All-rounder Angelo Matthew‘s patient century, helped hosts Sri Lanka to just about dominate day one of the 2nd test in Galle.
The hosts got their innings of to the worst start after after falling to 7-2. James Anderson claimed two early wickets, and picked up another to leave the Asian side reeling at 76-3.
In the gruelling heat, former captain Mathews hit a measured 107 not out and put on 117 with captain Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka closed on 229-4.
Wicketkeeper batsmen Niroshan Dickwella finished the day 19 not out. Sri Lanka have arguably scored slowly on a flat pitch.
Credit goes to England, who limited the scoring on a pitch offering little movement for their fast bowlers or turn for the spinners.
Veteran James Anderson (3-24) was the tourists’ main threat with the ball as Jack Leach and Dom Bess remained wicket less.
So it was Sri Lanka, who edged day one but only just!