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England Log Win on Sri Lanka by Massive Margin to Enjoy Victory in First Test

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England Log Win on Sri Lanka by Massive Margin to Enjoy Victory in First Test

May 25
07:58 2016

engslNew Delhi, Wednesday, May 25 – At a venue that has seating capacity of nearly 17000, it was wonderful experience for England to enjoy win on Sri Lanka. The first Test match between Sri Lanka and England held at Headingley in Leeds where the toss was won by Sri Lankan side that elected to bowl first. Here is to mention that average first inning total on the ground is 311, while average second inning score is 290.

Besides this, the average third inning score is 238 and average fourth inning score is 159. The highest total was put by Australia against the English cricketers when 653 runs were scored, losing four wickets in 193 overs. The lowest total, on the other hand, was set by West Indies in opposition to England, managing to accumulate just 61 runs with all men back to pavilion in 26.2 over. The highest total chased here is 404 by the Australian cricket team vs. England. Whereas the lowest defended was 75 by Proteas against the home side.

England were led by Alastair Cook and the team comprised Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and James Vince. Sri Lanka squad included captain Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera, Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep. Those in extra were Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera and Milinda Siriwardana.

Thanks to 140-run and 86-run innings of Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, respectively. England managed to get 298 runs in first innings. Bairstow and Hales showcased astonishing batting skills by often sending the ball into the fences. It was a tad surprising to notice Sri Lanka totaling just 91 runs in 36.4 overs for the loss of 10 wickets. Mathews was the highest scorer with 34 runs in pocket. James Anderson’s five-wicket haul and four wickets by Stuart Broad lent a hand to England be on the front foot despite the fact that scores weren’t impressive when the team batted first. But England did not need to bat again as Sri Lanka were all out at 119 runs, failing to build any pressure on the hosts, who were stressed after losing wickets early after being invited to bat first. Dimuth Karunaratne was out at a score of 7. Kaushal Silva fell short to Anderson when batting at 14 runs (4 x 1). Kusal Mendis was to a certain extent successful in leaving an impression with his knock of 53 runs, which consisted of 8 boundaries too.

Anderson was the man to earn wicket of Mendis when he was eying a partnership from Dinesh Chandimal – who lost his wicket at 8 runs and Angelo Mathews – who was dismissed at 5 runs.  Lahiru Thirimanne hit three 4s but before he would have gotten any further, Finn dismissed him. 16 runs were scored by the batsman off 30 deliveries. Dasun Shanaka had to go back post scoring 4 runs. Rangana Herath scored runs similar to Shanaka. Dushmantha Chameera was out by Finn at a zero. Nuwan Pradeep was out for a duck too. Shaminda Eranga was not out at 2 runs. If truth be told then no Sri Lankan player rose in true sense to stop the team from falling in troublesome situation, which took victory far away from their reach. Bairstrow was declared ‘Player of the Match’. The guests are keen to level the series which will be possible post defeating England in 2nd Test, which is to be played at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street from May 27 to May 31.

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