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Cricket: England spinners, Stokes dent Sri Lanka top order

GALLE, Sri Lanka, (Reuters) – Sri Lanka squandered a good begin to hunch to 98 for 3 at lunch on the penultimate day of the primary check towards England on Friday.

Cricket – England v Sri Lanka, First Test – Galle, Sri Lanka – November 9, 2018. Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis hits a boundary. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Kusal Mendis was batting on 21 on the break with the hosts looking at a complete defeat in Rangana Herath’s farewell check on the Galle International stadium.

Beginning day 4 on 15 for no loss, Sri Lanka wanted a stable begin to extend their battle with out worrying concerning the enormousness of the inconceivable 462-run victory goal.

Overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva noticed by way of the primary hour with none injury even when they’d a bit luck when Karunaratne, on 16, edged Moeen Ali however Ben Stokes grassed the straightforward catch at slip.

It was finally Jack Leach’s left-arm spin which earned England the breakthrough when Silva couldn’t join along with his sweep shot and was rammed on the entrance pad to be dismissed leg earlier than wicket for 30.

The batsman unsuccessfully reviewed the choice.

He was quickly joined within the dressing room by Karunaratne, who charged down the pitch towards Moeen and drove it straight to the off-spinnner, gifting him his 150th check wicket.

Dhananjaya de Silva was then adjudged caught behind for 21 after a wild swing at a Stokes supply however the batsman efficiently reviewed it to overturn the choice.

Not that it mattered.

On the very subsequent supply he as soon as once more performed away from his physique and Joe Root pouched the sting within the slips, which prompted the lunch break.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; modifying by Greg Stutchbury

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