England stun Sri Lanka before stumps
When it was looking like the game is drifting away from England, two wickets in the space of three overs including the well set batsman Angelo Mathews after tea has changed the day completely and England edge closer to victory after end of day four.
As the Test match is progressing by, it’s producing more thrilling actions and we are in for an exciting day in the last day of the Test match. After England added 22 to their overnight score, Sri Lanka were set a target of 301 runs to level the series.
Hosts Sri Lanka were in absolutely tatters at the beginning of the chase after losing 3 wickets for only 26 runs. Then came Angelo Mathews who rescued the sinking ship with opener Dimuth Karunaratne. Two 50+ partnerships with Karunaratne and Roshen Silva, the former Sri Lankan captain kept the Lions in the game with his 88 runs and they were stealing the game away from the visitors till tea.
But it all changed after the start of last session when they lost two wickets in the space of three overs, thanks to Moeen Ali who picked up the crucial wickets. Fast bowler Jake Leacher teared apart the Sri Lankan top order and picked up four wickets.
Now the visitors are in the driving seat to win the Test match and the series. However, it is expected there is still plenty of drama left in the game as Sri Lanka’s tail troubled the English bowlers in the first innings.
Niroshan Dickwella, who is unbeaten at 37 will fight it out with the support of tail-enders and try to score the remaining 75 runs while for England, they need only 3 more wickets to clinch the Test match.
SL 226/7 (65.2 ov) | Dickwella 27* | Leach 4/73, Moeen 2/65
Stumps – Sri Lanka need 75 runs