Lahiru Thirimanne managed to lead Sri Lanka’s fightback on day three of the first Test against England, despite Joe Root scoring an impressive double ton in Galle.
The England captain kicked on from his century on Friday as the visitors piled on the runs to build a substantial lead over the Sri Lankans.
Debutant Dan Lawrence was the first wicket to fall on Saturday when he departed for 73 before Dilruwan Perera picked up a couple of quick wickets from the England lower order.
Root was eventually the last batsman to be dismissed, finishing on 228 as England posted 421 in their first innings – a lead of 286 runs.
In reply, openers Kusal Perera and Thirimanne made a flying start with the bat, racing to 101 without loss before the former played a loose shot off Sam Curran, caught on the boundary for 62.
Kusal Mendis finally made some runs following his fourth consecutive duck in the first innings, but was caught behind for 15 shortly before stumps.
Bad light brought an end to the day’s action with Sri Lanka on 156-2, Thirimanne unbeaten on 76.