Sri Lanka on brink of a white-wash
A disappointing day once again for hosts Sri Lanka as they near to yet another Test defeat against England after losing 4 wickets with 50 odd runs on the board, chasing a target of 327 runs.
Though the England top-order failed to contribute in the second innings, the middle order did the trick for the visitors and increased the lead. Ben Stokes played an important knock of 42 runs with Jos Buttler, who reached to his half-century.
A helped England’s recovery back to strength after they had lost four wickets in the first hour of play today. quick-fire 89-run stand for the fifth wicket
Moeen Ali (22) and Adil Rashid (24) also contributed well along with the man in form Ben Foakes, who scored 36 runs and remained at the crease till the end as England bowled out for 230 runs.
Sri Lanka started the chase in the worst possible way as Moeen Ali removed both the openers early. Dhananjaya de Silva departed for a duck after England took a review which turned down the umpire’s decision.
When it looked like the hosts have already faced the worst for the day, they lost their man in form batsman Angelo Mathews right before the stumps and ended the day with 53 for 4, needing another 274 runs to win the Test match while England can smell a historical whitewash for the first time ever in Sri Lanka.
SL 53/4 (17 ov) | Mendis 15*, Sandakan 1* | Moeen 2/16
Stumps – Sri Lanka need 274 runs