Sri Lanka vs England 2018: 1st Test, Galle – Day 3 Review; It seems like the successful run in a longer version of the game continues for England side. They were pretty good at home and now, they are showing their charm in Sri Lanka as well. The scintillating knock by Keaton Jennings kept England in a firm position at Galle.
Keaton Jennings knocks it for England:
After knocking Sri Lanka down for a cheap score, Keaton Jennings played a marathon knock to put Englishmen on the driver seat. Starting the second innings with a lead of 139 runs, England began well with openers putting 60 runs on the board.
Rory Burns was unfortunate, as he was run out by his partner. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali continued his failure to score at number three while Joe Root also walked back for the cheap score. All of the sudden, the scorecard read 74/3.
However, then came the partnership from Keaton Jennings and Ben Stokes, which pushed Sri Lankans on the backfoot. The duo completed century partnership between them before Dilruwan Perera cleaned up Stokes.
Meanwhile, the opener Keaton Jennings carried his fine form to register his second Test century and remained unbeaten throughout the day. Jos Buttler once again failed to convert his good start.
The first innings hero Ben Foakes played a cameo knock of 37 runs to push England to massive score on the board. Herath, in his final spell for Sri Lanka, bagged two wickets while Perera also ended up with two wickets.
Sri Lanka openers started cautiously:
In reply to the massive target, both the openers, Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva survived to avoid any early hiccups for the home side. At the end of Day’s three play, Karunaratne was on unbeaten seven while Silva was batting on eight runs.
England – 342-all out; Sri Lanka – 203-all out
England – 322/6 (Jennings 146*, Ben Stokes 62, Herath 2/59)
Sri Lanka – 15/0 (Karunaratne 7*, Kaushal Silva 8*)
Here are Few tweets:
There it is!
Keaton Jennings reaches his century after a patient and controlled innings.
It's his first Test ton since his debut in December 2016 where he scored 112.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 8, 2018
Last 2 England Tests has proved Good lads prosper … Cooks farewell Ton … Ben Foakes Debut ton … & now a Keaton Jennings Ton … Tons all round for good guys … #SLvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 8, 2018
4⃣6⃣2⃣ is the target for Sri Lanka. England declare on 322/6, and Rangana Herath ends his Test career with 4⃣3⃣3⃣ wickets – takes the ball as a souvenir. 7 overs left in the day. #SLvENG
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 8, 2018
The most prolific left-arm bowler in Test cricket signs off!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 8, 2018
The end of an era! 😢
Rangana Herath leads off Sri Lanka after his final day in the field in Test match cricket. 👋
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) November 8, 2018
Rangana Herath ends his Test career with 4⃣3⃣3⃣ wickets! #ThankYouHerath
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) November 8, 2018
And they've just given Herath a guard of honour.
The world doesn't deserve a day like this.
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) November 7, 2018
Keaton Jennings' two-year wait for a Test century came to end as he helped to bat England into a formidable position on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 8, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 8, 2018