Sri Lanka lost their last 9 wickets for 67 runs on day 2 of the 3rd and final Test against England, to give the visitors a 96-run lead going into their 2nd innings.

At 173/1 with just about 4 overs to go for Tea, Sri Lanka were sitting pretty on day 2 with Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya De Silva looking assured at the crease. The pair had put on 142 for the second wicket (the highest partnership of the series), with De Silva in particular at his elegant best. A soft dismissal saw him play the ball straight into the hands of Keaton Jennings at short-leg, after which Sri Lanka folded like a pack of cards.

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Jennings was one of the men who turned things around for England, snaffling up some incredible catches at bat-pad to send Danushka Gunathilake, Dhananjaya De Silva, Roshane Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne back to the pavilion.

Erratic Sandakan’s time to shine

It was the introduction of Ben Stokes that brought about a bit of panic in the Lankan batting as the big man bowled with pace and control at one end, as Adil Rashid looked to take wickets on the other.

Karunaratne went in similar fashion to De Silva straight after Tea, and when Angelo Mathews toe-ended a low catch to keeper Ben Foakes, Sri Lanka’s nerves began to show. None of the other batsmen were able to stick around long enough to take advantage of the conditions which were more than useful for batting, as Sri Lanka crumbled to 240 all out.

Bairstow returns with a century – Sri Lanka hit back late

Earlier in the day Lakshan Sandakan had completed his 2nd Test five-wicket haul to bring a halt to the English innings on 336.

Photos: Sri Lanka Vs. England | 3rd Test | Day 2

England only managed to add 24 to their overnight score of 312 but things were looking ominous for the hosts when Moeen Ali took captain Suranga Lakmal for two boundaries through the covers in the 2nd over of the day. Ali, the only recognized batsman England had in hand when play resumed on day 2, continued to attack and paid the price when he lofted one to the man at long-off, giving Sri Lanka the much-needed breakthrough through Dilruwan Perera.

Sandakan, who had been inconsistent and unlucky yesterday, struck immediately when he had Stuart Broad bowled in his 1st over of the day. Jack Leach tried to take on Dilruwan Perera and fell to an excellent catch by Angelo Mathews, who ran back from mid-off to take one over his shoulder.

Perera finished with figures of 3/113 while Sandakan registered career best figures of 5/95.


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