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Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow’s Innings Help England Get Stability against Sri Lanka in 1st Test

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Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow’s Innings Help England Get Stability against Sri Lanka in 1st Test

May 20
11:57 2016

jhonnyNew Delhi, Friday, May 20 – At Headingley in Leeds, the first Test match between Sri Lanka and England started where the guest won the toss and opt to bowl first. England squad included captain Alastair Cook, Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and James Anderson.

The player on bench was Jake Ball. On the other hand, Sri Lanka Playing XI had skipper Dimuth Angelo Mathews. Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dasun Shanaka, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera, Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep. They flew to the overseas with some extra players. The list comprised Milinda Siriwardana, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera.

With a seating capacity of 17000, the ground witnessed good crowd.  As per scoring pattern at the venue, average 1st inning score is 311, while average 2nd inning score is 293. Not only this, the average 3rd inning score is 240, whereas average 4th inning score is 159. As far as highest total is concerned then it was set by Australia against the home side when 653 runs were put on the scoreboard for the loss of four wickets in 193 overs. The lowest total of 61 for the loss of 10 wickets in 26.2 over was set by West Indies in opposition to England. Highest chased in the stadium is 404 by the Aussies vs. England. Last but not the least, lowest defended was 75 by South Africa vs. England.

The entire statistics and records must be clear in the minds of Sri Lankan cricketers who will definitely try to make best use of opportunity which can hand them victories if best foot is put forward. Sri Lanka tour of England is certainly going to grab attention of the fans. The excitement is to be at peak given that both groups look forward to logging wins, which are necessary to be on track. The 3-match Test series started from May 19 and will come to an end on June 13. Rest two matches is to be played at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street and Lord’s in London after the first Test gets finished.

Test cricket is considered real cricket but eyes can’t be shut to the fact that the audience get entertained highly in 50-50 over and limited over games. This is the reason why after completion of Test series, 5-match One Day International series will start from June 21. The first ODI is to take place at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Remaining four games will be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham, County Ground in Bristol, Kennington Oval in London and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The venues selected for hosting ODIs are likely to get jam-packed since fans dislike missing the action between heavyweights respectively. The interesting series between England and Sri Lanka will get finished with the only T20 International which is to be hosted at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. If truth be told then the level of interest is unquestionably going to hit the highest point. A glimpse of it was visible yesterday when England began to bat and totaled 171 runs for the loss of five wickets in 53 overs.

It wasn’t a good start for the host for the reason that captain Alastair Cook couldn’t manage to ensure his stay for a long time and threw his wicket to Dasun Shanaka when playing at an individual total of 16. Alex Hales, on the other hand, was able to pressurize by sending the ball into the fences often. He will resume batting today at 71 runs, which included 12 boundaries. But the kind of partnership needed by him and the team wasn’t coming into picture thanks to quick dismissals of Nick Compton and Joe Root, who were out on a naught. The new batsman on the crease was James Vince, who hit a couple of fours and run a single to get 9 runs in pocket. However, before he would have got stabilized, Mendis took a wonderful catch when Eranga was brought into bowling attack. Ben Stokes’ 12-run innings was due to classy three shots when the ball was excellently placed into the gaps.

Pradeep did not let the left-handed batsman to settle and showed him the way to dressing room when 32nd over was in progress. Jonny Bairstow, the England wicket keeper, helped home side attain some stability as falling wickets from one end was becoming a problem for the team. He showcased some great batting skills and sent the ball into the fences six times and a biggie for once in his knock of 54 runs that came in 67 balls. Moeen Ali, Broad, Finn and Anderson are yet to bat. Nevertheless, the key point to be remembered by Cook-led side is not to lose any wicket further. If this happens without having a challenging total on the scoreboard then that could put England in problem given that Sri Lankan side have strong players who can pull off and display great batting.

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