Resolute Roshen Silva guides Sri Lanka to a first-innings lead

England batsman Jos Buttler plays a shot against Sri Lanka during the first Test in Galle

Meanwhile, England nearly had a ideal game in Galle.

He acknowledged the ball was spinning more than at Galle - "sometimes it was spinning too much to find the outside edge" - and he pointed out how the ball moved more slowly as it grew older and softer.

England had made inroads into the Sri Lankan middle order through some brilliant fielding by Ben Stokes before lunch but Silva frustrated the opposition bowlers for the rest of the day. The visiting side have opted to go without Jonny Bairstow who has successfully recovered from his injury. And in these conditions, I think Ben is the best option behind the stumps.

"Jonny is a fine keeper and what he's done over the last couple of years has been exceptional", Root added. "You saw in the evening how much it spun".

The Somerset man was comfortably the most economical of England's three-pronged spin attack, again providing evidence of his control while also retaining the ability to take wickets at key times.

England shuffled their batting line-up in Kandy, promoting Ben Stokes to number three, bumping Jos Buttler to five and shunting Moeen Ali back to six but all had come and gone, with varying success, when Curran made his latest eye-catching intervention. 'We've got a nice score on the board and it was a great positive for Leachy to bowl a attractive ball the rid of their opener in the evening, ' Sam Curran, who top scored for England with 64, said.

Sri Lanka have won all the three Tests under Lakmal's leadership and they will have to add one more to the tally in Pallekele if they want to keep themselves alive in the series.

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Dimuth Karunaratne (63) and Dhananjaya de Silva (59) put on 96 for the third wicket to frustrate England in the morning before the tourists reduced Sri Lanka to 165-6.

England closed on 0-0 in Pallekele after Leach survived the final over of the day as nightwatchman.

How vital will Roshen Silva's knock prove?

Silva and Niroshan Dickwella put on 46 runs for the seventh wicket but the stand that handed Sri Lanka the initiative back was the ninth worth 56 runs between Silva and Akila Dananjaya (31). Do join us for it at 1000 local (0430 GMT).

Pushpakumara (3-85) and Roshen Silva were brought in as the hosts battle to stay alive in the three-test series. They bowled extremely well to the top order but struggled to finish the innings off.

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