Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates’ post of the Day 3 play, between England and Sri Lanka of 2nd Test at Chester-le-Street. On Day 2, Sri Lanka faced yet another batting collapse with as many as eight wickets falling under a span of 40 overs. They are currently 91 for 8 and are struggling to avoid another follow on. They are scoring at a run rate just over two runs per over. James Anderson drew first blood when he stunned Dimuth Karunaratne by knocking over his leg stump. They were 32 for 1 in 7 overs at Tea Break. After that Broad removed Kusal Silva, coming round the wicket and shaping the ball away from the left hander. After Tea Break, the visitors had another batting collapse losing 7 more wickets at the end of the Day 2, Stumps. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street

The only batsman who showed some signs of hope was Kusal Mendis who scored 35. Anderson took the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal putting more pressure on the batting side. Chris Woakes was introduced into the attack and he responded by picking up the wicket of Angelo Mathews in his first over. Mathews is having a bad run in the last few matches, having scored just  42 runs in last three Test matches with an average of 14, which are his career’s lowest figures. READ: Rangana Herath takes 300 Test wickets

Herath finally took his 300th  wicket after bowling 29 overs in the match. He removed Finn who was trying to slog the ball against the spin. At the other end Ali kept hitting boundaries and went on to score 150 in no time. Alastair Cook declared England’s innings at 498 for 9. Ali remained not out at 155, his career best innings. Day 3 Report

Day 3, Stumps!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 309/5 | 84 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 54(98), Milinda Siriwardana 35(57): Anderson and Broad took up the responsibility to bowl the last two overs of the Day with new ball. Chandimal and Siriwardana look settled and playing the new ball with ease. Sri Lanka fights back as they trail by 88 runs at the end of Day 3.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 304/5 | 82 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 53(96), Milinda Siriwardana 35(47): Joe Root has been introduced into the attack in attempt to bowl the overs quickly and get the new ball to take a few wickets. He is been hammered for two boundaries. Spin from both ends. Ali is bowling from other end and leaking runs. England bowlers and fielders are looking tired and giving Sri Lanka to score runs. The new ball has been taken and Anderson comes into bowl. He gave just one run off his over. Broad came in to bowl the next over and try to get a wicket before the end of Day 3. Siriwardana escapes a scare! inside edge off the bat and just missing the stumps. Chandimal completes his fifty. What a knock from him, under pressure following the footsteps of his skipper. A beautiful coverdrive off Broad, Sri Lanka fights to get back into the game.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 281/5 | 77 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 43(76), Milinda Siriwardana 24(37): England fielders and bowlers look tired towards the end of the day. Ali is looking harmless against these batsmen. They are hitting boundaries and knocking the ball around for singles. England are loosening their grip over the match. Sri Lanka should consider this as an opportunity to score runs at a brisk rate before new ball is taken.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 247/5 | 72 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 22(60), Milinda Siriwardana 12(22): Another partnership seems to be building for Sri Lanka. Somehow they have managed to stay at crease and not throw away their wicket. This partnership is building and it is frustrating for England bowlers. Broad, Woakes and Ali are trying hard to sneak a wicket but batsmen are managing to tackle the situation. Meanwhile another review goes in vain as Aleem Dar wins another battle against review system. This is his 8th in this Test Match.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 233/5 | 67 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 12(40), Milinda Siriwardana 10(10): Mathew’s wicket was the key here and England’s bowling spearhead, James Anderson accomplished that task. He gets the offside edge of the bat to the wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. He has to go back to the pavilion. Sri Lanka in trouble again. Their lower order is exposed now. A defeat by an innings is in store for the visitors. Siriwardana comes to bat. He is trying to survive like every other batsman of his side alongside Chandimal. It will be a tough task for these two to get rid of the tail. New ball will be due shortly and it will create problems for them.

OUT!!! Angelo Mathews c Bairstow b Anderson 80

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 217/4 | 62 overs| Angelo Mathews 76(96) Dinesh Chandimal 10(19): England are having a tough time breaking this partnership. Mathews is back in form and playing beautifully. As if the pitch has gone easier. