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    England [336 & 230] beat Sri Lanka [240 & 284] by 42 runs to win Test series 3-0

    Sri Lanka and England go head-to-head for the third and final time in their Test whites in Colombo, with England 2-0 up and in sight of a rare series away series sweep.

    Overview

    Sri Lanka v England
    3rd Test
    Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
    Friday 23 November; 10am local time, 4.30am GMT


    In all these years, England have played just 15 Tests in Sri Lanka, winning six times. Three of those have come in the last three fixtures, one in the last game of the 2012 tour, when the two-Test series was drawn 1-1. They have won both on the current tour, by 211 runs and 57 runs respectively.

    It’s been a fantastic result for England – 2-0 already assures them the second spot on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings irrespective of the outcome of the final game, and it also marks their first win in an away series in Asia since late 2012, when they beat India 2-1. In the last two years, in fact, they had won nothing – returning win-less from India, Australia and New Zealand.

    Keeping all of that in mind, the result in Sri Lanka is as incredible as it is unexpected, and England have done it with their spinners, beating the home team in their own game.

    Moeen Ali tops the wicket-takers’ chart at this stage with 14 strikes, the same as Dilruwan Perera, but at a superior strike rate. At No.3 is Jack Leach with 13 wickets, followed by Akila Dananjaya with 10 and Adil Rashid with seven.

    Ali and Leach, as well as Rashid, have also struck the more crucial blows, pulling off match-winning spells for their team, which the Sri Lankans haven’t managed to do.

    Making things worse for Sri Lanka, who bid farewell to Rangana Herath after the first Test, is the fact that Dananjaya won’t be a part of the final Test either, after he was reported for a suspect action. Nishan Peiris, the uncapped 21-year-old off-spinner, has been drafted in for Dananjaya.

    Turn to the batting, and the Englishmen are tops there too, with Ben Foakes up at No.1 with 228 runs, followed by Keaton Jennings with 219, and after Angelo Mathews’ 213, there’s Joe Root (176) and Jos Buttler (170) completing the top five.

    Put it all together, and it's pretty clear why England have won two Tests and Sri Lanka none – Dinesh Chandimal's continued absence hasn't helped the home side either.

    England are making two changes for the final Test – Stuart Broad replacing James Anderson, and Jonny Bairstow coming in for the injured Sam Curran. They won the second Test without any major contribution from Anderson or Curran with the ball, so the changes shouldn’t hurt them much.

    Key players

    Moeen Ali (England): Well as Ali has bowled, landing the ball exactly where he has wanted to, 23 runs from four innings is well below what the team expects from him. He’ll hope to add to his tally of wickets, sure, but will also want to take his series aggregate with the bat up to a respectable number.

    Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka): Someone in that Sri Lankan batting order has to take the responsibility to make a difference, and Mathews appears best-placed to do so. He has so far hit 52, 53, 20 and 88 – that’s good form. A biggie in Colombo can go some way towards giving Sri Lanka a consolation win.

    Conditions

    Rain is forecast for Colombo for the first couple of days of the Test, so the hope will be that it stays away for long enough to give us a game. If that happens, the batsmen will want to get in and have a go in the first two days, after which the spinners should hold sway.

    Squads

    Sri Lanka: Suranga Lakmal (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Nishan Peiris, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Roshen Silva, Kaushal Silva

    England (final XI): Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes (wk), Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad

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    England sure have had a lot of luck in recent times. Root winning his eight toss in a row. England favourites to whitewash SL now.


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    England 100/2

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    Bairstow is going well at #3 so far.

    This is the most robust looking England top order in ages.

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    England have been playing great cricket though one certain bowler has gone missing again away from home.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    England have been playing great cricket though one certain bowler has gone missing again away from home.
    That's a spot on analysis. From last few months I heard he got better with age. What happened then all of a sudden?

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    This is one of the best England batting lineup I have seen.

    Burns
    Jennings
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    Fookes(wkt)

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    Come on Johnny B.

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    SL wasted their reviews already.

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    Johnneeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

    Never seen such anger in a hundred celebration.

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    score @Robert..score yaar..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Johnneeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

    Never seen such anger in a hundred celebration.
    Rightly so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Rightly so.
    Why? He got an injury and had to make way for a better keeper who scored a century on debut.

    But if he needs to get angry to score runs at #3, then fair enough.

