1st Test, Day 4: Angelo Mathews resists into tea, England need five wickets
Jack Leach dented Sri Lanka with three wickets on day four in Galle. @Getty

England are five wickets away from taking a 1-0 series lead in Galle, having Sri Lanka at 190/5 by tea on day four. From 98/3 when the second session began, Sri Lanka lost two wickets in the afternoon with the left-arm spinner Jack Leach adding Kusal Mendis (45) and Dinesh Chandimal (1) in a spell of 11-1-39-2.

It was Leach who delivered England their first wicket of the day in the 23rd over, pinning Kaushal Silva lbw on the sweep for 30, and his afternoon strikes pushed Sri Lanka further backwards. The scalp of Mendis came with help from the batsman who recklessly charged out and threw away his wicket. The wicket of Chandimal owed to purely lovely bowling, with teasing drift luring the Sri Lankan captain to play down the wrong line. At 154/5, the ship was sinking.

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s man for a crisis, raised his fifty with a heaved four off Adil Rashid just before tea to keep England searching for a breakthrough into the bowling.

The trend of loose dismissals had set in during the morning session. Sri Lanka began the day on 15/0 – 447 runs away from their victory target – and did well to progress to 51 before Silva mistimed a sweep. England had an opening, and with the ball turning it was not not long after that Moeen Ali got into the act, courtesy a rush of blood to the head for Dimuth Karunaratne (26) who charged out and struck catch that Moeen did well to clutch onto for his 150th Test wicket. Sri Lanka had thus lost their openers in the span of 17 deliveries.

Dhananjaya de Silva applied himself well during his 21 off 44 balls, hitting Moeen for six, but in the over lunch pushed loosely at Ben Stokes and was taken by first slip by Joe Root.

Tea: Sri Lanka 203 & 190/5 (Mathews 50*) need 272 runs to beat England 342 & 322/6 declared