Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Sri Lanka hit with five penalty runs after one-short incident

Sri Lanka hit with five penalty runs after one-short incident

England captain Joe Root received the first demerit point of his career for breaching the ICC's code of conduct on a day when Sri Lanka claimed a 46-run lead in Pallekele.

Akila Dananjaya, who was reported by the match officials for a suspect bowling action during the first test, put the controversy aside to dismiss opener Rory Burns in his first over.

Adil Rashid had struck twice after lunch to raise the tourists' hopes of securing a crucial first innings lead on a seemingly turning pitch.

Jack Leach (1-7) ensured the hosts did not get to stumps without loss, bowling Kaushal Silva on six as Suranga Lakmal's team closed on 26-1.

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Ben Foakes retained the wicketkeeper's position after his dream debut in Galle as England named an unchanged XI for the second test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday in Pallekele.

Stokes, who batted at number five in his team's opening win last week, had been sent up the order following Moeen's twin failures at number three in Galle.

Stokes was soon in the thick of things once more when he took a sharp one-handed catch at slip to dismiss Kusal Mendis for one off left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who has taken 2-33.

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It took a peach of a delivery from Akila to break the sweeping curse when Sam Curran, Sri Lanka's chief tormentor in the first innings, was cleaned up off the very first ball he faced. Recently, after Sam Curran hit six sixes in a Test against Sri Lanka before hitting his first boundary, European Central Bank posed a question where it asked if fans know of anyone who has hit six sixes before getting his first boundary. However, the lead is important ahead of an intriguing couple of days. We need to look at our strategy and if we can keep them down to 250 in the second innings, we can chase down the target.

"We thought we should restrict them to 200".

The incident occurred during the third session of play on Thursday with the on-filed umpires deeming Roshen Silva for a deliberate short run. Next time we will study the fielder before taking that run.

"I don't think Roshen did it deliberately".

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With Root marching to his hundred, England kept up with their attacking game despite losing Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali in quick succession.

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