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Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd Test Day 2: At stumps, England lead by 99

Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd Test Day 2: Sri Lanka take on England in the third and final Test of the series already trailing 0-2.

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 25, 2018 3:24:32 am
Sri Lanka vs England Live Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd Test Day 2: Sri Lanka and England are playing the dead rubber in Colombo. (Source: AP)

Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd Test Day 2: Sri Lanka fell like a pack of cards yet again in the final Test against England on Saturday. From183/2 at tea, the Islanders were dismissed for 240. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid picked a five-for while Ben Stokes chipped in as well. Coming into bat for the second time, England openers survived the four overs when bad light stopped play. The Three Lions are in a commanding position with a lead of 99 runs.

Match EndedEngland tour of Sri Lanka, 2018 - 3rd Test

Sri Lanka

240 (65.5) u0026 284 (86.4)


336 (92.5) u0026 230 (69.5)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 3rd Test )
England beat Sri Lanka by 42 runs

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Sri Lanka vs England 3rd Test Day 2: Highlights

17:13 (IST)24 Nov 2018
Stumps on day 2

Bad light stops play on Day 2. England end the day at 4/0 and a handy lead of 99. Earlier, SL were bowled out for 240.  From 183/2 at Tea to 240 all out. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka bowled out for 240 ( Karunaratne 83, Dhananjaya de Silva 73, Rashid 5/49,Stokes 3/30) England 336 & 3/0 (4.0 Ovs, Jennings 1*, Burns 2*) lead by 99 runs.

16:44 (IST)24 Nov 2018
SL 240-all out

WHAT A DOWNFALL! Sri Lanka have gone from 183/2 at Tea to 240 all out. Adil Rashid gets a fifer. 57 runs, 8 wickets. England take 96 run lead. 

16:36 (IST)24 Nov 2018

RUN OUT! UH OH! Sandakan is run out for 2 and Sri Lanka go nine down. Length ball by Stokes and Sandakan defends it off the back foot. Fumble from Rashid at short cover and decide to steal a run. Rashid was quick to recover - sprints back and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. Sandakan is nowhere in the frame. Sri Lanka are 224/9

16:18 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Sri Lanka continue to implode after Tea. Dilruwan Perera is dismissed for a duck and Ben Stokes continues to breathe fire. Perera gives in to the short ball eventually. Stokes gets the ball to life around off, Perera hops and tries to fend it away, the ball brushes the glove and lobs towards Foakes, who moves forward, dives and takes another good catch. Third wicket for Stokes and Sri Lanka are 222/8

16:07 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Niroshan Dickwella is dismissed for 9 and Ben Stokes is rewarded for the perserverence. Bangs it short, slanting it down leg, Dickwella gets inside the line and glances it straight into the gloves of Foakes. The plan was put into place but not sure if it was a catch down leg. England well into command here

16:05 (IST)24 Nov 2018
Rain in the offing?

With 24 odd overs to be played in the day, the groundsmen are getting ready near the boundary rope. The wind has certainly picked up and dark clouds are making their way to the ground. Let's see if it passes like it did yesterday

15:39 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Make that three quick wickets for England! Roshen Silva is walking back after scoring 3 and Adil Rashid has his third. Fourth catch for Jennings. Rashid gets the ball to land in the perfect spot and gets it to break in, Silva moves up to defend but is deceived by the wrong one. Went with hard hands and pushed in front of the body to get an inside edge that goes quickly to the left of short leg. Jennings sticks out his left hand and snatches it. Sri Lanka are 205/5

15:36 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Angelo Mathews walks back after scoring just five and Ben Stokes has his first. Short ball from over the wicket, Mathews goes for the pull and is early into the shot. The ball hits the toe-end of the bat and lobs to the right of Foakes, who dives across to grab it inches from the ground. Two wickets in a quick period for England and they are back in this.

