Ireland 117 for 7 (Jayasuriya 5-42) trail Sri Lanka 591 for 6 dec (Samarawickrama 104*, Chandimal 102*) by 474 runs
The hosts’ dominance was more-or-less unceasing through the course of the day, leaving Ireland in a woeful situation at stumps – they are still 474 runs behind, with three first-innings wickets in hand. The pitch has begun to take significant – if not unplayable – turn too. To challenge Sri Lanka in Galle in April’s unrelenting heat was always going to be difficult for Ireland, who have never played a Test here, and are playing their first two-Test series ever. But they will likely need to battle hard on Tuesday to avoid a defeat inside three days.