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Sri Lanka vs England, Live Cricket Score, 1st Test Day 4 at Galle: Stiff Task for Hosts


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Sri Lanka vs England, Live Cricket Score, 1st Test Day 4 at Galle: Stiff Task for Hosts

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Day 3 review: Sri Lanka still need a massive 447 runs for an unlikely victory. Keaton Jennings scored an unbeaten 146 to power England to 322 for 6 declared in their second innings, setting a mammoth target. Sri Lanka ended the day on 15 for no loss.

Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

England are miles ahead in this Test match and that’s largely down to Keaton Jennings’ sublime 146 in the third innings. It enabled the away side to set a target of 462 for for the hosts, seriously slimming their chances of getting anything from this game. A fighter’s chance is always there, they still have 10 wickets in hand, mind. But Day 4 and Day 5 are always a nightmare for the batsmen here. Let’s see how things go today.

Have to salute Galle. Almost 12 hours of rain makes no difference to the cricketing action in this place. It rain heavily through the night and at any other place it would have seriously affected play, but not here. The covers are already off and the action is set to begin on time. Amazing.

… Day 4, Session 1 …

Nothing much to write about England’s bowling because they hardly got a bowl. They will look to come out fresh on Friday and try and finish off the game. Can Sri Lanka offer a fight? They have 180 overs to try and eke out a draw. If they can get some help from the heavens, nothing like it. The pitch still looks good to bat but Days 4 and 5 are nightmares for batsmen in Galle. The Lankans would like to at least draw this game for their beloved legend, Rangana Herath. Join us on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1000 local (0430 GMT) for all the action from Day 4. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

A day which has belonged to Keaton Jennings. Is this the time when his career takes a U-turn? He started well in his first innings only to fade, almost on the verge of being dropped. But this knock might just revive his Test career.

Safely negotiated then, the tricky period of 7 overs by Sri Lanka. In hindsight, one feels that Root could have declared half an hour earlier or probably tomorrow. 7 overs are way too less to get a breakthrough, though stranger things have happened in cricket. But for now, the Lankans enter Friday will all wickets intact.

6.6 J Leach to Karunaratne, Fuller length on his pads, the batsman sweeps it towards fine leg for a single. STUMPS ON DAY 3! 15/0

6.5 J Leach to Karunaratne, Flighted on middle, Karunaratne comes down the track and tucks it to mid on. 14/0

6.4 J Leach to Karunaratne, Full outside off, the batsman leaves it alone. 14/0

6.3 J Leach to Karunaratne, Quicker on middle, Karunaratne watchfully blocks it. 14/0

6.2 J Leach to K Silva, CLOSE BUT SAFE! Tossed it up on middle, the batsman prods forward and gets an inside edge of the bat but it falls just short of the short leg fielder, Keaton Jennings. 14/0

6.1 J Leach to Silva, Starts of with a quicker delivery on middle, Kaushal defends it on the back foot. 13/0

Jack Leach to bowl the final over of the day.

5.6 A Rashid to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, watchfully pushed back. 13/0

5.5 A Rashid to Silva, Outside off, punched towards cover for a single. 13/0

5.4 A Rashid to Silva, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 12/0

5.3 A Rashid to Silva, NOT OUT! Just for a moment, Silva’s heart would have been in his mouth. On middle, Kaushal plays it towards short leg and in that momentum, comes out of the crease. However, Keaton Jennings at short leg reacts swiftly to stop the ball and throw it back to the keeper, who equally does well to remove the bails. It is referred upstairs and replays show that KS plonked his bat in and is safe. Direct hit would have got him. 12/0

Superb piece of fielding! Is Silva run out? Referred upstairs…

5.2 A Rashid to Silva, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 12/0

5.1 A Rashid to Silva, Yes-yes, no-no, yes-yes, no-no! Wonder whether both openers talk the same language. ‘It is that time you want to bat from the non-striker’s end’, says Russel Arnold on air. Full and outside off, Silva pushes it towards point and takes a couple of steps. However, he does not see Karunaratne move and hence goes back. Now, Dimuth sees his partner halfway down the crease and starts to run as well, before going back. 12/0

