In the opening match with Sri Lanka, England Lions won over Sri Lanka’s Board President’s XI. In the warm up fixture, the home XIs were restricted at 153 on the first day. Chasing the score, the Lions plummeted to 69 for 4 wickets in a short stretch. England Lions played with openers Keaton Jennings and Hasseb Hameed, who could hold on to their wickets for long. The team was salvaged latter by Tom Westley and Liam Livingstone, who delivered a partnership of 99 runs in 24 overs. The team ran pass XIs’ score in the first day and hauled the team 15 runs ahead. In the next day, England Lions will carry on the strike 15 runs ahead of the XIs.
Both Westley and Liam Livingstone were batting with their unbeaten half centuries. They are set as the overnight batsmen of the team to move on the leading score. Previously, Westley had a record of hammering 84 in the first-class campaign against Afghanistan. In the first day of the current match, he struck an unbeaten 65 off 108 balls. In the stretch, he had seven boundaries as fours and another one as a six. Livingstone, on the other hand, had 61 off 75 balls. He also had eight boundaries comprising of seven fours and a six.
The Lions played with seven specialist bowlers. In bowling, Tom Helm achieved the best figures. Even Lions bowler were economic as they shared the wickets among them. Tom Curran and Toby Roland-Jones had a wicket each in the first two overs. England Lions were dominant over the XIs right from the beginning of the match. In two overs, the team was reduced to 9 for 2. Helm is back from the training camp in Dubai, who seem to have boosted his attacking skills optimally. He took 3 wickets giving out only 18 runs in 7.3 overs. Wicket keeper Joe Clarke caught three wickets. Sam Curran, Ollie Rayner, and Jack Leach all took single wickets each.
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