England on verge of series whitewash against Sri Lanka
England have increased their grasp over Sri Lanka in this match, on the 3rd day, of the 3rd and final Test of the series. England had started the day on 3-0 in their 2nd Innings.
England are six wickets away from a whitewash!— ICC (@ICC) November 25, 2018
They've taken four wickets in 17 overs before stumps. Sri Lanka are 53/4, and need another 273 runs to win.#SLvENG LIVE ??https://t.co/SYrY2uGzAQ pic.twitter.com/M6vaQcCSW1
England were bowled out for 230 in their 2nd innings, giving them a lead of 326. Jos Buttler 64 and Ben Stokes 43 were the mainstays of the England innings and Dilruwan Perera 5-88 the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers.
In reply, Sri Lanka were 53-4 at the close. Moeen Ali picking up two wickets for England.
England should wrap up a win tomorrow to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka on this tour.
A day that ended on a high for England did not start out too well for them as opener Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings were both rapped on the pads by Dilruwan Perera quite early.
The star of the first innings Jonny Bairstow could not repeat his heroics in the second essay. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler then extended the lead by playing quick knocks with a few more contributions from Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes and Adil Rashid down the order.
England were successful in taking a healthy lead of around 330. If Lakshan Sandakan picked up a fifer in the first innings, Dilruwan Perera did just that in the second innings. He was assisted by three wickets from Malinda Pushpakumara and two from Sandakan.
A fine example of England's acute planning came when Angelo Mathews was out on the crease. Realising that Mathews is a compulsive hooker, Ben Stokes bowled an away going bouncer at pace and Mathews could not help but try to pull it. The result was that he was caught beautifully by Stuart Broad at mid wicket and Sri Lanka lost their most experienced batsman.
Moeen Ali dismissed both openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka relatively early. The last bit belonged to Ben Stokes, not for the wicket he took but for the intensity with which he bowled, with some deliveries clocking over 145 kmph.
It would just be just a formality on day four as England are all set to clean sweep the Test series 3-0 and write a new chapter in the history books of cricket.
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal(c), Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara
England - Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes(wk), Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
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