4.6 M Ali to Karunaratne, Quicker outside off, the batsman leaves it alone. 12/0

4.5 M Ali to D Karunaratne, FOUR! First boundary of the innings. Half tracker from Ali. Karunaratne hangs back and cuts it through point for a boundary. 12/0

4.4 M Ali to Karunaratne, The batsman has driven it straight to the mid on fielder. 8/0

4.3 M Ali to Silva, Bowls a bit quicker, the batsman pushes it to off side for a run. 8/0

4.2 M Ali to Silva, Floats it up on off, the batsman defends it from within the crease. 7/0

4.1 M Ali to Silva, Tossed up on middle, Kaushal prods forward and defends it on front foot. 7/0

3.6 A Rashid to Karunaratne, A touch short outside off, punched towards point. 7/0

3.5 A Rashid to Karunaratne, On middle and off, defended back to the bowler. 7/0

3.4 A Rashid to Karunaratne, Full and around off, DK comes down the track and pushes it towards cover. 7/0

3.3 A Rashid to Karunaratne, Another piece of miscommunication! Sri Lanka do not need a run out at this stage. Outside off, Dimuth pushes it towards cover and this time Kaushal wants the single, only to be sent back. 7/0

3.2 A Rashid to Karunaratne, On middle and leg, helped towards mid-wicket. Should have been an easy single and Karunaratne sets off but Siva sends him back. 7/0

3.1 A Rashid to Silva, Outside off, punched wide of cover for a single. 7/0

Adil Rashid to bowl now. The light has faded very quickly. 4 overs left.

2.6 M Ali to Karunaratne, Quicker outside off, the batsman lets it be. 6/0

2.5 M Ali to Karunaratne, The batsman has defended it by presenting the full face of the bat. 6/0

2.4 M Ali to Silva, Bowls it a bit flatter on his pads, the batsman tucks it to the on side for a run. 6/0

2.3 M Ali to Silva, Tossed up on middle, Kaushal defends it on front foot and into the ground. 5/0

2.2 M Ali to Karunaratne, Loosner from Ali, this time the batsman punches it to the point region for a single. 5/0

2.1 M Ali to Karunaratne, Starts off with a juicy full toss, Karunaratne pushes it striaght to the cover fielder. 4/0

The light seems to be getting dim and the fourth umpire is out with the light meter. The umpires seem to be happy with the reading as of now but an indirect message seems to have gone to Joe Root. No more seamers then. Here comes Moeen Ali.

1.6 J Anderson to Karunaratne, Fuller on middle, flicked wide of mid on for a run. 4/0

1.5 J Anderson to Silva, Outside off, pushed towards cover for a single. 3/0

1.4 J Anderson to Silva, Similar ball, this time Silva pushes it towards cover watchfully. 2/0

1.3 J Anderson to Silva, That is a beauty. On a length outside off, KS looks to defend but the ball pitches and then deviates off the seam to completely square the batsman and beat the outside edge. 2/0

1.2 J Anderson to Silva, Full and outside off, Kaushal prods it through the covers and gets a couple. Moeen Ali gives it a chase from cover, gets to the ball but while picking it up to throw, his knee gets jarred in the ground and he is a bit uncomfortable. 2/0

1.1 J Anderson to Silva, Full and outside off, Silva gets across and then takes the bat out of the way. Very risky. Could have easily dragged it on. 0/0

James Anderson to bowl from the other end.

0.6 Sam Curran to Karunaratne, Similar delivery, the batsman leaves it alone. 0/0

0.5 Sam Curran to Karunaratne, Length delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go. 0/0

0.4 Sam Curran to Karunaratne, Fullish length coming back in, Karunaratne flicks it straight to the mid on fielder. 0/0

0.3 Sam Curran to Karunaratne, An outswinger from Sam, the batsman watchfully defends it. 0/0

0.2 Sam Curran to Karunaratne, The batsman prods forward and defends it on front foot and into the ground. 0/0

0.1 Sam Curran to Karunaratne, Starts off with full delivery on middle, Karunaratne tucks it to the leg side region. 0/0





First Published: November 9, 2018, 9:42 AM IST