England’s Dom Bess took a five-wicket haul on the primary day of the opening check in opposition to Sri Lanka regardless of feeling he was under-prepared for the competition and didn’t bowl his greatest.
Bess’ 5-30 off 10.1 overs noticed the hosts crumble to 135 after they gained the toss on Thursday, elected to bat and allowed England to take command because the vacationers replied with 127-2 at stumps.
Bess, one in all two spinners chosen by England for the turning wicket on the Galle International Stadium, mentioned he didn’t bowl as a lot as he would have favored within the preparations after arriving in Sri Lanka and admitted there was a component of fortune to his haul.
No way more so than when a sweep shot from Dasun Shanaka hit Jonny Bairstow at quick leg on the ankle and popped up for wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to catch.
“It was bizarre. You want guys getting caught at short leg by Jonny rather than hitting him, caught Buttler, but at the end of the day a wicket is a wicket,” Bess informed a information convention.
“I know that I haven’t bowled as well as I could have done and got away with probably one or two, but that’s cricket.”
Bess took a wicket together with his second ball as the damaging Kusal Perera tried a brazen reverse sweep solely to high edge the ball and be caught by captain Joe Root.
A protracted hop from the 23-year-old additionally accounted for Niroshan Dickwella, one other dwelling batsman responsible of poor shot choice in a disappointing batting efficiency.
“Those were not among my best deliveries but then again, I’ve also bowled very well on days and haven’t taken any poles… and dropped catches,” mentioned Bess.
“That’s just how it goes and I’m the fortunate one who has taken five wickets. You have to take it when it comes. But I know I can bowl better.”
Bess added that the five-wicket haul can be a confidence booster. “Obviously it’s a proud moment because I’ve taken five wickets for England and no one can take that away from me.”
(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris)