On the fourth day of the first Test in Galle on Sunday, Sri Lanka clattered England with three quick wickets. after Sri Lanka finished with 359 in their second innings, leaving the visitors needing only 74 to win, England were expected to comfortably close in on victory.
But Sri Lanka struck early, with Dom Sibley (2) and Zak Crawley (8). Whereas Captain Joe Root was run-out for one after a mix-up with Jonny Bairstow.
At Galle International Stadium, Bairstow and Dan Lawrence, who were making their debut, took a nervous England to 38-3 as bad light which brought an early end to proceedings.
Off-spinner Dom Bess removed Dinesh Chandimal (20) and Niroshan Dickwella (29).Sri Lanka was carried away by 135 runs in their first innings.
Whereas, Angelo Mathews struck 71 after hitting his 36th half century in Tests to hold fort at one end. At a break Mathews was batting on 51 with Wanindu Hasaranga (3).
Before the wicketkeeper-batsman nicked one behind off Bess, Matthews stitched a 48-run partnership with Dickwella. However England took a review against Mathews when on-field umpire ruled not out to an lbw appeal from Bess. Where the replays showed that the ball was missing the stumps.