England made a grand start to the tour of Sri Lanka. England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets on the fifth day of the first Test played in Galle on Monday, thanks to the innings of Johnny Bairstow (35*) and debutant Dan Lawrence (21*). England achieved the target of 74 runs by losing three wickets in 24.2 overs. With this, England took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. The second and final test of the series will be played from January 22 in Gaul. English captain Joe Root was adjudged Man of the Match for his double century.
Let us tell you that Sri Lanka had decided to bat first after winning the toss and their first innings was piled on only 135 runs. In reply, England scored 421 runs in their first innings thanks to the double century of Joe Root (228) and scored a huge lead of 286 against Sri Lanka. After this, Sri Lanka scored 359 runs in their second innings thanks to the century of Lahiru Thirimanne (111) and set an easy target of 74 runs in front of England. The visiting team achieved the target by losing three wickets on the final day.
England led their innings with a score of 38/3 on Monday. they needed only 36 runs to win. Johnny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence ensured no more wickets fell and gave England a lead in the series, finishing the match in the first session. It is to be noted that England lost the wicket of opener Dom Sibley (02) in the very first over. After which the second opener Jack Kraley (08) also returned cheaply to the pavilion. Lasith Ambuldeniya (2 for 13) took both wickets. Captain Joe Root, who scored a double century in the first innings, was dismissed by scoring one run.