SL vs ENG: Dom Bess and his spin partner Jack Leach ran through Sri Lanka’s top order.© Twitter
English spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess wreaked havoc with three wickets each, while Sri Lanka slid to 67 for six in their second innings at lunch on day four of the final Test on Monday. Sri Lanka led with 104 runs after they had discarded England for 344, 37 less than the hosts’ first innings in total of 381. Debutant Ramesh Mendis, 11, and Dilruwan Perera, first, batted in Galle. Sri Lankan left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed seven wickets to end England’s first innings after the tourists resumed at 339 for nine.
Leach was soon making his left arm spin count when he trapped Kusal Perera for 14 pounds and sent off-spinner Bess Oshada Fernando back for three.
Centurion Angelo Mathews in the first innings was then pitched for five by Bess and Chandimal fell to Leach, with James Anderson taking an excellent running catch.
Sri Lanka was in disarray at 66 to six and could have been seven had skipper Joe Root kept a tough chance of sliding off Bess at lunch.
Earlier, Dilruwan held batsman Leach lbw overnight for one on the 11th ball of the day, after England resumed in Galle at 339 for nine.
Leach singled and No. 11 Anderson hit a boundary at Embuldeniya, who brought back the best marks of 7-137 in his ninth Test, to add five runs to the overnight score.
Root scored 186 – after his double century in the first Test – to send England’s reaction in the first innings.
Riding Root’s 228, England won the opening test to lead the resumed series, which began last March but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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