Online Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Sri Lanka v England 3rd Test Day 3
Sri Lankan batsmen worked very hard in the first two sessions only to squander all they gained in the final one.
England could not add too many to their tally and got bowled out for 336. The first to fall on the morning was Moeen Ali who was dismissed when the score read 328. Lakshan Sandakan then castled Stuart Broad to complete his fifer. Jack Leach too fell within 10 deliveries.
After Gunathilaka was dismissed early, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva showed exemplary character and and gave an example of how one needs to bat in Test cricket. They put up a stand of 142 for the 2nd wicket.
But as soon as this partnership was broken, no other batsman spent time on the crease and wickets kept falling one after the other in the final session. Spurred by some energy in the field and top-class bowling performances from Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid, Sri Lanka were skittled out for 240, conceding a 96-run first innings lead.
Adil Rashid, who had only picked up seven wickets in the series till now, also came to the party. Luck seemed to be in Rashid's favour even on day two when he survived two dropped catches and two lbw reviews. He continued his good run and knocked down five Sri Lankan batsmen in quick succession.
England had to bat for just four overs before bad light stopped play. It was more about survival for England than scoring as the run rate should a miniscule 0.75. England are effectively 99 for no loss and are in the driver's seat.
Let's have a look at the playing XIs of both teams.
Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan Malinda Pushpakumara
England- Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Rory Burns (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lakshan Sandakan (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)
Most Fours – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Jonny Bairstow (England)
Team Scores Batting at the end of Day 3 – England 230+ all out, Sri Lanka 30+ for one,
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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