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    Meh hundred after the series is over and that too against a side against whom runs don't count. Johnny B Air needs to stop scoring only soft runs Ike this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Rightly so.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Meh hundred after the series is over and that too against a side against whom runs don't count. Johnny B Air needs to stop scoring only soft runs Ike this.
    Everyone expected England to lose.
    How can he score a century in a live rubber if he doesn’t play?

    He got hundreds in SA and AUS.

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    SRL is back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Everyone expected England to lose.
    How can he score a century in a live rubber if he doesn’t play?

    He got hundreds in SA and AUS.
    I don't see anything to justify the hype that's all. Otherwise he wouldn't be averaging below 40 with the bat in test cricket. Like I pointed out earlier, during England's home season, he was completely overshadowed by others in his own lineup.

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    Sri Lanka are getting back into the game. Dickwella dropped Ali when England were on 263/5, could have easily been 263/6.

    Unfortunately some lbw's which were out were given not out by the umpires at least 2 of them.
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    Does anyone know any of the english songs played at the ground when the score was between 250-275? Repeating songs were played at the end of every over.
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    Ali dropped! Sri Lanka are given England chances to settle themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    I don't see anything to justify the hype that's all. Otherwise he wouldn't be averaging below 40 with the bat in test cricket. Like I pointed out earlier, during England's home season, he was completely overshadowed by others in his own lineup.
    I have always said that he is handicapped by the gloves, and we need his run power up the order building platforms instead of reacting to 60-4 again and again. Maybe that will happen now.

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    Foakes gone! Edged to the keeper, good bowling from the left-armer, extra bounce and Sri Lanka back in the game.

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    Poor effort by England, should have closed on 350-4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I have always said that he is handicapped by the gloves, and we need his run power up the order building platforms instead of reacting to 60-4 again and again. Maybe that will happen now.
    Bairstow at 3 and Root at 4 can be tried and Foakes can become the permanent wicketkeeper for sure. So would you play a lineup of

    Burns
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    Foakes

    as the top 7? Going forward i think England will have too choose just the one allrounder(Curran may not be good enough just as a bowler) otherwise they will get exposed on difficult away tours like UAE, India, Australia


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    This England team is building quite a legacy. Fantastic batting line up. Btw when are they going to play wicket keepers XI?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Bairstow at 3 and Root at 4 can be tried and Foakes can become the permanent wicketkeeper for sure. So would you play a lineup of

    Burns
    Jennings
    Bairstow
    Root
    Buttler
    Curran/Stokes/Moeen
    Foakes

    as the top 7? Going forward i think England will have too choose just the one allrounder(Curran may not be good enough just as a bowler) otherwise they will get exposed on difficult away tours like UAE, India, Australia
    About that, yes. Foakes at #7. I think Moeen is too loose to be a top six batter, and Curran is a natural #8 at present. But they can float up and down like Imran's side used to do depending on the situation.

    I would always play Curran as he brings something different to the bowling, and he will get a yard quicker.

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    Pathetic, stroppy interview by Bairstow at the end of the day, giving the metaphorical two fingers to his detractors. Also repeated his deluded claim to be England's number one wicketkeeper again, and hinted that he didn't really want to bat at 3. If this was Pietersen, I'd expect the press to have gone to town over this interview, but seeing as it's brave old Jonny, nary a peep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Pathetic, stroppy interview by Bairstow at the end of the day, giving the metaphorical two fingers to his detractors. Also repeated his deluded claim to be England's number one wicketkeeper again, and hinted that he didn't really want to bat at 3. If this was Pietersen, I'd expect the press to have gone to town over this interview, but seeing as it's brave old Jonny, nary a peep.
    Agreed, absoloutely pathetic for someone to show the desire to regain the job they've trained for their entire life and state they'll continue to work towards it. He should show the correct mentality for international sports by just giving up as soon as things don't go his way rather than showing a motivated and driven approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Agreed, absoloutely pathetic for someone to show the desire to regain the job they've trained for their entire life and state they'll continue to work towards it. He should show the correct mentality for international sports by just giving up as soon as things don't go his way rather than showing a motivated and driven approach.
    You know that's not what I meant, I'm referring to the two-faced approach by some fans and the media in ignoring how he has been self-centred in his public proclamations since he was asked to give up the gloves last summer. He has overlooked the team interest in continually stating that he'd rather be keeping wicket than be a specialist batsman. In fact, the team gave in to his strop by handing him the gloves at the Oval, even though Buttler had done nothing wrong behind the stumps at Southampton.

