England (127/2) in control over SL (135) in Galle

Jonny Bairstow (left) and Captain Joe Root shared a sold unfinished stand for any wicket for England in Galle on the opening day of the first Test

Skipper Joe Root (66 n.o.), with his 5oth Test-match fifty, and Jonny Bairstow (47 n.o.) –two Yorkshiremen– carried England to a commanding position of 127/2 with a solid 110-run partnership, in their reply to the hosts’ first-innings total of 135 all out, in the first cricket Test between the two countries in Galle on Thursday (14).


SL 1st innings (won the toss and batted) 135 all out in 46.1 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 28, Angelo Mathews 27, Dasun Shanaka 23, Kusal Perera 20; Dom Bess 5/30, Stuart Broad 3/20)

England 1st innings 127/2 in 41 overs (Joe Root 66 n.o., Jonny Bairstow 47 n.o.; Lasith Embuldeniya 2/55)