England lay the foundation for a whitewash

England tour of Sri Lanka 2018 | 3rd Test – Day 03


Another brilliant day for England with both bat and ball as they closed in on a historical series whitewash, needing just 6 wickets to get with 273 runs in the bag at stumps on Day 3 of 3rd and final Test at the SSC.

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From overstepping to defensive captaincy to questionable stroke play. It couldn’t get any worse for the hosts after they started the day on a high. When Dilruwan Perera took the wicket of Keaton Jennings with the very first ball of the day, the Sri Lankans would have thought they could turn the match around. It looked like that for a good hour or so when Dilruwan dismissed both Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow while Pushpakumara took the wicket of skipper Root.

England were all sorts at 39 for 4 when Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler got together. Buttler, who was most impressive in this innings showed how he could adapt to any conditions. He put the sweep shot to good use in the last match but this time he understood the bounce of the wicket and decided to use his feet to somehow negate the bounce and spin which was on offer.

Stokes was caught in the covers off Lakshan Sandakan off a no-ball. Matters went from bad to worse for the bowler when it happened all over again in the last over before lunch. Stokes edged one straight to first slip only to be called back to the crease thanks to another no ball by Sandakan.

Day 2 Report: England take control as Sri Lanka implode

The 2nd session also belonged to the visitors as they piled up 100 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets. Stokes was dismissed early in the session but, Butler went on to make 64 runs. Once again, the lower order did well for England, with Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Ben Foakes scoring valuable cameos which pushed the lead past 300 runs.

During this phase Sri Lankan’s let the game drift away by giving away easy singles which helped England slowly progress ahead. Ultimately, they were bowled out for 230 runs with Jack Leach becoming the 100th victim of Dilruwan Perera on home soil. He also became the quickest Sri Lanka to reach this feat (in his 20th test), surpassing Muralitharan who did in 21 tests.

The hosts came out to bat with little over 20 overs left in the day. Ideally, they would have loved to not lose any wickets going into the 4th day but they ended up losing 4 before stumps. Danushka Gunathilaka was the first to perish, pushing at a delivery outside the off stump and only managing to edge to Stokes off Ali. Dhanajaya failed to trouble the scorers when he missed a straight one in Jack Leach’s 1st over. Karunaratne, who has been the stronghold of the Sri Lankan batting right through the season, left a gap between bat and pad for Ali to sneak through. Last but not least the most experienced batsman in the side, Angelo Mathews fell for the short ball trap set by Stokes as he top edged a pull to the man at midwicket.


Full Scorecard


336/10 & 230/10

(69.5 overs)


Sri Lanka

240/10 & 284/10

(86.4 overs)

England ‘s 1st Innings

Rory Burns b D Perera1434
Keaton Jennings c R Silva b M Pushpakumara1324
Jonny Bairstow b L Sandakan110186
Joe Root c D Gunathilaka b L Sandakan4679
Ben Stokes c D De Silva b L Sandakan5788
Jos Butler c & b L Sandakan1626
Moeen Ali c A Mathews b D Perera3355
Ben Foakes c N Dickwella b M Pushpakumara1326
Adil Rashid not out2131
Stuart Broad b L Sandakan02
Jack Leach c A Mathews b D Perera27
11 (b 7, lb 3, nb 1)
336/10 (92.5 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-22 (R Burns, 7.5 ov), 2-36 (K Jennings, 10.5 ov), 3-136 (J Root, 38.1 ov), 4-235 (B Stokes, 64.5 ov), 5-254 (J Bairstow, 70.4 ov), 6-265 (J Butler, 74.4 ov), 7-294 (B Foakes, 83.1 ov), 8-328 (M Ali, 90.5 ov), 9-329 (S Broad, 91.2 ov), 10-336 (J Leach, 92.5 ov)
Suranga Lakmal112330 3.00
Dilruwan Perera32.511133 3.48
Malinda Pushpakumara203642 3.20
Lakshan Sandakan220955 4.32
Dhananjaya de Silva50160 3.20
Danushka Gunathilaka2050 2.50