    I know you'll disagree, but I see it as entitled behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    You know that's not what I meant, I'm referring to the two-faced approach by some fans and the media in ignoring how he has been self-centred in his public proclamations since he was asked to give up the gloves last summer. He has overlooked the team interest in continually stating that he'd rather be keeping wicket than be a specialist batsman. In fact, the team gave in to his strop by handing him the gloves at the Oval, even though Buttler had done nothing wrong behind the stumps at Southampton.

    I know you'll disagree, but I see it as entitled behaviour.
    So Buttler had done nothining wrong with the gloves in Southampton so deserved to play as the keeper rather than a specialist batsman? What had Bairstow done wrong with the gloves to justify losing them other than fracturing a finger?

    I don't see how stating your goals in public (and generally when only asked about them specifically) and claiming you're going to carry on working towards them shows you up as self centred, if anything it shows your motivated and not willing to give us easily, something Bairstow's shown regularly throughout his career. When he first started keeping for England he was pretty average with the gloves but worked ridiculously hard on it to get up to an extremely good level. He may not quite be at Foakes's level but he rarely makes a mistake at home and I can't recall him being outkept by the opposition keeper(s) on any tour, even in tough conditions like India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    So Buttler had done nothining wrong with the gloves in Southampton so deserved to play as the keeper rather than a specialist batsman? What had Bairstow done wrong with the gloves to justify losing them other than fracturing a finger?

    I don't see stating your goals in public and claiming you're going to carry on working towards them shows you up as self centred, if anything it shows your motivated and not willing to give us easily, something Bairstow's shown regularly throughout his career. When he first started keeping for England he was pretty average with the gloves but worked ridiculously hard on it to get up to an extremely good level. He may not quite be at Foakes's level but he rarely makes a mistake at home and I can't recall him being outkept by the opposition keeper(s) on any tour, even in tough conditions like India.
    He can keep working hard at his keeping as any good professional. But it's been clear as day since the debacle in Australia last winter that England need more from Bairstow the batsman than waste him because of his desire to keep wicket when there are clearly better alternatives available.

    There was a stat doing the rounds today which stated that Bairstow has never scored a test century in an innings after he has kept wicket, i.e. all 6 of his test centuries have come in the first innings of a test match. He averages 55 in the first innings of a match and 29 in all other innings combined, so keeping is definitely having an effect on his output.

    I believe Bairstow should put team interest above the self and focus on pushing that test average above 45. In any event, I can't imagine it would be good for the morale of Foakes and previously Buttler if one of their teamates is publically expressing a wish for them to fail so that he can regain the gloves.

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    Good innings.

    Sadly Bairstow’s curt remarks at the close of play again illustrate that he is a generally rude and unlikeable character.

    I know plenty of locals up here who have met the guy and not many of them have had a good word to say about him. He can frequently be found in the English summer evenings stinking up various Headingley bars and is an arrogant loutish drunkard apparently.

    Yes it is extremely unfortunate that his father had a depressive illness and took his own life, but commentators and ex-pros tend to use that headline to lead into a gushing soliloquy about what a nice bloke our Jonny is, when his reputation amongst his peers is actually quite different to that.

    But it’s performance on the field that goes in the history books and he certainly delivered on that front today.

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    I just read his statement which he put after the close of days play and that clears one point: -

    The reason why England weren't getting Buttler and Foakes in XI earlier is because Bairstow wanted to continue as wkt-keeper which means England had to play the former two as specialist batsmen and England team management were unsure if they would have made the cut as specialists.

    Now that Buttler and Foakes have proved their worth in their role, I think it is very selfish of Bairstow that he is still unwilling to give up the gloves. He should understand England need a batsmen from Bairstow and not a wicket-keeper batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I just read his statement which he put after the close of days play and that clears one point: -

    The reason why England weren't getting Buttler and Foakes in XI earlier is because Bairstow wanted to continue as wkt-keeper which means England had to play the former two as specialist batsmen and England team management were unsure if they would have made the cut as specialists.

