Sri Lanka survive on day 3 in their long chase
Sri Lanka survived at the conclusion of day 3 in their long chase of 462 runs to win the first Test match in Galle International Stadium Galle.
England are currently playing the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka after dominating the hosts in color clothes. In the ongoing first Test, Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first.
Even though England had a batting collapse on the beginning day, they were able to make a come back into the Test match with the help of the maiden ton of debutant Ben Foakes. And the spinners did their job for England in Lankan first innings and awarded a first innings lead for England.
England started their second innings with a lead of 139 runs and remained on 38/0 at the end of day 2 with the openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns on the field. The openers carried the good rhythm on day 3 too with a half-century stance between them.
Rory Burns was unlucky as he threw his wicket for a run out after a good start with his partner. Following the wicket of Burns, Moeen Ali and Joe Root also departed too quickly. Then Ben Stokes accompanied with Jennings and increased the lead count for England.
Stokes was dismissed after scoring handful 62 runs. Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes also contributed decently with 35 and 37 respectively. On the other end, Keaton Jennings scored a magnificent century which was a much-needed one for him after his failures in his last outings for England.
In the end, England declared the innings when they were 322/6 and set a huge target of 462 for the hosts. In the Lankan bowling attack, Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath took two wickets each.
Sri Lanka were able to survive on day 3 in their big chase without losing any wickets. Sri Lanka were 15/0 at the stumps with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva in the field on 7 and 8 respectively. Still Sri Lanka need 447 runs to win the match while England need ten wickets with two days of play remaining.
England: 342-all out
Ben Foakes 107, Sam Curran 48
Dilruwan Perera 5/75, Suranga Lakmal 3/73
Sri Lanka: 203-all out
Angelo Mathews 52, Dinesh Chandimal 33
Moeen Ali 4/66, Adhil Rashid 2/30
England: 322/6 dec
Keaton Jennings 146*, Ben Stokes 62
Rangana Herath 2/59, Dilruwan Perera 2/94
Sri Lanka: 15/0
Dimuth Karunaratne 7*, Kaushal Silva 8*