GALLE, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal has gained the toss and elected to bat within the first cricket take a look at in opposition to England.
Chandimal will lead the house facet after common skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was dominated out with a fractured finger on his left hand.
Looks like a superb batting pitch and we are going to attempt to put runs on board and put them below strain, Chandimal stated on the toss on Thursday. If we play properly within the first hour, it is going to be nice.
Sri Lanka packed its taking part in XI with three spinners — Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera and Lasith Embuldeniya — with Asitha Fernando as the only specialist quick bowler.
England gave a take a look at cap to Essexs 23-year-old batsman Dan Lawrence. As as anticipated each spinners, Dom Bess and Jack Leach, had been picked within the bowling assault together with Sam Curran, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood.
It shall be Sri Lanka’s first take a look at sequence at dwelling because the COVID-19 pandemic pressured sports activities into a short lived lockdown 10 months in the past. Sri Lanka has performed simply two take a look at matches away from dwelling since then, dropping 2-Zero in South Africa.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando
England: Joe Root (captain), Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Jack Leach.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka.
TV Umpire: Lyndon Hannibal, Sri Lanka. Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.