    Now that Buttler and Foakes have proved their worth in their role, I think it is very selfish of Bairstow that he is still unwilling to give up the gloves. He should understand England need a batsmen from Bairstow and not a wicket-keeper batsmen.
    England should just play him as a specialist batsmen. Even though he may not like it he will get on with it. He was a specialist batsmen to begin with so don't understand his obsession with keeping.

    Only thing I can think of is that he wants his keeping as a safety net, if he is doing well as a keeper and struggling with the bat England might not drop him. Comes across as a bit selfish to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    England should just play him as a specialist batsmen. Even though he may not like it he will get on with it. He was a specialist batsmen to begin with so don't understand his obsession with keeping.

    Only thing I can think of is that he wants his keeping as a safety net, if he is doing well as a keeper and struggling with the bat England might not drop him. Comes across as a bit selfish to be honest.
    I think this has got to do something with his father doing that role for years for England. Not too sure exactly. Someone else can help on it.

    Either way, there is no explanation to his reluctance of giving up gloves. If England has to become a no. 1 team(and with that, I mean maintaining that slot rather than just getting there for a couple of months), they need to have two really top quality batsmen at 3 & 4, who will be followed by another good batsmen Buttler, a genuine all-rounder Stokes and a good wicket-keeper in Foakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I think this has got to do something with his father doing that role for years for England. Not too sure exactly. Someone else can help on it.

    Either way, there is no explanation to his reluctance of giving up gloves. If England has to become a no. 1 team(and with that, I mean maintaining that slot rather than just getting there for a couple of months), they need to have two really top quality batsmen at 3 & 4, who will be followed by another good batsmen Buttler, a genuine all-rounder Stokes and a good wicket-keeper in Foakes.
    The team needs him as a specialist batsmen so he should just play as a specalist batsmen.

    I think he will do well at 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I think this has got to do something with his father doing that role for years for England. Not too sure exactly. Someone else can help on it.

    Either way, there is no explanation to his reluctance of giving up gloves. If England has to become a no. 1 team(and with that, I mean maintaining that slot rather than just getting
    David Bairstow played four tests and 21 ODIs. He had the misfortune to be around at the same time as Knott and Taylor, else he might have got more England games. I remember watching him, just.
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    Bairstow's reluctancy to give up the gloves is due to being heavily criticized when he first took over. He silenced them in a few years by improving exponentially behind the wicket to the point where there was hardly any talk about his wicket-keeping.

    I can understand why it would be difficult to let go of something you dedicated hundreds of hours into. But this is the best for Bairstow and his team. He's already proven this point to the critics.

    Now he has a chance to show all the dummies what a beast this guy is when he channels his mind on a specific task. He will leave behind all the soft teddy bears in the dust.


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    Not sure Bairstow is a #3 batsman. One innings proves nothing. Let's see if he can have a sustained period of success at that position. If not, then he should bat at #6 in place of Buttler.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Not sure Bairstow is a #3 batsman. One innings proves nothing. Let's see if he can have a sustained period of success at that position. If not, then he should bat at #6 in place of Buttler.
    He will do better at 3 than Moen Ali that's for certain.

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    Unlucky for SRL that they lost all 3 Tosses on such wickets. They played really well in 2nd Test, but lost to ENG's bottom half, Karuna's run-out was was a telling factor. I think, even in this Test also, ENG probably will win or get away with a draw, but Lankan's batting well and scoring quickly - a 100+ and they can win this one.

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    England have been poor today - losing three quick wickets and then the spinners have bowled badly.

    Standard Englishmen - win the series then take their feet off the gas.

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    Certainly England’s worst day of the series up to now, they need to roar back in the evening otherwise the match could slip away.

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    Stokes making things happen again.... 200-4.

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    222-8 now, LOL.

    4 for Rashid and 3 for Stokes.

    An England-esque batting collapse!

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    Wow, England. On the way to whitewash SL in their backyard 3-0.

    Either way, would like to see more of England, their home performance and their performance in India and Australia.
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    Beautiful spell by Rashid today, exemplary leg-spin bowling. It's one of the most compelling sights in cricket to see a leg-spinner run through a batting order.

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    England, 3/0, in a strong position at Stumps on Day 2; They lead Sri Lanka by 99 runs after the hosts were bowled out for 240


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    Blimey, the Stokes & Rash show!

