Bairstow returns with a century – Sri Lanka hit back late

England tour of Sri Lanka 2018 | 3rd Test – Day 01


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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.


Full Scorecard


336/10 & 230/10

(69.5 overs)


Sri Lanka

240/10 & 284/10

(86.4 overs)

England won by 42 runs

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