Foakes, spinners put England on top in Test
ENGLAND spinners led by Moeen Ali helped dismiss Sri Lanka for 203 and build on their advantage after wicketkeeperbatsman Ben Foakes’ debut ton in the first Test on Wednesday. The islanders conceded a 139run lead in response to England’s 342 after being bowled out in the final session of play on day two on a turning Galle pitch notorious for its low scores. Ali claimed four wickets and was ably supported by fellow spinners Jack Leach and Adil Rashid who took two each. England were 38 for no loss at stumps in their second innings, stretching their lead to 177 runs. Debutant Rory Burns, on 11, and Keaton Jennings, on 26, were batting at close of play.