuldeniya To Dan Lawrence
Flighted ball on off, Lawrence drives it through covers for a single.
21.3
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Dan Lawrence
BEATEN! Floated delivery outside off, Lawrence looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.
21.2
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Dan Lawrence
Tossed up ball on off, Lawrence pushes it to covers.
21.1
0
Lasith Embuldeniya To Dan Lawrence
Flighted delivery on middle, Lawrence tucks it towards the leg side.
24 OV
5 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 223.1
  • 023.2
  • 023.3
  • 123.4
  • 223.5
  • 023.6
23 OV
4 Runs
D. Perera to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 022.1
  • 122.2
  • 022.3
  • 222.4
  • 022.5
  • 122.6
22 OV
3 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 021.1
  • 021.2
  • 021.3
  • 121.4
  • 221.5
  • 021.6
21 OV
4 Runs
W. Hasaranga to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 120.1
  • 020.2
  • 120.3
  • 120.4
  • 120.5
  • 020.6
20 OV
6 Runs
D. Perera to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 119.1
  • 119.2
  • 219.3
  • 119.4
  • 019.5
  • 119.6
19 OV
2 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 118.1
  • 018.2
  • 018.3
  • 018.4
  • 118.5
  • 018.6
18 OV
4 Runs
D. Perera to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 117.1
  • 017.2
  • 117.3
  • 017.4
  • 117.5
  • 117.6
17 OV
6 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 116.1
  • 116.2
  • 416.3
  • 016.4
  • 016.5
  • 016.6
16 OV
0 Runs
D. Perera to D. Lawrence
  • 015.1
  • 015.2
  • 015.3
  • 015.4
  • 015.5
  • 015.6
15 OV
7 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 014.1
  • 214.2
  • 014.3
  • 4 LB 14.4
  • 114.5
  • 014.6
14 OV
2 Runs
D. Perera to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 013.1
  • 113.2
  • 013.3
  • 013.4
  • 113.5
  • 013.6
13 OV
3 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to J. Bairstow
  • 012.1
  • 012.2
  • 212.3
  • 012.4
  • 012.5
  • 112.6
12 OV
5 Runs
D. Perera to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 011.1
  • 011.2
  • 4 B 11.3
  • 111.4
  • 011.5
  • 011.6
11 OV
0 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to D. Lawrence
  • 010.1
  • 010.2
  • 010.3
  • 010.4
  • 010.5
  • 010.6
10 OV
1 Runs
D. Perera to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 09.1
  • 1 LB 9.2
  • 09.3
  • 09.4
  • 09.5
  • 09.6
9 OV
1 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to D. Lawrence & J. Bairstow
  • 18.1
  • 08.2
  • 08.3
  • 08.4
  • 08.5
  • 08.6
8 OV
2 Runs
D. Perera to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 17.3
  • 07.4
  • 17.5
  • 07.6
7 OV
3 Runs
L. Embuldeniya to J. Bairstow & D. Lawrence
  • 16.1
  • 06.2
  • 16.3
  • 06.4
  • 16.5
  • 06.6
6 OV
2 Runs
D. Perera to J. Bairstow & J. Root
  • 15.1
  • 05.2
  • 05.3
  • 15.4
  • 05.5
  • W 5.6
Match Notes
  • Dan Lawrence makes his Test debut for England
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka 23/2 in 9.1 overs
  • Sri Lanka 50/3 in 17.1overs
  • D Chandimal dropped on 22 by D Lawrence in 21.3 overs
  • Angelo Mathews completes 6000 runs in Test
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka 105/5 in 38.0 overs
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka 135/10 in 46.1 overs
  • D Bess 2nd Test 5-wicket haul: 5/30 (10.1)
  • Tea: Sri Lanka 135/10 in 46.1 overs
  • Referral 1 (4.2 ovs): Sri Lanka against D Sibley (catch) successful (SL: 3, ENG: 3)
  • England 10/1: c L Thirimanne b L Embuldeniya 4(15)
  • Drinks: England 27/2 in 13.0 overs
  • England 50/2 in 21.4 overs
  • Referral 2 (22.4 ovs): J Root against SL (LBW) successful (SL: 3, ENG: 3)
  • Drinks: England 62/2 in 26.0 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 51 off 110 balls between J Root(31) and J Bairstow (20)
  • J Root 50th T20I fifty: 50 runs in 94 balls (3x4) (0x6)
  • England 100/2 in 34.2 overs
  • 3rd wicket partnership: 102 off 186 balls between J Bairstow (36) and J Root (66)
  • Stumps: England 127/2 in 41.0 overs
