England made two necessary breakthroughs on the fourth morning as they continued their push for victory within the opening Check with Sri Lanka in Galle.
Lahiru Thirimanne accomplished a tremendous century earlier than succumbing to the brand new ball as Sam Curran discovered some elusive swing to take his inside edge.
Nightwatchman Lasith Embuldeniya was the one different wicket to fall – dismissed early on by Dom Bess – as Sri Lanka slowly diminished their deficit.
Lahiru Thirimanne celebrates reaching his second profession Check century on the fourth day towards England in Galle
Sam Curran ultimately dismissed Thirimanne for 111 after discovering swing with the brand new ball
They reached lunch on 242 for 4, trailing England by 44, however then misplaced Dinesh Chandimal within the first over of the afternoon session.
Bess took the scalp, getting the ball to show greater than Chandimal had anticipated, and Joe Root took a low catch at slip.
After a day of toil within the subject on Friday, England wanted the enhance of an early breakthrough on day 4 and received it due to Bess.
The house facet resumed on 156 for 2 after sustaining a 286-run deficit after the primary innings.
Thirimanne, resuming on 76, noticed out Stuart Broad’s first over however Embuldeniya was unable to hold round or add to the rating.. Having been dropped at foolish level from Bess’ fourth ball, he then offered one other likelihood which Dom Sibley took at quick cowl.
Thirimanne wasn’t in a temper to do something foolish and fortunately capitalised on any free balls despatched his method by spin duo Bess and Jack Leach.
Thirimanne had annoyed England for many of the morning as Sri Lanka diminished their deficit
He hit successive fours off Bess, the primary of which evaded the diving Sibley in a catching place, earlier than seeing a mis-hit sweep loop up however fall protected.
On 99, he was provided the prospect to chop when Bess dropped a ball too quick and he picked out the hole to carry up simply the second Check ton of a decade-long profession and his first since 2013.
With Sri Lanka’s deficit now beneath 100, Mathews joined Thirimanne for a half-century stand to additional frustrate England.
Lastly, the brand new ball arrived with the rating at 210 for 3 with captain Joe Root turning to Curran and Mark Wooden forward of Broad.
Angelo Mathews performs a shot as he seems to be to construct a partnership that can give his workforce a lead
And that proved the proper determination. Each males began with maidens earlier than Curran discovered a touch of swing to Thirimanne. The ball held its line off the pitch and took the within edge, simply clearing the stumps however ending up in Jos Buttler’s gloves.
The left-hander departed for 111 and England felt a way of aid. Nonetheless, they didn’t dislodge the skilled pair of Mathews and Chandimal earlier than lunch and must redouble their efforts to stop Sri Lanka establishing a lead that might show difficult to knock off on day 5.