Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Day 2: England firmly in control after Moeen’s four-for

Moeen Ali four wickets Sri Lanka England 1st Test Day 2 Galle cricket

Moeen Ali finished with figures of 4-66 off 21 overs

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Moeen Ali took a four-wicket haul before England stretched their lead to 177 runs on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Starting off the day on 321/8, England added nine runs to their overnight score before Jack Leach was dismsised by Dilruwan Perera for 15.

England ended up being bowled out for 342 when debutant Ben Foakes was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at extra cover off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal for 107, which came off 202 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Dilruwan was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Lakmal snapped up three, and Rangana Herath and Akila Dananjaya chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 342 runs, Sri Lanka were dealt a major blow on the second ball of their innings as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson for four runs.

Kaushal Silva, who opened the batting with Karunaratne, was the next to go as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Sam Curran for one run.

Kusal Mendis managed to score 19 before he was caught by Ben Stokes at first slip off the bowling of Leach.

De Silva was on his way back to the pavilion three overs later as he was clean bowled by Moeen for 14.

With Sri Lanka struggling at 40/4, captain Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews steadied things with a 75-run partnership before Chandimal was stumped by Foakes off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 33.

Mathews went on to make a 122-ball 52, which included three boundaries, before he was caught by Keaton Jennings at short leg off the bowling of Moeen.

Sri Lanka began to collapse once Mathew was gone, but with their batsmen making small contributions, they managed to reach 203 before being bowled out, which gave England a 139-run lead.

Moeen was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Leach and Rashid took two wickets apiece. As for Anderson and Curran, they claimed one wicket each.

With a 139-run lead in hand, Jennings and debutant Rory Burns amassed an unbeaten 38-run partnership before stumps was called.

Jennings finished on 26, which came off 44 balls and included three boundaries, while Burns remained undefeated on a 28-ball 11, which included a solitary boundary.

England ended day two on 38/0 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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