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18-Jan-2021 05:15:00 GMT
SL vs Eng - 1st Test, Galle, day 5

Bairstow, Lawrence seal emphatic seven-wicket win

England 421 (Root 228, Lawrence 73, Dilruwan 4-109) and 76 for 3 (Bairstow 35*, Embuldeniya 2-29) beat Sri Lanka 135 (Bess 5-30) and 359 (Thirimanne 111, Mathews 71, Perera 62, Leach 5-122) by seven wickets

Galle: England wrapped up a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test of a two-match series in Galle.

Resuming on 38-3, needing another 36 for victory, Jonny Bairstow and debutant Dan Lawrence carried England to their target inside 35 minutes on the final morning of an enthralling encounter.

Bairstow ended unbeaten on 35 and Lawrence 21, although the latter survived an lbw review against Dilruwan Perera and Sri Lanka did not refer another shout that replays suggested would have been overturned.

After England slipped to 14-3 during a frantic end to day four, Bairstow and Lawrence's unbroken 62-run stand guided England to an ultimately comfortable win.

The second Test starts at 04:30 GMT on Friday at the same ground.

Victory also improved England's chances of reaching the inaugural World Test Championship final at Lord's in June. They remain fourth in the standings, behind Australia, India and New Zealand, with the two top sides playing in the final.

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