Foakes

Ben Foakes led England’s rearguard on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle taking them past the 300-run mark and himself 13 short of a maiden century when stumps were taken on Day 1.

Foakes was unbeaten on 87 and he got able support from the lower-order with allrounder Sam Curran, once again put on his solid batting on display, with 48 off 104 and Adil Rashid, who made 35 off 38 balls to help England to 321/8  in 91 overs.

Resuming at 199/6 after the tea-break, Curran and Foakes resisted the Lankan bowlers for the first hour of play with Foakes reaching his maiden fifty. Curran and Foakes went on to add 88 runs for the seventh wicket, before Curran was sent packing by Akila Dananjaya.

However, Foakes found support in Rashid, who clubbed two sixes and four fours during his breezy  knock. The duo added valuable 54 runs for the eight wicket. Dilruwan Perera though broke the partnership with his fourth wicket of day when Rashid edge on to the first slip.

Earlier, Perera returned for a fresh spell in the second session, fired in a quicker one and Jos Buttler (38) edged it to be out caught behind, leaving England at 164/6. But Curran continued to impress lower down the order to complement the efforts of Foakes as the duo successfully negotiated the spinners.

Rangana Herath became the third bowler in Test history to claim 100 wickets at a single venue as England were left struggling at 111/5 when lunch-break was taken after they opted to bat on Tuesday.

The record came after England were left stunned by pacer Suranga Lakmal’s twin blows in consecutive deliveries. He first removed debutant Rory Burns (9) and then saw the back of No. 3 Moeen Ali for a golden duck leaving them 10/2 inside three overs.

The record came after England were left stunned by pacer Suranga Lakmal’s twin blows in consecutive deliveries. He first removed debutant Rory Burns (9) and then saw the back of No. 3 Moeen Ali for a golden duck leaving them 10/2 inside three overs.

Perera then hurt England with a double-strike of his own with the scalps of Keaton Jennings (46) and Ben Stokes (7)

Herath was given a guard of honour by his teammates in his farewell Test after England began their new era post the retirement of Alastair Cook and gave debut to top-order batsman Burns and wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes.

Brief Scores: England 321/8 (Ben Foakes 87*, Sam Curran 48; Dilruwan Perera 4/70) against Sri Lanka