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3rd over: Sri Lanka 7-0 (Thirimanne 2, K Perera 5) Thirimanne gets the first run of the day, rolling his wrists to work Broad round the corner for a single. Perera does likewise, and then Thirimanne does it a third time. Perera ends the over by dumping Broad straight back over his head for four. It’s the third over of a Test match, man.
We’ve just seen a replay off that Curran LBW appeal – it was hitting leg, a decent portion of it, but it was Umpire’s Call so the decision wouldn’t have been overturned had England reviewed.
2nd over: Sri Lanka 0-0 (Thirimanne 0, K Perera 0) Sam Curran shares the new ball with Stuart Broad. He’s bowling to Kusal Perera, the man who made that astounding 153 not out in South Africa a couple of years ago. He has struggled a little since then, though he did make a pair of rumbustious sixties in South Africa over Christmas. He’s a dangerous player, especially in what might be a low-scoring game.
Curran almost gets rid of him quicksmart, but Perera survives a huge shout for LBW after pushing around his front pad at the fifth ball of the over. Joe Root decides against a review, thinking it was sliding past leg stump. It looked really close; I suspect it was umpire’s call.