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Paul Best led by example with five wickets as his England side kept Sri Lanka in check

Left-arm spinner Paul Best marked his first day as England Under-19 Test captain with five wickets to limit Sri Lanka to 298 for eight.

Leading the two-match series after a 199-run victory at Northampton last week, Sri Lanka opted to bat first at Scarborough but Best prevented them taking full advantage.

The tourists made an impressive start, despite Jacob Ball removing Ramith Rambukwella, as opener Nipun Karunanayake and number three Bhanuka Rajapaksa added 95 to take Sri Lanka to 124 for one.

However Best, taking over the captaincy from Azeem Rafiq who was not selected in one of three England changes along with Adam Ball and David Payne coming in for Atif Sheikh and Matthew Dunn, struck to remove Rajapaksa lbw for 47.

Best soon reduced Sri Lanka to 178 for five when he trapped Rumesh Buddika in front, had Kithuruwan Vithanage caught behind and pinned Karunanayake leg before for 90.

Wicketkeeper Denuwan Rajakaruna and Akshu Fernando resisted with 35 and 39 respectively, but the former offered Best a return catch to become his fifth victim.

Joe Root cleaned up Sri Lanka captain Chathura Peiris for 22 and Payne bowled Fernando before Charith Jayampathi and Nadeera Rajaguru survived until stumps, closing on 12 and 22 respectively.

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