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Under-19s made to toil

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England Under-19s endured a chastening introduction to their tour of Sri Lanka as the hosts amassed 376 for four in Galle on the opening day of the Test series.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s splendid 149 was the biggest contribution on a day which also saw Dhananjaya de Silva make 84 and Yasoda Lanka 80.

England employed seven bowlers with limited effect, leaking runs at more than four an over despite Jack Parsons claiming two wickets.

Although Lewis Gregory removed Shehan Jayasuriya for 30 to end an opening stand worth 59, Sri Lanka dominated thereafter.

Rajapaksa shared partnerships of 120 with de Silva for the second wicket and 158 with Lanka for the third, and struck 18 fours and four sixes off the 184 balls he faced.

Off-spinner Parsons, who bowled 20 overs, was rewarded for his perseverance by removing Rajapaksa and Lanka towards the end of the day, but England face further toil with the ball tomorrow.

The four-day match is the first of two Tests in Sri Lanka, to be followed by four one-day internationals.

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