  • D Chandimal completes 4000 runs in Test
  • Referral 3 (41.2 ovs): SL against J Root (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 2, ENG: 3)
  • England 150/3 in 47.2 overs
  • J Root 18th Test hundred: 100 runs in 163 balls (7x4) (0x6)
  • Referral 4 (62.2 ovs): SL against J Root (Caught) Unsuccessful (SL: 2, ENG: 3)
  • D Lawrence maiden Test fifty: 50 runs in 95 balls (5x4) (1x6)
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 159 balls between J Root(42) and D Lawrence(51)
  • England 251/3 in 73.4 overs
  • D Lawrence dropped on 60 by K Mendis in 74.4 overs
  • Drinks: England 263/3 in 77.0 overs
  • New ball taken: England 280/3 in 80.1 overs
  • D Lawrence dropped on 68 by N Dickwella in 80.6 overs
  • J Root 150 runs in 225 balls (11x4) (0x6)
  • England 301/3 in 82.3 overs
  • Tea: England 320/4 in 94.0 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: England 320/4 in 94.0 overs
  • Stumps: England 320/4 in 94.0 overs
  • J Root completes 8000 runs in Test
  • England 350/4 in 100.3 overs
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 50 off 92 balls between J Root(23) and J Buttler(25)
  • J Root 200 runs in 291 balls (15x4) (1x6)
  • Drinks: England 384/7 in 84.0 overs
  • Referral 5 (100.5 ovs): SL against L Leach (Caught) Unsuccessful (SL: 0, ENG: 3)
  • Referral 6 (111.2 ovs): J Leach against SL (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 0, ENG: 2)
  • England 398/8: J Leach lbw b Dilruwan Perera 4(20)
  • England 402/8 in 112.3 overs
  • Referral 7 (115.3 ovs): S Broad against SL (LBW) successful (SL: 0, ENG: 2)
  • Referral 8 (115.5 ovs): S Broad against SL (LBW) successful (SL: 0, ENG: 2)
  • Innings Break: England 421/10 in 117.1 overs
  • Lunch: England 421/10 in 117.1 overs
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka 34/0 in 17.0 overs
  • Sri Lanka 50/0 in 23.1 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 139 balls between k Perera(33) and L Thirimanne(18)
  • k Perera 7th Test fifty: 50 runs in 91 balls (4x4) (1x6)
  • Tea: Sri Lanka 90/0 in 35.0 overs
  • Sri Lanka 100/0 in 36.5 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 100 off 221 balls between k Perera(62) and L Thirimanne(37)
  • L Thirimanne 7th Test fifty: 51 runs in 128 balls (4x4) (0x6)
  • L Thirimanne dropped on 51 by D Sibley in 41.1 overs
  • Referral 1 (46.1 ovs): England against L Thirimanne (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 3, ENG: 2)
  • Sri Lanka 151/1 in 54.5 overs
  • Bad Light: Sri Lanka 156/2 in 61.0 overs
  • Stumps: Sri Lanka 156/2 in 61.0 overs
  • L Thirimanne 2nd hundred: 103 runs in 227 balls (11x4) (0x6)
  • Sri Lanka 201/3 in 76.4 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 96 balls between L Thirimanne(32) and A Mathew(17)
  • New ball taken: Sri Lanka 210/3 in 80.1 overs
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka 242/4 in 91.0 overs
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka 268/5 in 105.0 overs
  • A Mathews 36th Test fifty: 50 runs in 164 balls (2x4) (0x6)
  • Sri Lanka 300/7 in 119.1 overs
  • Referral 2 (119.3 ovs): Eng against A Mathews (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 3, ENG: 1)
  • Sri Lanka 350/8 in 131.4 overs
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka 359/10 in 136.5 overs
  • J Leach 2nd Test 5-wicket haul: 5/122 (41.5)
  • Z Crawley on 1 by N Dickwella in 1.1 overs
  • Referral 1 (15.4 ovs): Sri Lanka against D Lawrence (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 2, ENG: 3)
  • England 50/3 in 18.5 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 98 balls between J Bairstow(22) and D Lawrence(19)
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Stats
Player Runs Avg.
Joe Root ENG 426 106.50
Angelo Mathews SL 213 53.25
Lahiru Thirimanne SL 171 42.75
Niroshan Dickwella SL 140 35.00
Jonny Bairstow ENG 139 46.33
Player Wickets Eco.
Lasith Embuldeniya SL 15 3.48
Dom Bess ENG 12 2.99
Jack Leach ENG 10 3.20
James Anderson ENG 6 1.48
Dilruwan Perera SL 5 2.87

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