England’s outstanding spinners Jack Leach & Dom Bess created havoc by scalping three wickets each & resulted in collapse of Sri Lanka on 67 runs for six wickets down in their second innings at lunch on Day four of the final test match on Monday.
Sri Lanka lead by 104 runs after they wrapped up England for 344, 37 short of the hosts first innings total of 381 runs. Debutant Ramesh Mendis, on 11, and Dilruwan Perera, on one, were batting in Galle. Sri Lankan left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed seven wickets to end England’s first innings after the visitors resumed on 339 for nine wickets.
Sri Lanka was in distress on 66 runs for six wickets & could have been seven wickets down if captain Joe Root would have held on to a tough chance at slip off Bess right on lunch. Earlier Dilruwan caught Jack leach LBW for one on 11th ball of the day after England resumed on 339 for nine wickets in Galle. Jack leach took a single run & number 11 Anderson hit a boundary off Embuldeniya, who returned career-best figures of 7-137 in just his ninth Test, to add five runs to the overnight score. Joe Root scored 186 runs after his double century in the first test to steer England’s first innings momentum.
On the back of Root’s 228 runs England won the opening test match to lead the Test series which started last March but was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.