GALLE, Sri Lanka: Left-arm spinner Jack Leach took 5 wickets as England edged in the direction of victory over Sri Lanka within the first check in Galle, however they made a nervous begin to their pursuit of a modest goal of 74 and closed day 4 on 38 for 3 on Sunday. Jonny Bairstow (11 not out) and debutant Dan Lawrence (7 not out) will lead the victory cost on the ultimate day however should grasp a wicket providing prodigious flip that may go away Sri Lanka believing they’re nonetheless in with a sniff of an upset. South Africa had been skittled for 73 of their fourth innings in Galle in 2018 as the house facet took 28.5 overs to take 10 wickets, a blueprint for his or her potential success on this match.
England misplaced opener Dom Sibley (2) within the first over of their chase when he left a supply from Lasith Embuldeniya (2-13) that clipped his off stump and Zak
Crawley (8) quickly adopted, caught at slip by Kusal Mendis off the identical bowler. There was catastrophe for the guests when captain Joe Root (1), who scored an excellent 228 within the first innings, was run out by a direct his from wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella to depart England teetering at 14 for 3.
It was a pointless try at a single that confirmed the nerves of the guests and Root’s fifth run out in checks because the begin of 2018.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 359 of their second innings as opener Lahiru Thirimanne scored his second check century in 37 matches earlier than being dismissed for 111.
He was undone by the brand new ball when a supply from Sam Curran (2-37) nipped again and was edged by to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Off-spinner Dom Bess (3-100) chipped away on the Sri Lanka middle-order, choosing up the wickets of nightwatchman Embuldeniya (0), captain Dinesh Chandimal (20) and Dickwella (29) as he completed with eight wickets within the match.
All-rounder Angelo Mathews (71) batted effectively with the tail to frustrate the guests and permit them to set some form of goal, his 219-ball vigil lastly ended by Leach (5-122) when he edged to Root at slip.
Leach was getting appreciable activate the crumbling floor and seemed threatening with just about each ball.
He offered a primary stumping for Buttler in check cricket when he eliminated Dilruwan Perera (24).