It was the first day of the first test match between England Vs. Sri Lanka at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first and an exciting start to the test was expected.
It was Alastair Cook and debutant Sam Robson, who opened the innings for England. Nuwan Kulasekkara opened the proceedings for Sri Lanka. And thus the start to the exciting match was there. The debutant Robson did not manage to impress with his batting and he was dismissed early at a score of only 1 run by Nuwan Pradeep. Gary Ballance came in next and needed to build up a partnership with the captain. But to add to the English misfortune, Cook was dismissed early on by Kulasekkara. He was bowled out by Kulasekkara in the 7th over of the English innings and England were thus in a spot of bother having lost 2 early wickets under 25 runs. Ian Bell came in next and steadied the innings with Ballance and contributed to a 52 run partnership. Ballance was dismissed by Pradeep in the 19th over at a score of 23 runs. English men were thus 74 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Then came in the hero for the day, Joe Root. He built up a steady partnership with Bell and at lunch England were poised at 98 for the loss of 3 wickets.
The second session started well for England and Root and Bell were going on nicely and it seemed like the partnership would take England to a high score. But Bell was dismissed at a score of 56 by Sharminda Eranga. Thus England were thus 120 for 4. Next came in another test debutant for England, Moeen Ali. The left handed batsman assisted Root well and together they went onto build a solid partnership for England. Sri Lanka bowlers started struggling against the English batsmen. At tea, both the batsmen were going on quite well and Root was unbeaten on 43 and Moeen Ali was also unbeaten on 43 and England were 195 for the loss of 4 wickets at tea.
In the last session of the match, Sri Lanka had to bounce back by taking immediate breakthroughs. On the other hand, Moeen Ali and Joe Root settled down at the center and was looking good. Joe Root played exceptionally well today. He was middling the ball very well and played some wonderful strokes throughout the innings. Sri Lanka got their breakthrough in the form of Moeen Ali within an hour to the start of the last session. Moeen Ali was dismissed by Rangana Herath at a score of 48 runs off 98 balls with 6 fours and a six. It was indeed a tragic end for the debutant as he missed his half-century by a margin of 2 runs. The English Wicket Keeper, Matt Prior came in to bat next and he started assisting settled Root well. Matt Prior got in touch quickly and his team needed him to stay at the crease right till the end as it was the last recognized pair for England. Prior came up with all the expectations and played sensibly. Matt Prior completed his half century in 81 deliveries. None of the Sri Lankan bowlers in the likes of Kulasekkara, Pradeep and Herath could not manage to create least trouble for the batsmen and they were going on quite well.
Root completed his ton in the concluding phase of the day and it was a great century for him. He reached his century in 183 balls. Things were purely in control of the English men and at stumps of Day-1, England were in cruise control of the game and they stand at 344 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Root is unbeaten on 102 runs while Prior is unbeaten on 76 runs. The partnership worthed 145 runs so far and hoping to add more to it. Sri Lanka has to come up strongly on Day-2 to keep their hopes for the game on track.