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Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka bowl out England early on Day three © Getty Images


Sri Lanka managed to accumulate a handy lead of 106 runs at stumps on Day three after bowling out England for 365. The Lankans put on a spirited fightback after conceding a 112-run lead. The visitors where cruising with their key player Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene keeping England bowlers at bay, but Moeen Ali’s two wickets in three balls towards the end gave England some hope with a new ball due in seven overs on the fourth day. The Lankans are 214 for four with Jayawardene unbeaten on 55.


It was a day when the Lankans had to get all their cards right after being bundled out for 252 on the first day. They had already made early inroads late on the second day and their skipper Angelo Mathews lead from the front packing England out for 365 – 45 more than they were at stumps. Mathews picked all the two and Shaminda Eranga bagged the other two.