August 2, 2021

Curran strikes after Thirimanne holds up England

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Sri Lanka cut deficit to 44 runs by lunch on day four of first Test against England; Lahiru Thirimanne out to Sam Curran for 111 after completing second Test hundred and first since March 2013; watch live on Sky Sports Cricket

Last Updated: 17/01/21 6:51am

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Highlights from the first session of the fourth day between Sri Lanka and England

Highlights from the first session of the fourth day between Sri Lanka and England

Sam Curran dismissed centurion Lahiru Thirimanne with the second new ball after Sri Lanka continued to frustrate England on day four of the first Test in Galle.

Thirimanne (111) inside-edged left-armer Curran through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler after playing for out-swing, having completed his second Test ton – almost eight years after his first – from 227 deliveries.

The left-hander had added 52 with Angelo Mathews (30no) for the fourth wicket – Mathews having headed to the crease after the early exit of nightwatchman Lasith Embuldeniya (0).

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Sam Curran dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne for 111 of an inside edge after Sri Lanka continued to hold up England in Galle

Sam Curran dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne for 111 of an inside edge after Sri Lanka continued to hold up England in Galle

Sri Lanka headed in for lunch on 242-4 – Mathews alongside Dinesh Chandimal (20no) – and trail England by only 44 runs.

England will get nervy if the hosts can turn that deficit into a three-figure lead with the pitch showing appreciable turn.

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Watch the best shots from Thirimanne’s second Test century and first since 2013

Watch the best shots from Thirimanne’s second Test century and first since 2013

Spinner Dom Bess had Embuldeniya caught at short cover by Dom Sibley in the second over of the day once Sri Lanka resumed on 156-2 but Thirimanne and Mathews then frustrated the tourists.

Thirimanne – who slashed past Sibley in the off-side and top-edged over midwicket as he approached his century – reached three figures with a cut for four off Bess.

The 31-year-old’s second Test hundred was also his second in Galle, having hit an unbeaten 155 against Bangladesh in 2013 – Thirimanne going a Sri Lanka-record 54 innings between tons.

Watch Sri Lanka vs England live on Sky Sports Cricket.