England won the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Monday with Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence leading from the front.
England, on Monday, chased down the paltry target of 74 to register a remarkable victory by seven wickets. After losing three quick wickets before the overnight close, Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence scored unbeaten 35 and 21 respectively to take their side over the finish line.
“It was tricky,” admitted Bairstow, who hit the last runs with a four in the empty stadium in Galle, with just a lone England fan watching from a fort overlooking the ground.
Earlier, in the first innings, Root smashed a fourth double century of his Test career and led England to post 421 on the board in reply of Sri Lanka’s 135.
Following this win, England has managed to record four consecutive away Tests victories for the first time since 1957.
“To come in with the little preparation we’ve had and play in the manner we have is impressive,” said Joe Root, player of the match for his 228 in England’s first innings.
“The whole bowling group in general. To perform the way we did after lunch yesterday was brilliant. It’s a good start to the tour but we’ll keep looking to get better. There’s still more to come from the group and it’s important we have that attitude.”
The second and final Test between Sri Lanka and England will be played from Friday.