GALLE, January 18
England won the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets here today as Jonny Bairstow and debutant Dan Lawrence knocked off the 36 runs required on the last day.
Bairstow was 35 not out and Lawrence unbeaten on 21 in a 62-run partnership as England reached 76/3 in their second innings to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
They had been set a target of 74 after bowling Sri Lanka out for 359 but lost three wickets and were reeling at 14/3 before Bairstow and Lawrence took them to 38/3 when bad light stopped play on Sunday.
“It was a tricky wicket to bat on and you had to play as much off your back foot,” said Bairstow after England had been subjected to a torrent of sharp spin from Laisth Embuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga. — Reuters