A stiff day for England on the field; Eng vs SL day 4 report
Joe Root slightly pushed the ball slightly and ran for one run. The run that was not demandable at that time. The fielders made no error and Niroshan Dickwella removed the English skipper for just one run by breaking the stumps. Chasing 74, England lost their third wicket while 14 runs were on the board. Root’s run out proved to be the biggest scalp in Sri Lanka’s kitty.
Sri Lanka carried the spirit from the day three and aced more domination on the fourth day of the first Test. Thirimanne brought up his second Test hundred when SL needed that the most. The 71 runs contribution from Angelo Mathews fuelled their grit that they carried into their bowling. The day began with SL having 130 runs deficit. Gradually the ship was steered by Mathews and Dickwella and took them into a lead. SL made it to tea while they were 16 runs ahead of England and finally posted a target of 74 runs. Had they scored more in their first innings the match could be under their belt. They scored 359 in their second innings.
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach became the leading wicket-taker for England today by having five scalps against his name. While arm-off spinner Dom Bess took three wickets.
England started off their chase on a faulty note as they lost both the openers quickly followed by Root’s dismissal. Though earlier Zak Crawley was dropped on one by Dickwella, but there was no repercussion as he was removed by Lasith Embuldeniya shortly after.
The early recede of the wickets making the chase a little dicey but not unfeasible for England. At stumps England are trailing by 36 runs with Jonny Bairstow on 11 and Dan Lawrence on 7 and Jos Buttler to follow.