Jack Leach was thrilled when he saw old buddy Jos Buttler catching his bowling

Jack Leach was thrilled when he saw old buddy Jos Buttler catching his bowling

Jack Leach finally reached the scorebook entry he'd always wanted when England's spinners took control of their first test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Only with his second test did Leach finish 41 of 18 up in the left arm when the Sri Lankans were knocked over for 203.

His personal highlight, however, was when he removed No. 8 Dilruwan Perera, which was brought under cover by his old colleague Jos Buttler.

Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) - they first played together in the U11

Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) - they first played together in the U11

Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) – they first played together in the U11

Leach's second goal of the day brought Buttler into the trap to release Dilruwan Perera

Leach's second goal of the day brought Buttler into the trap to release Dilruwan Perera

Leach's second wicket of the day brought Buttler into the trap to release Dilruwan Perera

"I ran to him and shouted," Buttler rolled Leach, "he said," Those were my exact words.

"Being outside with him is something special for me. We started playing together for the U-11 – that would have been the first "Buttler Bowled Leach". "

"I was disappointed when he left Somerset, we've always talked about playing together again – hopefully for England and hopefully for Somerset – I'm working on it! & # 39;

Since his test debut at Christchurch in March, Leach, who had not been called up for an Indian tour two years ago on concerns about the legality of his act, had been denied a second limit on some of the time-critical injuries.

He started a flawless opening spell of 12-2-17-1 by beating Kusal Mendi's outside edge with his first ball and catching Mendis with his 20th ball.

With the spinning mates Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who brought six wickets between them, England extended a lead of 139 on First Innings, which was expanded to 177.

"Things were going pretty well," Leach said. "We put as much pressure on them as possible [Root] we asked, we did.

It's the first time that "Buttler, Bowled Leach" has been on the international scorebook

It's the first time that "Buttler, Bowled Leach" has been on the international scorebook

It's the first time that "Buttler, Bowled Leach" has been on the international scorebook

Leach kept it tight with his left arm arm all day while England left Sri Lanka out of control for 203

Leach kept it tight with his left arm arm all day while England left Sri Lanka out of control for 203

Leach kept it tight with his left arm all day, while England got Sri Lanka out of control for 203

"I can not thank Mo and Rash enough for how relaxed they made me, it's a great group to be involved with."

In the meantime, Sri Lankan coach Thilan Samaraweera beat his team after their collapse.

"There are no demons in the square," he said. "Our decisions today were very bad.

"We did not hit well: that's the end result, it's not a 200 pitch because the second day has really behaved well, and five to six men have been fired very gently."

The hosts were disappointed with their strikes and landed 177 runs nearby

The hosts were disappointed with their thugs and landed 177 runs nearby

The hosts were disappointed with their strikes and landed 177 runs nearby

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