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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test 2021

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Few alarms for England’s batsmen in final push after fourth-evening jitters

England 421 (Root 228, Lawrence 73) and 76 for 3 (Bairstow 35*) beat Sri Lanka 135 (Bess 5-30) and 359 (Thirimanne 111, Leach 5-122) by seven wickets

England have won the first Test in Galle by seven wickets.

In the end, it was straightforward enough. Resuming on the final morning with 36 more runs required to win, it took England just 9.2 overs to wrap up victory. Jonny Bairstow settled any nerves that may have been lingering by rocking on to the back foot and cutting Lasith Embuldeniya for four in the second over of the morning, while Dan Lawrence picked off singles with an ease that seemed impossible the previous evening. Together they posted an unbeaten stand of 62 for the fourth wicket with Lawrence providing admirably assured support on debut.

There were a couple of anxious moments. Replays suggested that, had Sri Lanka called for a review when Lawrence, on 9, was hit on the pad by Dilruwan Perera, he would have been given out.

Generally, however, there was little of the anxiety that characterised the frenetic passage of play that ended the fourth day, when, had Bairstow been run-out – as he probably should have been – England would have been 14 for 4.

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