Jennings marathon knock set Sri Lanka 462 to win

Sri Lanka vs England - 1st Test


Day three of the 1st Test belonged to Keaton Jennings, a man who was not even sure of being on the plane to Sri Lanka after a dismal series against India at home. 

The stands at the Galle International Cricket Stadium were filled up soon with English supporters on the morning of day three, as it felt more and more like a home game for the Englishmen rather than a home send off Sri Lanka’s legendary spin bowler, Rangana Herath would have expected.

The English dominance was unfortunately not only in the stands, but also on the pitch as well. Debutant Rory Burns – though looking uncomfortable during his stay – made sure England got off to a good start as he added 60 runs for the 1st wicket with Keaton Jennings. The Sri Lankan bowlers looked really flat before a bit of inspiration in the field from Dimuth Karunaratne provided the opening breakthrough in the form of a run-out.

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Moeen Ali who has been used as a make shift no.3 made his intentions clear but failed to execute as he held out to mid-on looking for a big heave towards cow corner before the ever reliable Herath – playing in his last international match – produced some magic when he pushed one quicker getting it to kick-off from the surface to send Joe Root back.

Jennings who was unfortunate to miss out on a half century in the first innings, made sure he made use of his opportunity as he got to a half century with ease the second time around. The England lead continued to grow as Jennings seemed at home against spin with the use of plenty of sweeps and reverse sweeps. He got good company initially from Ben Stokes who hit his way to 62 inclusive of 4 fours and 3 sixes as the duo added 107 runs for the fourth wicket.

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Jennings was involved in another fruitful partnership of 77 runs with Buttler(35) for the 5th wicket while he got to the three figure mark in the process; his second century after his century on debut against India in India. A screamer at silly-point by Kaushal Silva ended Buttler’s innings but centurion from 1st innings Ben Foakes came out with his intentions clear lofting Akila Dananjaya for two sixes in the same over as the English lead went pass the 450 run mark.

He fell in search of quick runs for 37 off just 34 balls, as he tried to hit another six off Dananjaya who looked ineffective throughout the match. The declaration came soon after with Jennings unbeaten on 146* and England on 322/6, 461 runs ahead of Sri Lanka. Interestingly Jennings’ 280 ball marathon innings had only 9 fours in it which showed the temperament of the man who was also fighting for his place in the team.

Rangana Herath walked off the field as a bowler for one last time only with two wickets against his name while Dilruwan Perera ended with seven in the match.

The Sri Lankan opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva managed to survive till stumps, as Sri Lanka need a further 447 runs to win the match with two days remaining.


Full Scorecard


342/10 & 322/6

(93 overs)


Sri Lanka

203/10 & 250/10

(85.1 overs)

England ‘s 1st Innings

Rory Burns c N Dickwella b S Lakmal912
Keaton Jennings b D Perera4653
Moeen Ali b S Lakmal01
Joe Root b R Herath3546
Ben Stokes b D Perera719
Jos Butler c N Dickwella b D Perera3872
Ben Foakes c D De Silva b S Lakmal107202
Sam Curran c D Chandimal b A Dananjaya48104
Adil Rashid c D De Silva b D Perera3538
Jack Leach c D De Silva b D Perera1531
James Anderson not out04
2 (b 1, lb 1)
342/10 (97 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-10 (R Burns, 2.3 ov), 2-10 (M Ali, 2.4 ov), 3-72 (J Root, 16.1 ov), 4-98 (K Jennings, 21.1 ov), 5-103 (B Stokes, 23.3 ov), 6-164 (J Butler, 43.6 ov), 7-252 (S Curran, 77.2 ov), 8-306 (A Rashid, 87.4 ov), 9-330 (J Leach, 95.2 ov), 10-342 (B Foakes, 96.6 ov)
Suranga Lakmal185733 4.06
Dilruwan Perera316755 2.42
Akila Dananjaya202961 4.80
Rangana Herath254781 3.12
Dhananjaya de Silva30180 6.00

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne c B Foakes b J Anderson42
Kaushal Silva lbw by S Curran16
Dhananjaya de Silva b M Ali1447
Kusal Mendis c B Stokes b J Leach1932
Angelo Mathews c K Jennings b M Ali52122
Dinesh Chandimal st B Foakes b A Rashid3372
Niroshan Dickwella c J Butler b M Ali2839
Dilruwan Perera c J Butler b J Leach2149
Akila Dananjaya c B Foakes b M Ali03
Suranga Lakmal c J Anderson b A Rashid1520
Rangana Herath not out1416
2 (lb 2)
203/10 (68 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (D Karunarathne, 0.2 ov), 2-10 (K Silva, 3.3 ov), 3-34 (K Mendis, 13.2 ov), 4-40 (De Silva, 16.3 ov), 5-115 (D Chandimal, 43.2 ov), 6-136 (A Mathews, 49.3 ov), 7-171 (N Dickwella, 59.6 ov), 8-173 (A Dananjaya, 61.3 ov), 9-175 (D Perera, 62.6 ov), 10-203 (S Lakmal, 67.6 ov)
James Anderson100261 2.60
Sam Curran61161 2.67
Jack Leach182412 2.28
Moeen Ali214664 3.14
Adil Rashid91302 3.33
Ben Stokes40220 5.50

England ‘s 2nd Innings

Rory Burns (runout) D Karunarathne2365
Keaton Jennings not out146280
Moeen Ali c R Herath b D Perera311
Joe Root c N Dickwella b R Herath319
Ben Stokes b D Perera6293
Jos Butler c K Silva b R Herath3558
Ben Foakes c K Mendis b A Dananjaya3734
Sam Curran not out00
13 (b 4, lb 7, nb 2)
322/6 (93 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-60 (R Burns, 22.6 ov), 2-67 (M Ali, 26.3 ov), 3-74 (J Root, 31.3 ov), 4-181 (B Stokes, 60.5 ov), 5-258 (J Butler, 83.1 ov), 6-319 (B Foakes, 92.5 ov)
Dilruwan Perera303942 3.13
Suranga Lakmal92300 3.33
Rangana Herath231592 2.57
Akila Dananjaya18.52871 4.70
Dhananjaya de Silva12.12410 3.39

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne c & b M Ali2686
Kaushal Silva lbw by J Leach3059
Dhananjaya de Silva c J Root b B Stokes2144
Kusal Mendis c M Ali b J Leach4577
Angelo Mathews c J Butler b M Ali5392
Dinesh Chandimal b J Leach111
Niroshan Dickwella c B Stokes b M Ali1632
Dilruwan Perera c B Stokes b A Rashid3049
Akila Dananjaya c B Stokes b M Ali818
Suranga Lakmal not out1425
Rangana Herath (runout) B Stokes518
1 (b 1)
250/10 (85.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-51 (K Silva, 22.3 ov), 2-59 (D Karunarathne, 25.2 ov), 3-98 (De Silva, 37.2 ov), 4-144 (K Mendis, 50.5 ov), 5-154 (D Chandimal, 54.4 ov), 6-190 (N Dickwella, 66.1 ov), 7-197 (A Mathews, 68.4 ov), 8-229 (A Dananjaya, 76.6 ov), 9-239 (D Perera, 79.3 ov), 10-250 (R Herath, 85.1 ov)
Sam Curran51150 3.00
James Anderson122270 2.25
Moeen Ali202714 3.55
Adil Rashid18.10591 3.26
Jack Leach211603 2.86
Ben Stokes82161 2.00
Joe Root1010 1.00