In reply, Sri Lanka were all out for 336 shortly before the close of play with Silva's 85 being the highlight of their innings.
The timing of the end of Sri Lanka's innings left the hosts to face one threatening over. Recently, after Sam Curran hit six sixes in a Test against Sri Lanka before hitting his first boundary, European Central Bank posed a question where it asked if fans know of anyone who has hit six sixes before getting his first boundary.
"We thought we should restrict them to 200". But we know that if we bat well tomorrow then the pressure's on them.
Once the stand was broken, what followed next was half an hour of madness leading up to Lunch where England not only lost two key wickets - Burns and Ben Stokes - but also the two reviews with them in a futile attempt to get plumb lbw decisions overturned.
Although England will have hoped for better after winning the toss in scorching conditions at Pallekele Stadium, they will be mindful that they were 113 for five at the same stage in Galle and left with a handsome victory.
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Having gone to tea two shy of three figures, Root took centre stage again in the first over after the restart, reaching his second hundred in Asia with a thick edge for four down to third man in a rare over of seam bowling from Suranga Lakmal.
"If we can get England before 250 it will be a gettable target for us", he added.
"In the fourth innings, it will be even more crucial to be patient and put meaning on every ball". Stokes has spent most of his 47-Test career batting at No 5 or 6, and has only twice batted as high as No 4 - both times when England were chasing quick runs. With Nos. 9, 10 and 11, he put on partnerships worth 41, 56 and 28 respectively, placing Sri Lanka in a position of some strength when they had seemed likely to concede a significant first-innings lead.
Sri Lanka hit back to reduce England to 109-4 but Root, Buttler (34) and Foakes built an imposing target in Pallekele, despite the pitch perhaps not being as hard to bat on as first thought.
BOWLING: James Anderson 3-0-8-0, Sam Curran 2-0-5-0, Jack Leach 4-0-7-1, Moeen Ali 3-1-6-0.