Mendis heroics in-vain as England complete series whitewash

England tour of Sri Lanka 2018 | 3rd Test – Day 04


Kusal Mendis finally found some form as he kept Sri Lankan hopes of a win alive for a while on the fourth day of the 3rd Test along with Roshen Silva, but an unnecessary mix-up between the pair ended hopes of what could have been a remarkable run chase.

England lay the foundation for a whitewash

After a brilliant day in the field yesterday, England started..

The day began with Sri Lanka on the back foot at 53/4, but Lakshan Sandakan – the nightwatchman – provided stubborn resistance, lasting for 41 balls before he was finally undone by an unplayable delivery from Jack Leach which found his outside edge. He only made 7 runs but made sure Sri Lanka didn’t lose a wicket in the first half an hour and added 30 runs for the fifth wicket with the more fluent Mendis, who looked hardly troubled against the English spin trio.

After the dismissal of Sandakan, Mendis found an able partner in Roshen Silva who seemed to be at ease, milking the spinners as the Sri Lankan score inched towards respectability. Mendis continued to be positive against the spinners as he reached his 7th Test half century off just 55 balls with the Sri Lankan score going pass the 100-run mark.

Mendis looked to be in fine tune, bringing back memories of his brilliant century against Australia on a spinning track at home in 2016, as he added a half century stand for the sixth wicket with the rock solid Silva. England were almost running out of options as they turned to Ben Stokes to bounce the Sri Lankan batsmen out, but it wasn’t as effective this time around as the duo of Mendis and Silva batted Sri Lanka towards safety with lunch approaching.

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The partnership blossomed beautifully as they continued to dominate the English spinners slowly but surely in the post lunch session, but a couple of mix-ups which eventually ended in a risky second run, saw the end of Mendis for a superb 86. After Leach’s brilliant direct hit sent Mendis packing, Dickwella and Dilruwan soon fell to the spin of Leach and Ali.

Silva continued his lone battle before Ali got one to spin back in and clip his pad, umpire S Ravi turned down the decision, only to see Root reviewing it to find the ball cannoning into the stumps. Silva’s 161 ball 65 kept Sri Lanka in the hunt for large parts but the final nail in the coffin was when Ali trapped him in front with the total on 226.

Malinda Pushpakumara came out with positive intent as he decided to take on Jack Leach and the rest of the English spinners as he entertained a decent crowd at the SSC on the fourth evening. He struck the ball brilliantly while Lakmal slowly started to grow in confidence as well as the last wicket stand between the duo went past the 50-run mark.

Sri Lanka went into tea at 284/9 but Lakmal could last only four balls after the break as Leach captured his fourth wicket to bowl England to a memorable 3-0 series whitewash along with Moeen Ali who also picked up four wickets. The brave Pushpakumara remained unbeaten on 42* inclusive of 6 fours and a six as Sri Lanka went down by 42 runs.


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