15:34 (IST)24 Nov 2018

In just the first over after the Tea break, England strike and they've got the well-set Karunaratne for 83. Adil Rashid gets the wicket, Jennings the fielder. Smart field placement to have Jennings at backward short leg instead of conventional short leg and Karunaratne has found him with an inside edge. Leg-break spinning in from outside off, Karunaratne moves forward to defend, ekes out an edge that balloons off the pad to Jennings. Sri Lanka's wait for first centurion in the series continues

14:53 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Time for TEA in Colombo. Sri Lanka go into the break at 183/2 to trail by 153 runs. Karunratne on 81, Kusal Mendis on 6

14:31 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Against the run of play, England get the much-needed wicket. Dhananjaya de Silva is dismissed for 73 runs from 129 balls. Caught by Jennings at short leg and Adil Rashid provides the breakthrough. It brings to an end a 142 run stand. Tossed up, Dhananjaya gets forward and nudges by closing the face of the bat. The ball goes straight to short leg and Jennings clasps it with both hands. Sri Lanka are 173/2

14:06 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Karunaratne dealing in boundaries now. Moeen Ali paying the brunt of it. On the first he comes down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and uses his wrists to whip it against the direction of the spin. Played it through mid-wicket for a four. Next one is played through extra cover for another four

13:50 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Now Dhanjaya de Silva gets his ffity. Has had  his share of luck getting here but credit to him for sticking to a method of batting. He's had a few starts in the series, but this is only his second fifty. Can he make it big?

13:16 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Third consecutive fifty for Karunaratne. Could not convert the two in Kandy but the home side will hope he turns a tide this time. Handshake with Dhananjaya at the other end and a bat wave to acknowledge the applause. 

13:10 (IST)24 Nov 2018
Luck going Sri Lanka's way

Dhananjaya would have been headed for the pavillion if the direct hit had made the stumps. Stokes runs in from gully, picks up the ball, turns and fires at the striker's end. Luckily for Dhanjaya, he misses. Two balls later, he goes for the slog sweep to Jack Leach and the ball turns with a bit of bounce to take the top-edge. Flies towards backward square leg but no one in that region even with Joe Denly sprinting in from mid-wicket

13:07 (IST)24 Nov 2018

DROPPED! ROOT AGAIN! BROAD THE BOWLER AGAIN! Dhananjaya de Silva the batsman this time. Second time the Broad-Root combination hasn't worked today. Good length delivery. Dhananjaya looks to punch it through the off-side and the outside edge carries it at a good height to Root at first slip. The skipper gets down and gets his both hands to it but the ball pops out and on to the ground. 

12:03 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Sri Lanka go into the Lunch break at 74/1 with Dhananjaya de Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne both on 28 runs. Sri Lanka trail by 262 runs

11:30 (IST)24 Nov 2018

Gunathilaka departs for 18 and Jennings takes another smart catch at short leg. Jack Leach strikes to remove Sri Lanka's first wicket.  Jennings spotted the batsman come down the track and moved to his right before holding his ground to pouch it with both hands after getting hit on the belly. Gunathilaka looked to slog but perishes. Plays it off the inside part of the bat. Sri Lanka are 32/1 

10:57 (IST)24 Nov 2018

DROPPED! Karunaratne survives. Nips away sharply from back of a length off Broad and Karunaratne pokes at it. The outside edge flies to first slip, hits Root on the wrist before he can react and runs away to the fence for a boundary. Salt to the wounds!

10:27 (IST)24 Nov 2018
WICKET! England 336 all out

Jack Leach is the last to fall and Dilruwan Perera gets the wicket. Mathews should get the credit there for a sublime catch. Leach comes down the track and is deceived by the dip. The loft is sliced over mid-off, Mathews runs back and takes it over his left shoulder while ensuring he holds on to the ball while tumbling down. England add only 24 runs to their overnight total and are bowled out for 336 runs

Sri Lanka XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal(c), Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara

England XI: Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes(w), Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad

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