GALLE (AFP) - England looked Thursday to be constructing a commanding position inside the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, with the site visitors leading with the aid of 250 at lunch on day three.

Opener Keaton Jennings turned into unbeaten on 60 observed with the aid of Ben Stokes no longer out on 14 as the home facet struggled to get again into the fit.

Having been 38 with out loss overnight, Jennings’s establishing associate Rory Burns, delivered in to update the retired Alastair cook dinner, turned into run out on 23.

Moeen Ali, out first ball in the first innings, made simply 3 earlier than riding straight to Rangana Herath at mid-on off Dilruwan Perera.

Perera then quickly claimed his 2nd, getting England captain Joe Root caught in the back of for three.

England made 342 inside the first innings thanks to a century from Burns’s fellow debutant Ben Foakes. Sri Lanka have been then bowled out on Tuesday for 203, leaving them 139 at the back of.