Jennings and Stokes put England in commanding position on Day 3 against Sri Lanka

Keaton Jennings 146* for England today
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Rangana Herath ends his last spell in Test cricket on 433 wickets
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Ben Stokes 62 for England today
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England piled on the runs today to take a commanding lead in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka.


England 342 (Sam Curran 48, Ben Foakes 107 ; Dilruwan Perera 5-75) and 322-6 (Keaton Jennings 146*, Ben Stokes 62; Rangana Herath 2-59)

Sri Lanka 203 (Angelo Mathews 52; Moeen Ali 4-66, Adil Rashid 2-30, Jack Leach 2-41) and 15-0

At the Close - Sri Lanka require 447 runs to win

Scorecard

Although the Sri Lankan spinners started on a decent note but by the time the day got over, the Lankans were well and truly out of the game.

Rory Burns has been extremely unfortunate on the tour till now. After getting run out in the first practice match, he was caught down the leg side in the first essay of this Test. In the second innings again, he was run out after getting a good start of 20 odd.

Although he failed to cash in, fellow opener Keaton Jennings compensated for the loss. Jennings finally showed why the selectors have persisted with him for such a long time. He scored an unbeaten 146-run knock to headline the innings.

England went through a familiar lean patch in the middle order. Both Moeen Ali and Joe Root were dismissed for three. The ploy of promoting Moeen to No 3 does not seem to be working for the side. However, it gives the skipper Joe Root the cushion to bat at his preferred position at number four.

First Ben Stokes, then Jos Buttler and finally Ben Foakes paired up with Jenning to take the lead beyond 450. Rangana Herath picked up two wickets in his last Test innings.

Sri Lanka survived a tricky period of seven overs without losing any wicket but it would to be very difficult for the hosts to save the match from here on. There would be a bit of swing on offer in the first half an hour and then it would be up to the English spinning trio to weave their magic. In all likelihood, the match will be over on day four.

 

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath

England- Keaton Jennings, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson

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