England resume with 99-run lead over Sri Lanka

23 Nov 2018International Test Match Series – Day 3 of 5Sri LankaSri LankaFirst innings 240 all outLIVEEnglandEnglandFirst innings 336 all outSecond innings 47 – for 4 wickets (17.0 overs)England lead Sri Lanka by 143 runs with 6 wickets remainingLiveThird Test, day three, Colombo: Scorecard Related Video and AudioComing upPlay audio The Cricket Social: Sri Lanka v England – third Test, day three from BBC SportThe Cricket Social: Sri Lanka v England – third Test, day threeRTLGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryEngland slip to 39-4Three wickets for DilruwanJennings 1 – falls to first ball of dayBurns 7, Bairstow 15, Root 7England lead 2-0 in three-Test seriesWatch The Cricket Social – 07:00 GMTLive ReportingBy Matthew HenryAll times stated are UKGet involvedSend a text to 81111 (charged at your standard message rate)Twitter: Use the hashtag #bbccricketFacebook: BBC SportPosted at 5:385:38Post updateDilruwan to Stokes now. Stokes hasn’t looked comfortable against him this series.How’s stat?!16 oversStokes looks like he’s trying to get forward in defence to the Sri Lankan spinners. Once he does get one shorter he rocks back and looks more able to score by flicking off his hip. Buttler’s scoring option looks to be a little dab sweep down to fine leg. It works for a single here.Again there were no terrifying spinning deliveries in that over.Posted at 5:345:34Post updateAdam MountfordRadio 5 live in ColomboDespite a Sunday morning collapse there’s plenty of
England support at the SSC.BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportPosted at 5:335:33Post updateWatching that Joe Root dismissal again has got me thinking.Is there any way you could make a cricket bat so that leading edges don’t go back to the bowler? Can we design them so that either they don’t carry or they deflect off in a different direction?15 oversButtler uses his feet and just tries to nudge the ball but can’t get off strike. A ball later he does open his account with two into the off-side. This isn’t turning square. It might be the variation in the turn that is causing England’s problems. They haven’t batted great though. They’ve let Sri Lanka right back into this game at drinks.Posted at 5:285:28Thomas Payne: Sri Lanka with a monumental collapse. England: hold my beer…14.3 oversEng 39-4Stokes and Jos Buttler are now at the crease. Can these two grind out scores to get England to a total they can be confident of defending?Posted at 5:275:27Post updateJonathan AgnewBBC cricket correspondent in ColomboWhat an extraordinary start to the day. Joe Root becomes the second player this morning to pay the price for hitting across the line to the spinner.14 oversWICKETRoot c&b Pushpakumara 7 (Eng 39-4)Who is panicking now? Joe Root is the next to go. I was just about to write that he was exuding calmness but he tries to turn one into the leg side off left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and gets a leading edge back to the bowler. Pushpakumara has to dive to his left and takes a good low catch.England have lost four wickets inside an hour.Posted at 5:245:24’Short leg is like a hockey goalkeeper’Jonathan AgnewBBC cricket correspondent in ColomboThat was a nice, smart catch by the sub – the ball went quickly and was
well grabbed, snuggling into his chest after good anticipation.We’ve seen some amazing catches in this series. These short
leg fielders are not flinching – they’re almost like hockey goalkeepers putting
their bodies in the line of fire. The ball bounced, which is where this pitch is different from
Galle and Kandy. England will be encouraged by the way the ball is spinning
with Sri Lanka batting last.It will be interesting to see England’s approach with the bat
for the rest of the day.Posted at 5:225:22Adam Davies: This pitch is going to be doing all sorts by the end of the day (it is already!)

Don’t agree with Aggers. Get your runs while you can!Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images13 oversEng 36-3Dilruwan has 20 wickets in this series now, more than any other play. His side could still lose 3-0. He’s a very good bowler. The off-spinner has all three wickets this morning. That Bairstow dismissal was important because Root and Bairstow were just putting the pressure back on Sri Lanka.Posted at 5:205:20Post updateOut comes Ben Stokes. This is going to be tough for the left-hander against Dilruwan who is getting some to turn sharply but others to skid on.12.2 oversWICKETBairstow c sub (Silva) b Dilruwan 15 (Eng 35-3)Another brilliant short-leg catch! Jonny Bairstow falls in a way that had looked possible right from the start of this day. He flicks one off the back foot and short leg Kaushal Silva clings on to the catch. It’s a top catch, up there with the ones we saw from Keaton Jennings yesterday.It’s firmly hit by Bairstow off the face of the bat but straight at the short leg’s chest. Kaushal catches it with a mixture of his hands and arm pit.England are faltering.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 5:165:16Dan Gawthorpe: Is the lower middle order strong enough that we can keep Jennings as a specialist short leg? He can average 20 if he can keep taking stunners…Stoney: Keaton Jennings, the only player in the history of the game that has justified his selection based on his ability to field at short leg.12 oversEng 33-2Bairstow 14, Root 5Shot. Jonny Bairstow plays a much more conventional stroke off left-armer Malinda Pushpakumara and it gives him four. I think the arrival of Joe Root at the crease sparks something in Bairstow. All of a sudden England are busy. They’re turning ones into two, or at least trying to. Eight runs come from Pushpakumara’s first over.Posted at 5:105:10Should Jennings keep his place?Jonathan AgnewBBC cricket correspondent in ColomboJennings was out prodding forward to a ball that didn’t spin. Anyone can miss their first ball of the day.Overall, I think he’s done enough to stay in the side for the West Indies with an average of 46 in the series and some excellent work at short leg.But longer term I don’t think the selectors will be any more confident that Jennings and Burns will be their openers for the Ashes than they were at the start of this tour.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images11 oversEngland have lost two early wickets. Jonny Bairstow still reverse sweeps a leg-stump half-volley behind square on the off side for one. The modern way. Joe Root is off the mark too.Posted at 5:075:07Post updateJoe Root jogs out to the middle. England still need plenty more runs yet.England 2nd InningsBatsmanHow OutBowlerRunsMinsBalls4s6sSRTotal(17.0 overs)47-for4wicketsBurnslbwb D Perera747270025.93Jenningslbwb D Perera11512008.33Bairstowc subb D Perera1546311048.39Rootc & b Pushpakumara72190077.78Stokesnot out622160037.50Buttlernot out51480062.50Extras1nb 1w 3b 1lb 6
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