Dilruwan Perera removes Jack Leach with 11th ball of fourth day
Innings break England 344 (Root 186, Buttler 55, Embuldeniya 7-137) path Sri Lanka by 37 runs
Sri Lanka secured themselves a helpful 37-run lead on first innings early on the fourth day of the second Check at Galle.
Jack Leach was the final man out for England, lbw to Dilruwan Perera for 1 on the 11th ball of the morning, having added 5 runs with James Anderson, whose reverse sweep to the boundary off Lasith Embuldeniya left him not out on 4.
England’s rating was constructed largely on a powerful 186 by Joe Root, who offered an exhibition in batting towards spin in Asia and withstood the specter of left-arm spinner Embuldeniya the place so many others couldn’t. Embuldeniya completed with seven wickets.
Root was run out on the final ball of the third day after nudging Dilruwan to quick leg, the place Oshada Fernando fired the ball again onto the stumps as an exhaused Root struggled in useless to get again to his crease.
Jos Buttler’s 55 offered good assist in a 97-run stand with Root, whereas Dom Bess helped frustrate the Sri Lankan assault late on the third night with 32.
England will hope that spinners Leach and Bess, specifically, can extract extra from the Galle pitch within the second innings in any case 10 of the hosts’ first-innings wickets fell to the seamers, with Anderson claiming 6 for 40.
Valkerie Baynes is a basic editor at ESPNcricinfo