    So much for feet off the gas - England are heading for one of their greatest away series ever.

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    If England can whitewash SL, it might be the most significant achievement for any test team this decade.

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    Got 3 days now to wrap up the whitewash. Looking forward to it!

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    Sri Lanka lost nine wickets for 67 runs in the space of 18.2 overs as England seized control of the third Test in Colombo.

    The hosts appeared to be cruising towards a first-innings lead when Dimuth Karunaratne (83) and Dhananjaya de Silva (73) put on 142 for the second wicket, each profiting from a missed chance by Joe Root at slip. However, when Dhananjaya fell to the leg-spin of Adil Rashid (5/49) – Keaton Jennings taking a sharp chance at short leg, his second of four catches in a virtuoso display of close fielding – Sri Lanka collapsed in a heap, falling from 173/1 to 240 all out.

    Jennings had already taken a blinder off Jack Leach to remove Danushka Gunathilaka (18), showing brilliant anticipation and reflexes to make the early breakthrough, and four overs after Dhananjaya's dismissal he combined with Rashid once again, this time pouching a simpler chance to send Karunaratne on his way.

    Sri Lanka have been too reliant on Karunaratne in recent times and the opener's dismissal signalled a rush of wickets that turned the game on its head.

    Dimuth Karunaratne scored 83 before Sri Lanka collapsed Dimuth Karunaratne scored 83 before Sri Lanka collapsed
    While Rashid wheeled away at one end, returning career-best figures, Ben Stokes (3/30) sent down a barrage of short-pitched bowling at the other. On a sluggish surface the Sri Lankan batsmen got their tactics all wrong, flailing at deliveries they would have been better leaving alone.

    Stokes took the key wicket of Angelo Mathews in such fashion, the batsman toe-ending an attempted pull shot and Ben Foakes diving forward to take an excellent catch.

    Mathews was swiftly followed back to the pavilion by Roshen Silva who fell into the Rashid-Jennings trap, pushing a googly into the leg-side to give the England opener his fourth catch of the innings. It was another superb take from Jennings who equalled the record for the most catches in an innings by an England outfielder.

    Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis were then dismissed in consecutive overs, the former strangled down the leg-side off a short delivery from Stokes, who then took a simple catch at slip to remove the latter for 27 and give Rashid his fourth wicket.

    Stokes then snared Dilruwan Perera to claim his third victim, the batsman yet again falling into the trap of playing at a short ball and edging through to Foakes, before a comical run out brought about the demise of Lakshan Sandakan. The tail-ender wasn't even in shot as Rashid threw down the stumps, summing up a dismal period of play for Sri Lanka.

    Malinda Pushpakumara was the last to fall, trapped lbw by Rashid who completed his five-wicket haul and secured England a first-innings lead of 96.

    Adil Rashid took his second five-wicket haul in Tests Adil Rashid took his second five-wicket haul in Tests
    Rory Burns and Jennings extended that to 99 before bad light brought an early halt to proceedings on day two.

    Earlier in the day England had taken their first-innings score from 312/7 to 336 all out, with Sandakan 5/95 taking his second five-wicket haul in Tests. At that stage the game appeared to be in the balance but Sri Lanka's batting collapse has left them facing an uphill battle to salvage a consolation victory and deny England a 3-0 whitewash.

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    This is just plain sad.

    does SL's fate put an end to money in cricket equals success?

    I mean they get boat loads of money for a small country of 21 miliion and they are about to be swept by ingerland at home!

    Any explanation from SL fans on PP? what has led to this tor?

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    England 88/4 (23.1 Ovs) CRR: 3.8
    Day 3: 1st Session - England lead by 184 runs


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    After a top order collapse, Buttler is playing a really important hand.

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    2 no-ball overturned wickets in the same innings.... as a spinner as well. Guy should be sacked just for that.

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    260 lead, five wickets in hand.

    Come on Joss, come on Moeen.

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    Lead past 300, Foakes and Rashid still there.

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    England should win this. What a performance by them.

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    Visitors will win this but i still feel replacing a bowler with a batsmen was a pathetically defensive move by England after being 2-0 in a 3 Test series .

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    Frankly this should be a massive win now.

    Brilliant from England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Frankly this should be a massive win now.

    Brilliant from England.
    32/2 . You expect a over 150 run win here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    32/2 . You expect a over 150 run win here ?
    In these conditions and with Sri Lanka’s confidence and motivation likely to both be in the toilet, yes.

