[caption id="attachment_769744" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Jos-Buttler1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-769744" alt="Jos Buttler" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Jos-Buttler1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Jos Buttler (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler dug England out of a dangerous hole after another top order collapse saw the tourists in trouble against Sri Lanka on Sunday as they sought a winning lead. <p></p> <p></p>Stokes and Buttler took England's second innings from 39/4 to 110/4 at lunch on the third day, building a strong 204-run lead despite some heart-stopping escapes that may cost Sri Lanka the match. <p></p> <p></p>Buttler was unbeaten on 38 and Stokes 32, having been the beneficiary of two basic blunders by Sri Lankan spinner Lakshan Sandakan. <p></p> <p></p>Left-arm spinner Sandakan had Stokes caught at cover on 22, then at slip on 32, only for replays to show he had overstepped the bowling line on each occasion. <p></p> <p></p>Stokes was on his way back to the dressing room when he was recalled both times. He shook his head in disbelief as he walked off for lunch. <p></p> <p></p>Buttler was given out lbw on 27 to part-time off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva, but the decision was overturned when the ball was projected to be travelling over the stumps upon review. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka started the day brilliantly with Dilruwan Perera taking Keaton Jennings lbw with the first ball of the day when England resumed on three for no wicket. <p></p> <p></p>Perera soon had Rory Burns lbw for seven and first-innings centurion Jonny Bairstow caught at short leg by substitute fielder Kaushal Silva. <p></p> <p></p>Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara took England captain Joe Root caught and bowled for seven leaving the tourists in trouble. <p></p> <p></p>Buttler made 38 off 39 balls, while Stokes went to lunch on 32 off 53. They struck three boundaries each, but went for sweeps and reverse-sweeps that brought valuable runs and left Sri Lanka facing a mountain when they bat.