Gaul: England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Monday, the fifth and final day of the first Test match played here at Gaul International Stadium. England only had to score 74 points to win. England achieved this goal by losing three wickets. With that, the England team went 1-0 in the series.
England scored an easy victory
Following an easy target, England lost all three wickets on the fourth day itself. On the fifth day, the visiting team started with 38 races with the loss of three wickets and reached the goal without losing any more wickets.
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Johnny Bairstow remained undefeated after scoring 35 points. With him, Dan Lawrence scored 21 points to win the team. Bairstow faced 65 balls and hit two fours. Lawrence played 52 balls in his unbeaten innings. He didn’t hit a single limit.
Sri Lanka accumulated 135 points in their first heats. England then took the lead by 286 points with the help of 228 points from captain Joe Root and Lawrence’s 73 points scored 421 in the opening innings.
Sri Lanka did well in the second set, but due to the lead gained from the low score in the opening sets, they couldn’t get a big goal past England. Sri Lanka scored 359 points in their second set.
Root’s formidable sleeves
The innings of Captain Joe Root of 228 points. Root marked two double centuries for England as captain. Previously, he had scored 200 points at Lord’s. He became the first player to score two double centuries as captain for England.
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Joe Root became the 26th batsman to score four and more double centuries.