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1st Test, Galle, Jan 14 - Jan 18 2021, England tour of Sri Lanka
(61 ov)135 & 156/2
Day 3 - Session 3: Sri Lanka trail by 130 runs. CRR: 2.55
Current RR
2.55
Last 10 ov (RR)
21/1 (2.10)
CRR: 2.55
Test CAREER
BATSMENRB4s6sSRTHIS BOWLERLAST 10 OVS
Lahiru Thirimanne* (lhb)761896040.2120 (39b)13 (24b)
Lasith Embuldeniya (lhb)05000.000 (4b)0 (5b)
BOWLERSOMRWECON0s4s6sTHIS SPELL
Dom Bess (ob)1323002.3159201 - 0 - 1 - 0
Jack Leach (sla)2026713.3580515 - 2 - 9 - 1
MATRUNSHSAVE
371532155*23.57
856245.60
MATWKTSBBIAVE
11245/3034.63
11365/8330.81
Partnership: 1 run, 1.1 ov (RR: 0.85) Last BatKusal Mendis c †Buttler b Leach 15 (102m 65b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.08 FOW: 155/2 (59.5 ov)
Reviews Remaining: Sri Lanka - 3 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful), England - 2 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
Recent: 
1
W
Match centre Ground time: 18:45
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
end of over 611 run
SL: 156/2CRR: 2.55 
Lasith Embuldeniya0 (5)
Lahiru Thirimanne76 (189)
Dom Bess13-2-30-0
Jack Leach20-2-67-1

Glad to have had your company today. From Alan, Thilak and I, Shashank, it's goodbye. Don't forget to join us at 9.30am tomorrow for all the build-up leading up to the first ball. George Dobell's bulletin will be up soon, while we will have post-day pieces from Andrew Miller and Andrew Fernando. You don't wanna miss those.

Joe Root is chatting with the host broadcasters: "Felt great, to be in a position we are right now after having lost the toss is pleasing. We had a clear message to play each individual bowler, wanted to minimise risk as much as possible. I've changed a few things. Tried to get more rhythm into my batting, get triggers that I can do that gives me rhythm to things. Looks different to previously, but feels good. Trying to clear my mind.

"I've spent lot of time with myself, had so much time to look back, watch cricket around the world. Learning off my peers, it's important to do that. The way Kane has been batting has been unbelievable. We've also got some great coaches, trying to tap into their minds, Kallis, Collingwood, Graham Thorpe. 2020 was lean, I expect a lot from myself, nice to have started well, it won't mean half as much if we don't get a result out of this game. Means more when we win, hopefully we can get a few early wickets and hammer home this advantage."

5.20pm The light is poor and they're walking back to the pavillion. So that could be it for the day. What a sterling comeback from Sri Lanka. Backs to their walls, with a big, big deficit to wipe out, they come back in with the openers putting together a century stand. But they'd be gutted to have lost Kusal Mendis at the time he was dismissed, just a couple of overs before they eventually walked off for bad light.

All said and done, Sri Lanka's first goal would be to wipe out these 130 runs losing no more than a wicket or two, and then try to drive the game forward so that they have something to bowl at on a wearing final-day surface. So much cricket left to be played still, but make no mistake. There's little doubt that England are the happier side still.

Finn: "I don't understand how the umpires are allowed to deem it to dangerous to bat due to the current light. I don't think Joe Root or Dom Bess are life threatening bowlers and Embuldeniya seemed fine facing that last over." - They have a set reading, and once it goes below that, it doesn't matter who bowls. Unlike earlier, they can't ask the batsmen either.

60.6
Bess to L Embuldeniya, no run

edged but rolls to slip

60.5
Bess to L Embuldeniya, no run

fired full on the stumps, kept out

Five close-in fielders now

60.4
Bess to L Embuldeniya, no run

lunges forward to defend, gets an edge that rolls to gully

60.3
Bess to L Embuldeniya, no run

sharp turn from outside off, left alone

60.2
1
Bess to Thirimanne, 1 run

whips this to square leg, risky single. He just took off, Sam Curran just couldn't pick it up cleanly to release the ball. Embuldeniya would've been gone had he done so at the striker's end

60.1
Bess to Thirimanne, no run

mistimes a cut to point

end of over 60Wicket maiden
SL: 155/2CRR: 2.58 
Lasith Embuldeniya0 (1)
Lahiru Thirimanne75 (187)
Jack Leach20-2-67-1
Mark Wood7-1-20-0
59.6
Leach to L Embuldeniya, no run

full outside off, defended back

Nightwatchman in Lasith Embuldeniya comes out. Sri Lanka believe we may not be out thee for much longer.

59.5
W
Leach to Mendis, OUT

massive, massive wicket! Leach's persistence has paid off. Draws him forward by tossing it up, getting it to turn and bounce off the rough, Kusal gets a thin edge and Buttler follows the ball nicely to take an excellent catch. It was the previous delivery that caused some doubts in Kusal's mind so he had to play at this, or so he thought.

Kusal Mendis c †Buttler b Leach 15 (102m 65b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.08
59.4
Leach to Mendis, no run

brave leave, this one drifts him and bounces off the rough as it goes on, close to the stumps

59.3
Leach to Mendis, no run

goes right back into the crease, gets besides the line and bunts it into the off side

59.2
Leach to Mendis, no run

makes room and punches to cover, misfield but no run

59.1
Leach to Mendis, no run

stabs it away into the off side as he gets forward

The light meters are out. The umpires are having a discussion

end of over 59Maiden
SL: 155/1CRR: 2.62 
Lahiru Thirimanne75 (187)
Kusal Mendis15 (60)
Mark Wood7-1-20-0
Jack Leach19-1-67-0
58.6
Wood to Thirimanne, no run

right on top of the bounce as he defends back

58.5
Wood to Thirimanne, no run

pushed back down the pitch

58.4
Wood to Thirimanne, no run

ducks under this short ball angling down, swung a long way after it passed Thirimanne

58.3
Wood to Thirimanne, no run

nice and full outside off, pushed into the covers

58.2
Wood to Thirimanne, no run

right behind the line as he defends

58.1
Wood to Thirimanne, no run

squirted off a thick outside edge to backward point

end of over 581 run
SL: 155/1CRR: 2.67 
Kusal Mendis15 (60)
Lahiru Thirimanne75 (181)
Jack Leach19-1-67-0
Mark Wood6-0-20-0
57.6
Leach to Mendis, no run

punches to cover, good stop there by Bairstow

57.5
Leach to Mendis, no run

smothered nicely as he gets forward again

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Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of Sri LankaICC World Test Championship
Season2020/21
Match numberTEST No. 2403
Hours of play (local time)10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days14,15,16,17,18 January 2021 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Dan Lawrence
Dan Lawrence
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle