A victory in at Galle helped the visitors draw the first blood in the ongoing 3-match Test series with the must-win duel about to commence after a few days wait. Root & Co. managed to flourish in the spinner friendly conditions, against a lineup which could have easily blistered the visitors, had they resorted to a different form of play than the ones played by them in the past couple of years in red-ball cricket. On the basis of the players’ performance in the first Test at Galle, let’s have a look at the names of the Top 3 players who would be expected to play a significant role in the much-awaited Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test at Pallekele.
Sri Lanka vs England 5th Test: 3 players to watch out for
After a series of failed performance which raised the questions of his selections, Jennings did manage to overturn the criticisms hurled onto him by delivering a bang-on performance in the 1st Test, comprising of a majestic hundred in the writhing conditions of Galle which eventually led to his team amassing 322 on board whilst himself missing out on a well-deserved one hundred and fifty.
The former Sri Lankan skipper shouldered the entire responsibility of the team, and thus, emerged as the leading run-getter for the same in the first test at Galle.
Being the solitary cricketer to cross the 50+ individual tally twice ( 52 and 53), Mathews helped the unit in putting a total of 203 and 250 in the first and second innings, which delayed their defeat at the hands of Englishmen. The forthcoming contest being a do or die duel could witness the 31-year-old to continue with his sentinel prowess.
England’s extremely fortunate to have recieved a player of his stature. The man for all occasions was once again at his best, this time with the ball in affecting major dismissals, which eventually spun the game in favor of the Englishmen.
With figures of 4/66 and 4/71 in the first and second innings respectively, Moeen eclipsed the entire Sri Lankan unit with a bare amount of duress to take his side en-route to a victory in the first contest. The English folks would be dependent on his prowess in-order to cash-in on any advantage that comes on their end.