Sri Lanka’s tour of England- After T20 season, its time to get back to longer format of cricket. Sri Lanka have toured to England to play three tests, 5 ODIs and only T20. 1st Test began on Thursday, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sri Lanka squad which included Dasun Shanaka who was debutant for SL struck early blows for Sri Lanka.
England on 1st day was struggling 83-5 when Jonny Bairstow stepped onto the field along with Alex Hales. The duo managed to put the team in a comfortable position by scoring half centuries. At the end of the day England were 171/5 with Hales on 71* and Bairstow on 54*. Resuming the play on Day 2, England lost key wicket of Alex Hales when he was batting on 86. But Jonny Bairstow continued to bat even though team was losing wickets from other end.
Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad lasted for few minutes before Jonny Bairstow managed to score his second ton of career. He scored his ton in just 145 balls with 10 boundries and one huge six. At the stroke of lunch, England are 243/8 with Bairstow batting on 103* and Steven Finn on other hand on 3*. Now we will have to see how far Bairstow can take England. Can they get to 300? Or will Sri Lanka restrict them below 260? Stay tuned for more updates.