The 3rd and final Test between England and Sri Lanka kicked-off at the SSC grounds in Colombo earlier today.
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Joe Root once again won the toss, for an astonishing 8th consecutive time, and decided to bat first on a dry pitch. Taking full advantage of the conditions, the English top-order reasserted their dominance over the Sri Lankan bowlers as they ended day 01 with 312 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Both Sri Lanka and England made 2 changes apiece to their line-ups as Danushka Gunathilaka and Lakshan Sandakan replaced Kaushal Silva and Akila Dananjaya for the hosts while Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad were picked ahead of Sam Curran and James Anderson for England.
The English opening pair of Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings were separated early in the 8th over by Dilruwan Perera as Burns missed a straight one, which went on to kiss the top of off-stump. Malinda Pushpakumara then struck in his very first over, dismissing Jennings who flicked one straight to Roshen Silva at leg-slip.
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow came together and hit the inconsistent Sri Lankan spinners to all parts of the ground, taking England from 36 to 102 by lunch.
Not for the first time this series, Sri Lanka wasted both their reviews early on in England’s innings, trying to break the threatening stand and challenging the umpire quite blindly. Root also was given a chance when wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella missed a tough stumping opportunity off a delivery from Lakshan Sandakan which spun sharply.
Having taken the advantage by lunch England continued to compile runs quite effortlessly in the post-lunch session. Sri Lanka’s only success during the period was the dismissal of Joe Root for 46. Root trying to reach to his half-century with a glory shot, top-edged a Lakshan Sandakan delivery which ended safely in Danushka Gunathilaka’s hands at mid-wicket.
Ben Stokes coming in at his usual position, number 5, looked rusty in the beginning and was trapped in front trying to play Dilruwan Perera on the back-foot. Umpire Chris Gaffaney turned Sri Lanka’s appeal down only for replays to show that the ball was heading towards the stumps.
Stokes gets away with one…
Sri Lanka have used all of their reviews and so can’t do anything as Ben Stokes is given not out LBW on 0 😳
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) November 23, 2018
Taking maximum use of the given chance Ben Stokes went on to score his 16th Test half-century. Jonny Bairstow on the other end had no problems facing the Sri Lankan bowlers as he cruised to a comfortable 165-ball century. Having missed out on both the concluded tests due to an injury, he announced his comeback in style with a hundred.
Following the century stand between Bairstow and Root, Bairstow and Stokes almost repeated the feat only to be denied by a beauty produced by Sandakan after a long run of inconsistent bowling. Stokes was the victim as he edged it to Dhananjaya de Silva at slips for 57 runs.
Soon after Stokes’ dismissal Bairstow missed a Sandakan delivery completely, bringing to an end his wonderful knock of 110 runs. He was saved due to an error by umpire S. Ravi later after he missed a straight Sandakan delivery trying to sweep. Sri Lanka once again suffered due to the loss of reviews early in the day.
Lakshan Sandakan struck with Jos Buttler’s wicket as he held on to a sharp return catch. Shortly after Niroshan Dickwella put down a low catch of Moeen Ali who nicked a sharp delivery by Lakshan Sandakan.
Moeen Ali was given his second chance in the 3rd over after the 2nd new ball was taken as Dimuth Karunaratne dropped a sitter off a beautifully delivery by Dilruwan Perera. In the same over Ali challenged umpire S. Ravi’s decision against him successfully. S. Ravi once again had to overturn a given decision against Moeen Ali suggesting that the day dominated by Bairstow was also a day full of poor umpiring decisions.
Strengthening Sri Lanka’s late comeback in the day Malinda Pushpkumara dismissed England’s number 08, Ben Foakes.
Moeen Ali having survived through two catches and two reviews walked away unbeaten on 23 along with Adil Rashid on 13 at stumps. England ended the day on a high with 312 runs for 7 wickets in 88.1 overs.
Sri Lanka will be desperate to remove the remaining 3 wickets early on day 3 and put up a decent batting display to salvage pride.
336/10 & 230/10
240/10 & 284/10
England won by 42 runs
England ‘s 1st Innings
|Rory Burns||b D Perera||14||34|
|Keaton Jennings||c R Silva b M Pushpakumara||13||24|
|Jonny Bairstow||b L Sandakan||110||186|
|Joe Root||c D Gunathilaka b L Sandakan||46||79|
|Ben Stokes||c D De Silva b L Sandakan||57||88|
|Jos Butler||c & b L Sandakan||16||26|
|Moeen Ali||c A Mathews b D Perera||33||55|
|Ben Foakes||c N Dickwella b M Pushpakumara||13||26|
|Adil Rashid||not out||21||31|
|Stuart Broad||b L Sandakan||0||2|
|Jack Leach||c A Mathews b D Perera||2||7|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||5||0||16||0||3.20|
Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c K Jennings b J Leach||18||41|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c K Jennings b A Rashid||83||125|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c K Jennings b A Rashid||73||129|
|Kusal Mendis||c B Stokes b A Rashid||27||36|
|Angelo Mathews||c B Foakes b B Stokes||5||7|
|Roshen Silva||c K Jennings b A Rashid||3||9|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c B Foakes b B Stokes||5||16|
|Dilruwan Perera||c B Foakes b B Stokes||0||5|
|Suranga Lakmal||not out||3||9|
|Malinda Pushpakumara||lbw by A Rashid||13||14|
England ‘s 2nd Innings
|Rory Burns||lbw by D Perera||7||27|
|Keaton Jennings||lbw by D Perera||1||12|
|Jonny Bairstow||c K Silva b D Perera||15||31|
|Joe Root||c & b M Pushpakumara||7||9|
|Ben Stokes||c M Pushpakumara b D Perera||42||63|
|Jos Butler||st. N Dickwella b L Sandakan||64||79|
|Moeen Ali||c D De Silva b L Sandakan||22||53|
|Ben Foakes||not out||36||82|
|Adil Rashid||c N Dickwella b M Pushpakumara||24||48|
|Stuart Broad||c K Mendis b M Pushpakumara||1||5|
|Jack Leach||c N Dickwella b D Perera||0||13|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||9||1||24||0||2.67|
Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c B Stokes b M Ali||6||20|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||b M Ali||23||36|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||lbw by J Leach||0||7|
|Kusal Mendis||(runout) J Leach||86||129|
|Angelo Mathews||c S Broad b B Stokes||5||9|
|Lakshan Sandakan||c B Stokes b J Leach||7||41|
|Roshen Silva||lbw by M Ali||65||161|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c K Jennings b J Leach||19||19|
|Dilruwan Perera||c K Jennings b M Ali||5||22|
|Suranga Lakmal||lbw by J Leach||11||38|
|Malinda Pushpakumara||not out||42||40|