LIVE SCORECARD: Rory Burns suffers blow to neck while fielding at short leg after Ben Foakes continues brilliant England debut with smart stumping as tourists tighten grip on first Test
- Rory Burns was hurt by what became the last ball before tea in Galle
- He was struck on the back by a sweep from Niroshan Dickwella at short leg
- Burns was treated on the field but was well enough to walk off for early tea
- Earlier Ben Foakes sharply stumped Dinesh Chandimal to continue fine debut
Rory Burns was hurt by what became the last ball before tea when he was struck on the back by a sweep from Niroshan Dickwella off Moeen Ali fielding at short leg as England looked to push home their advantage in this first Test.
England had been quietly asserting their unexpected superiority in the first match of this three-Test series when Burns collapsed to the ground after being struck just below the neck.
The Surrey captain, on debut, had treatment on the Galle outfield while the rest of the England team departed for tea, but he was well enough to walk off and should be able to resume his fielding duties after the interval.
Before then Ben Foakes had continued to have a dream debut as England strengthened their grip on the first Test in their pursuit of a first ever win in Galle.
England had enjoyed a superb morning to reduce Sri Lanka to 42 for four at lunch – Foakes taking a catch off the second ball of the innings – but were held up in the afternoon session at a ground the hosts consider their fortress.
But just when England were starting to get a little concerned at Sri Lanka getting close to their 342 all out, with Foakes completing his century this morning, Adil Rashid made a crucial breakthrough. With the help of his keeper.
Rory Burns was hurt by the last ball before tea in Galle after being struck on the back
The England opener was hurt by a sweep from Niroshan Dickwella while fielding at short leg
Burns was treated on the field by the England medical staff but was well enough to walk off
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, batting despite a groin injury suffered in the field on the first day, had appeared to have been caught on 17 by Ben Stokes at slip off Rashid with the home side on just 89.
But even though the umpires ‘soft’ signal was out when they called on technology to decide whether the catch was clean, replays suggested the ball hit the turf just before it settled in Stokes fingers.
Chandimal then took his stand with former captain Angelo Mathews to 75 before Rashid spun a leg-break sharply past his outside edge when Foakes, described as the best keeper in the world by his director of cricket at Surrey Alec Stewart, smartly whipped off the bails.
Ben Foakes continued his brilliant debut with the sharp stumping of Dinesh Chandimal
It may have looked a relatively straight-forward chance but Foakes made it look easier than it was and is showing here why he is so highly regarded with the gloves after batting with considerable skill and style to earlier make 107.
England are convinced that this Galle pitch, which has behaved pretty well up to now, will deteriorate rapidly as the Test goes on so they do not want Sri Lanka to get anywhere near what is looking like a more than decent total.
To that end Joe Root has at times been defensive with his fields in good attritional sub-continental style as England’s six man attack look to make more breakthroughs in the final session of this second day.
Foakes earlier celebrated his century, the first England wicketkeeper to record one in Asia
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