England 127 for 2 (Root 66 *, Bairstow 47 *) Trail Sri Lanka 135 (Bess 5-30, Broad 3-20)) by eight runs

In the years to come, people will see this game’s scorecard – and Dom Bess’ first innings bowling figures in particular – and assume that was the kind of bile surface the ball spun sharply throughout / p>

It wasn’t really like that. In truth, the first day of this game was marked by a remarkably soft batting performance from Sri Lanka. Undoubtedly they are not very confident after their 2-0 drubbing in South Africa. Undoubtedly they missed their captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who due to a Hand injury sustained in Johannesburg had to be eliminated from the game and undoubtedly they lack preparation time after the rain ruined the little opportunity to practice

Despite those caveats, this was a lavish portrayal from Sri Lanka, marked by poor shot selection and ugly layoffs, on a pristine surface they succumbed to the lowest first innings score on the ground in an attack that looked rusty at times the test history

It seems grumpy not to celebrate a young man’s top Test numbers, and Bess, who had a disproportionately high number of missed bowling opportunities in the English summer, was undoubtedly lucky, but while he ended up with 5 for 30, he would surely admit that he bowled better without a reward

Perhaps Sri Lanka wanted to attack him, knowing that Bess was coming under a bit of pressure on this series by trying to undo Bess’ second delivery, Kusal Perera instead simply helped him find his way around the game it would be in been an ambitious choice in many contexts, but with one slip and Sri Lanka losing two wickets in the first seven overs, it just looked irresponsible. Perera only managed to wipe a hook to take off his glove

It was Niroshan Dickwella’s wicket that put things together, Dickwella, who had served the longest long hops, somehow conspired to get his cut to the point.It was a moment of cricket, perhaps at the bottom of a club game would have been more familiar

To be fair to Sri Lanka, they didn’t have much luck either. Dasun Shanaka linked up well with a slog sweep only to see the ball hit Jonny Bairstow’s ankle, jumping to him on the short Dodging leg, and ballooning to the goalkeeper Then Lasith Embuldeniya ran out after bowler Jack Leach managed to reach Wanindu Hasaranga’s straight drive with his fingertip and the ball was deflected into the stumps

But Hasaranga, who got into a terrible position trying a backward run, was bowled to complete Bess’ five-for-five and summed up a grim portrayal with the bat, maybe there were softer ones in recent testing history First innings five fors, but it’s not easy to remember

While Bess could get the awards, Stuart Broad could argue about the key feat with the ball. When he got into this match after taking just three wickets on his three previous test tours around the country, he felt a sense of dread Any hope that the unusually wet weather in the area might help sailors was dispelled when the ball steadfastly refused to move in the air or out of the seam, and in a gentle Tempo was carried through

But within his first eight overs, he had doubled his career wicket record in Sri Lanka, digging deep into her eyelash when he realized that his usual trick for left-handers – walking around the wicket, aiming at a stump and the to persuade strange ball to leave the racket – would not work on this surface, he began to improvise instead

For pushing the ball into the left-hander, it was rewarded when Lahiru Thirimanne, trying to knock the ball off his hip, only guided the ball down the leg groove to Bairstow before Kusal Mendis got the feel of a cutter to have out of the tree stump grabbing him and leaving him slightly behind it was Mendis’ fourth duck in a row, meaning he was sacked five times by his last 13 balls in test cricket without scoring a run

While Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews were rebuilt in a booth of 56 for the fourth wicket, Broad’s return after lunch parted the pair as he relentlessly varied his pace, persuading Mathews to try to cut one that was for the stroke probably both too full and too close to him, the resulting ledge flashed to slide where Joe Root could grab a hold

Despite being greatly missed in cover by England’s debutant Dan Lawrence (who presented his test cap from former Essex captain James Foster before the game), Chandimal failed to pay England at the age of 22 when he tried to repeat the stroke, he was held well by a diving Sam Curran

Broad’s numbers – 3 for 20 – may look nondescript, but on that surface they reflected an outstanding achievement by a man who reinvented himself and found a way to improve further than what appeared to be his Ending Period at the Highest Level England’s seafarers are often spoken of as if they would be flattered to take portals under helpful conditions here Broad showed again that he deserves more respect

England had no answers of their own. Embuldeniya, who drifted Dom Sibley out of position and hit him with his pull, got an advantage before Zak Crawley’s unnecessary attempt to clear the infield only resulted in a hit in the middle

If Root (20) hadn’t reviewed a pre-leg decision from the same bowler, Sri Lanka might have felt like they had fought their way back into the game. But Root survived, albeit by a tiny margin, and added Bairstow added an unbroken 110 for the third wicket to get England within eight of Sri Lanka’s total. Alert and patient, but busy and positive, they made sure Sri Lanka could never put pressure on by running hard, turning the stroke , often swept and put away the rare loose ball, it’s already England’s highest Test partnership in Galle and has provided a great opportunity to build an impregnable position on day two on a surface that is likely to deteriorate

It was almost a dream opening day for an English team that lost the throw and lost the first Test in five of their last six series. For Sri Lanka it was a nightmare

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