    BTW the umpiring in this match has been a disgrace. A handful of successful team reviews already today and bound to be more since the first day.

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    34-3.

    This could end in a rout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    Visitors will win this but i still feel replacing a bowler with a batsmen was a pathetically defensive move by England after being 2-0 in a 3 Test series .
    You've got to put runs on the board and England still went in with five front-line bowlers. If five can't do the job, six won't. But five are doing the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    You've got to put runs on the board and England still went in with five front-line bowlers. If five can't do the job, six won't. But five are doing the job.
    so England played the wrong team in the previous 2 Tests ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    so England played the wrong team in the previous 2 Tests ?
    Bairstow was injured and IIRC there were no other batters so they had to pick from within the squad. The third test team looks a lot more balanced to me. In WI they will drop a spinner and a quicker bowler will come in. I would go with Anderson who has done well in WI in the past.

    SL close on 53-4. Stokes has done it again. He has been so clutch this series. Runs, wickets and catches when England need them most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Bairstow was injured and IIRC there were no other batters so they had to pick from within the squad. The third test team looks a lot more balanced to me. In WI they will drop a spinner and a quicker bowler will come in. I would go with Anderson who has done well in WI in the past.

    SL close on 53-4. Stokes has done it again. He has been so clutch this series. Runs, wickets and catches when England need them most.
    Bairstow was fit for 2nd Test .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    Bairstow was fit for 2nd Test .
    They should have picked him, then. I get the impression that they are gradually finding the right time by luck rather than judgement.

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    England have now started hitting the upward curve. The inclusion of Buttler, Curran, Leach and Foakes as wkt-keeper has really helped England turned the tide.

    I expect Root, Bairstow and Buttler to average over 45(one of them almost 50) by the time they reach 31-32 age. All three have huge potential. Then you have Stokes who is a genuine world class all-rounder and if Foakes can average 38-40 with gloves on, that will further help.

    Curran, Moeen, Woakes, Leach they all can come in depending on conditions.

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    Disappointing from Sri Lanka, number of times they have allowed Eng to comeback from very difficult situations has been disappointing to watch.

    Large part of the blame should go to the new Lankan coach Hathrusingha who seems to have torally destroyed the team morale. By attacking Angelo Mathews publicly, he did almost the same thing Greg Chappel was doing to our team as a coach. Players seem to have regressed under him - Kushal Memdis and Dickwella being two main names. He has complete control over team selections and seems to wield a lot of power. Imperative that his performance gets scrutinised.

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    Sri Lanka have moved on to 64/4 in 21 overs as England chase a rare whitewash in Asia. England need 6 wickets to win the Test and Sri Lanka 263 more runs.

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    Will end like every fourth innings ends these days. A couple of batsmen will flourish, give their fans some hope and then one of them will get dismissed. The rest of the team will get finished in 10-15 minutes after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Pathetic, stroppy interview by Bairstow at the end of the day, giving the metaphorical two fingers to his detractors. Also repeated his deluded claim to be England's number one wicketkeeper again, and hinted that he didn't really want to bat at 3. If this was Pietersen, I'd expect the press to have gone to town over this interview, but seeing as it's brave old Jonny, nary a peep.
    I didn’t see the interview, but Foakes is clearly the best keeper and Bairstow should accept that he is lucky to be representing his country, knuckle down and play where it suits the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BreadPakoda View Post
    Will end like every fourth innings ends these days. A couple of batsmen will flourish, give their fans some hope and then one of them will get dismissed. The rest of the team will get finished in 10-15 minutes after that.
    Yep, this is also my prediction.

    On one hand and when there is an active partnership, 160 runs left to get does not sound like a lot, but once England sneak a wicket then it will look like a mountain again.

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    Sri Lanka in a grim struggle to avoid a 3-0 drubbing in the Test series vs England as they reach Lunch on Day 4 on 164/5 * (48 ov, tgt 327), needing another 163 runs to win the 3rd Test;


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    Moeen & Rashid were rubbish in 1st session . Cannot be called frontline test bowlers by any stretch of imagination .

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    One wicket or sixty runs to win.

    Pushpakumara going down guns blazing....

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    Ooh, this is getting tight! Famous victory for SL?


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