Gall: England’s first order stumbled over a rotating wicket after Sri Lanka eradicated an enormous deficit and set a troublesome 74-race goal on day 4 of the primary take a look at on Sunday.
Left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya caught 2-13 and double-century creator Joe Root was brilliantly knocked out by Niroshan Dickwella for 1 as England struggled with a nervous 38-3.
Jonny Bairstow, who additionally escaped a run-out, was unbeaten on 11 whereas debutant Dan Lawrence was not on 7 as England nonetheless wanted 36 for the win.
Sri Lanka had already challenged the English spinners due to Lahiru Thirimanne’s first century of testing (111) in nearly eight years and a 71 out of 219 ball struggle by Angelo Mathews to succeed in 359.
Left arm spinner Jack Leach (5-122) received a five-wicket shot and offspinner Dom Bess (3-100) completed with eight wickets within the recreation, however Mathews dug nicely in opposition to each spinners to push the match within the final day.
It was a exceptional turnaround within the dwelling group’s batting kind, which was solely contested for 135 within the opening innings earlier than Root’s 228 led England to a formidable 421 and gave the guests a major lead of 286 factors.
Sri Lanka was simply 10 factors clear after they misplaced their seventh wicket of 296, however Mathews was nicely supported by No.10 batsman Dilruwan Perera (24) to stretch the result in 73.
England had their probabilities, however Jos Buttler missed a troublesome blow when Mathews was on 58 whereas Bairstow could not maintain a decent low grip close to the wicket earlier than Perera scored.
Buttler, taking part in his forty eighth tryout match, lastly received his first stumping within the five-day format when he had Perera earlier than Leach landed his second five-wicket booty in opposition to Sri Lanka when Mathews lastly edged Root within the single slip.
87 Check veteran Mathews, who got here in on the second purpose of the day, struck for 5 hours and 44 minutes to finish his thirty sixth take a look at in half a century and hit 4 limits.
Bess had knocked twice in the midst of the session when he caught performing captain Dinesh Chandimal within the first slip after lunch.
Dickwella (29) added 48 factors with Mathews earlier than taking part in a free minimize in opposition to the offspinner and secured a thick benefit for wicket keeper Buttler. Leach then cleaned up Dasun Shanaka (4) with a full top supply that went below the bat to hit the stumps.
Earlier, Thirimanne’s affected person century, spanning simply over six hours and that includes 12 ovens, took Sri Lanka to 242-4 at lunch after the house facet resumed at 156-2.
Sam Curran (2-37) offered the long-awaited breakthrough when he secured the within fringe of Thirimanne’s bat from a supply that introduced the southpaw again.
Mathews, who was deserted on 11 within the quick leg ahead, reached his second fiftieth slowest in take a look at cricket with 164 balls within the second session earlier than England hit by their spinners.
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However Thirimanne, who would not have performed if common captain Dimuth Karunaratne had recovered from a thumb harm, seized the chance with each fingers on a tough wicket the place the ball was spinning.
He made a decided effort in opposition to spinners and quick bowlers elevating solely his second century in his thirty seventh Check.
The English spinners had created alternatives to sack Thirimanne after Bess knocked out in a single day batsman Lasith Embuldeniya for nothing in second, when the batsman performed a free shot for some additional quick cowl.
Bess got here shut twice to claiming the wicket from Thirimanne, who took over the 76. The primary Dom Sibley dove full size for an additional quick cowl catch, however the ball ran to the restrict, then a excessive slog sweep landed in no man’s land.
Thirimanne hit her hundred of 227 balls with a sq. restrict off Bess. It was Thirimanne’s first 100 exams in 54 take a look at heats since he scored 155 non in opposition to Bangladesh on the similar spot in March 2013.