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka c K Jennings b J Leach1841
Dimuth Karunarathne c K Jennings b A Rashid83125
Dhananjaya de Silva c K Jennings b A Rashid73129
Kusal Mendis c B Stokes b A Rashid2736
Angelo Mathews c B Foakes b B Stokes57
Roshen Silva c K Jennings b A Rashid39
Niroshan Dickwella c B Foakes b B Stokes516
Dilruwan Perera c B Foakes b B Stokes05
Suranga Lakmal not out39
Lakshan Sandakan (runout)24
Malinda Pushpakumara lbw by A Rashid1314
8 (lb 7, w 1)
240/10 (65.5 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-31 (D Gunathilaka, 11.4 ov), 2-173 (De Silva, 47.3 ov), 3-187 (D Karunarathne, 51.6 ov), 4-200 (A Mathews, 54.1 ov), 5-205 (R Silva, 55.6 ov), 6-222 (N Dickwella, 60.2 ov), 7-222 (K Mendis, 61.1 ov), 8-222 (D Perera, 62.1 ov), 9-224 (L Sandakan, 62.5 ov), 10-240 (M Pushpakumara, 65.5 ov)
Stuart Broad92360 4.00
Jack Leach182591 3.28
Moeen Ali132550 4.23
Adil Rashid13.52495 3.63
Joe Root2040 2.00
Ben Stokes101303 3.00

England ‘s 2nd Innings

Rory Burns lbw by D Perera727
Keaton Jennings lbw by D Perera112
Jonny Bairstow c K Silva b D Perera1531
Joe Root c & b M Pushpakumara79
Ben Stokes c M Pushpakumara b D Perera4263
Jos Butler st. N Dickwella b L Sandakan6479
Moeen Ali c D De Silva b L Sandakan2253
Ben Foakes not out3682
Adil Rashid c N Dickwella b M Pushpakumara2448
Stuart Broad c K Mendis b M Pushpakumara15
Jack Leach c N Dickwella b D Perera013
11 (b 3, lb 4, w 1, nb 3)
230/10 (69.5 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-3 (K Jennings, 4.1 ov), 2-20 (R Burns, 10.1 ov), 3-35 (J Bairstow, 12.3 ov), 4-39 (J Root, 13.6 ov), 5-128 (B Stokes, 31.5 ov), 6-168 (J Butler, 44.1 ov), 7-171 (M Ali, 46.2 ov), 8-215 (A Rashid, 60.6 ov), 9-217 (S Broad, 62.4 ov), 10-230 (J Leach, 69.5 ov)
Dilruwan Perera29.53885 2.98
Malinda Pushpakumara122283 2.33
Dhananjaya de Silva91240 2.67
Suranga Lakmal3170 2.33
Lakshan Sandakan161762 4.75

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka c B Stokes b M Ali620
Dimuth Karunarathne b M Ali2336
Dhananjaya de Silva lbw by J Leach07
Kusal Mendis (runout) J Leach86129
Angelo Mathews c S Broad b B Stokes59
Lakshan Sandakan c B Stokes b J Leach741
Roshen Silva lbw by M Ali65161
Niroshan Dickwella c K Jennings b J Leach1919
Dilruwan Perera c K Jennings b M Ali522
Suranga Lakmal lbw by J Leach1138
Malinda Pushpakumara not out4240
15 (b 8, w 5, nb 2)
284/10 (86.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-15 (D Gunathilaka, 5.5 ov), 2-24 (De Silva, 8.3 ov), 3-34 (D Karunarathne, 11.6 ov), 4-52 (A Mathews, 16.1 ov), 5-82 (L Sandakan, 26.6 ov), 6-184 (K Mendis, 57.4 ov), 7-214 (N Dickwella, 65.2 ov), 8-225 (D Perera, 72.3 ov), 9-226 (R Silva, 74.1 ov), 10-284 (S Lakmal, 86.4 ov)
Stuart Broad50140 2.80
Moeen Ali263924 3.54
Jack Leach28.44724 2.54
Ben Stokes81251 3.13
Adil Rashid191730 3.84