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England transfer 1-0 up in two-match Test sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka after seven-wicket win in Galle; Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence steer their aspect to victory target of 74 on day 5 with fifty stand; watch second Test on Sky Sports Cricket from 4am on Friday

Last Updated: 18/01/21 5:37am

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Highlights from the ultimate day as England knock off the the 36 runs wanted to win the first Test in opposition to Sri Lanka

Highlights from the ultimate day as England knock off the the 36 runs wanted to win the first Test in opposition to Sri Lanka

Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence’s unbroken fifty partnership steered England to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle as they knocked off the 36 runs required inside 10 overs on day 5.

Bairstow (35no) and debutant Lawrence (21no) lifted England from their in a single day 38-3 to their victory target of 74 – though Lawrence would have fallen lbw to spinner Dilruwan Perera on 9 had Sri Lanka reviewed.

England had stumbled to 14-3 in six overs late on Sunday, with Dom Sibley (2) bowled, Zak Crawley caught at gully and skipper Joe Root (1) run out, elevating Sri Lanka’s hopes of a shocking comeback win.

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But Bairstow and Lawrence steadied the guests with a stand of 24 up till stumps and prolonged that partnership to 62 on Monday as their aspect took a 1-0 lead in the two-match sequence and accomplished a fourth right away Test victory, having received three on the trot in South Africa final winter.

Lawrence – who scored 73 in the first innings – was subjected to an lbw assessment in the opening over however UltraEdge confirmed he gloved the ball as he reverse swept Dilruwan whereas the influence was most likely exterior the road, too.

Sri Lanka ought to then have reviewed two overs later, with Dilruwan’s sharply-turning supply set to go on and hit Lawrence’s stumps after beating the Essex batsman on his inside edge.

Jonny Bairstow shared an unbroken fifty partnership with Lawrence for England's fourth wicket

Jonny Bairstow shared an unbroken fifty partnership with Lawrence for England’s fourth wicket

Root’s aspect solely have to keep away from defeat in Friday’s second Test, additionally in Galle, to safe a second straight Test sequence success in Sri Lanka, having swept the hosts 3-0 on the island in late 2018 for Root’s first sequence win as captain away from dwelling.

Root’s 228, his fourth Test double hundred, was key in England’s victory in Galle this week, with that innings underpinning his aspect’s whole of 421 as they carved out a 286-run lead after first innings.

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The finest moments from Joe Root’s double hundred in the first Test in opposition to Sri Lanka in Galle

The finest moments from Joe Root’s double hundred in the first Test in opposition to Sri Lanka in Galle

England had been in command ever since Sri Lanka subsided to 135 all out after profitable the toss, with a sequence of rash pictures seeing the house aspect skittled in 46.1 overs and Dom Bess snare 5-30.

Bess’ fellow spinner Jack Leach picked up 5-122 in Sri Lanka’s second innings however the hosts confirmed far higher utility in that knock, with Lahiru Thirimanne making 111 in a complete of 359.

Sri Lanka, although, had been finally left to rue their first-innings implosion, in which stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal top-scored with 28, as a greater batting show might have left England with a very tough chase.

Root’s aspect made arduous work of their double-digit target on day 4, with Lasith Embuldeniya castling Sibley and having Crawley caught by Kusal Mendis, earlier than Niroshan Dickwella’s direct hit accounted for Root after the England captain’s mix-up with Bairstow and collision with Dilruwan.

But England sealed victory in fairly serene trend on day 5, with Bairstow yelling “get in” as he swept the profitable boundary off Dilruwan.

Watch day one of the second Test between Sri Lanka and England dwell on Sky Sports Cricket from 4am on Friday.

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