SL vs ENG 1st Test: Day 1: Lunch Break
Brief Score: SL 65/3 (24 overs) (Chandimal 22* Mathews 17* Broad 2/14, Bess 1/17)
The opening Test between Sri Lanka and England (SL vs ENG) is in progress at Galle International Stadium, Galle. At lunch break on Day 1, the hosts are 65 for three in their first innings after opted to bat first. The duo of Chandimal and Mathews bailed the Lankans out to some extent after they were troubling at 25/3 at one stage. Stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal remains unbeaten on 22 while Angelo Mathews is playing on 17 not out.
The current Sri Lanka skipper and the former captain keep the home side still alive in the contest against an all-mighty English attack led by their veteran Stuart Broad. England's ruthless pacer Stuart Broad strikes double ensured the hosts are on the back foot for a major part of the first session on Day 1.
Earlier, Sri Lanka have won the toss and chooses to bat first but lost both openers cheaply. Lahiru Thirimanne departs for a mere (4) whereas Kusal Mendis fell to a gentle away going delivery for a duck. Kusal Perera dies by the sword with which he makes merry most times due to which Sri Lanka were in troubled waters against the English side here in Galle.
Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews' unbeaten 40-run stand takes Sri Lanka to 65/3 at lunch in Galle 🏏— ICC (@ICC) January 14, 2021
How many will they score in the next session?#SLvENG Scorecard ➞ https://t.co/uTfWpFGwrm pic.twitter.com/J1QWF1bSli
Meanwhile, just ahead of the first Test, the cloud of injuries has followed Sri Lanka back home as well. Sri Lanka regular captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been ruled out with a fractured thumb just ahead of the opening Test. Dinesh Chandimal will stand-in as Lankans skipper by replacing him.
England doesn't have bad recent memories of touring Sri Lanka either, hammering the hosts on their previous tour down under in 2018. A couple of regular members are missing from the English side as well. Ben Foakes and Keaton Jennings were omitted from the Test squad. Moeen Ali will be missing after contracting COVID-19 positive. Dan Lawrence makes his Test debut and got many people excited.