England declared their second innings on 233/7 setting Sri Lanka a target of 362. Sri Lanka reached 32/0 at stumps on Day 4.
2345 hrs IST: Sri Lanka end Day 4 on 32/0. They need 330 more to win on Day 5
2300 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have scored 2 runs in the first two overs of the game
2253 hrs IST: Sri Lanka openers out in middle
2241 hrs IST: England declare. Cook was on 49. Sri Lanka need 362
2240 hrs IST: Okay now! Cook has just smoked a six over mid-wicket
2237 hrs IST: WICKET! Ali has fallen to Eranga. Tries to hit it through off-side but no timing and caught at long-off
2224 hrs IST: Players back. Mathews to Ali. Crowds not really interested in this
2213 hrs IST: Sun is out again. Covers coming off
2207 hrs IST: This is bad. Rain. Covers. England 210/6
2153 hrs IST: We are back. Mathews to Ali
2149 hrs IST: Oh dear! Rain again! Back come the covers.
2145 hrs IST: Here come the players. Mathews to Ali
2120 hrs IST: Raining in Lord’s. Another delay and it would cost loss of overs. 29 remaining in the day
2110 hrs IST: Tea taken! England 206/6. Lead by 334
2100 hrs IST: WICKET! Hales is LBW! He reviews but still out. 94
2027 hrs IST: Pradeep bowl Hales but it’s a no ball ! It is very very very close! Tucker should have thought again
2015 hrs IST: Appeal but umpire denies it. Mathews waits but decides not to review. Cook survives as it would have been gone if reviewed
2000 hrs IST: Cook and Hales easily taking on the Sri Lanka bowlers
1933 hrs IST: Alastair Cook has replaced Finn. Good to see, skipper is out in the middle after his tests and he also gets off the mark
1932 hrs IST: WICKET! Steve Finn is gone. Eranga traps him in front of the stumps
1923 hrs IST: FIFTY! Alex Hales completes his fifty with a comfortable single
1915 hrs IST: So the play at Lord’s is under way
1800 hrs IST: Meanwhile Alastair Cook has fitness test as rain delays play on day 4
1700 hrs IST: It’s still raining there at Lord’s
1600 hrs IST: There has been no play till Lunch at Lord’s
1545 hrs IST: The match at Lord’s has been delayed due to rain. Stay tuned to get the latest updates
Nuwan Pradeep took three wickets and did some serious damage to a couple of England careers as Sri Lanka fought hard to avoid a series whitewash in the third Test at Lord’s.
Jonny Bairstow continued a brilliant year of run-scoring with a Test-best 167 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Friday. But the debate about whether Bairstow should continue to keep wicket for England intensified when he dropped a routine catch to reprieve Dimuth Karunaratne on the second day of the third Test.
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