The final test match of 2-match test series has kick start on Friday, at Galle stadium. When hosts (Sri Lanka) won the toss and decided to bat first after trailing by 1-0 in the series. For England, the recently enter 600 test wickets elite club, James Anderson has come back into the team. Before Sri Lanka openers could score runs, Anderson magic with ball sent back Kushal perara and oshado Fernando back to the pavilion at the score of 7/2.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews stop the further dents and added on 69 run-partnership for the third wicket, before James Anderson strikes to picked his third wicket and removed Thirimanne (43) at the score of 76/3. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal joined the crease alongside Angelo Mathews to resuce his side from the collapse.
Both these players start rebuilding the team score while converting singles into doubles, hitting the lose ball for four. The pair added 117 runs stand partnership for the fourth wicket to take his side into the strong position. Chandimal (52) after scoring half-century was caught in front of wicket by Mark Wood at the score of 193/4. Sri Lanka don’t another wicket at stumps of day 1 at the score of 229/4. Angelo Mathews 110 and Dickwella 25 were remained unbeaten. The hosts will definitely look to score 400 runs in the first innings to give the fight to England.
Sri Lanka batting coach Grant flower, happy with team performance after early hiccups “A much better day than last time, and that’s down to the batsmen just applying themselves much more,” Flower said.” “Angelo Mathews showed his experience again and got another really good hundred. He’s showed what a good player he was. Hopefully we can put on another 100-150 tomorrow and put England under pressure.”
“At stages we were a bit slow. We lost some wickets at crucial stages. But also given how we’d played in the first innings of the first Test, the guys probably thought we needed to dig in a bit more and put a larger price on their wickets. You can’t be too critical. And you’ve got to give credit to the English bowlers, especially Anderson.”
“That wasn’t a good shot at all, and I’m sure he’ll be the first to admit that,” Flower said. “He does have a bit of a licence to play the way he does. That’s why we’ve selected him. But you’ve got to give respect to a bowler like Anderson. You’ve got to have a bit of a look. He wasn’t in control of that by any means. That’s not a technical thing. That’s just a mental thing for Kusal. He showed in the second innings of the first Test what he can do when he applies himself.”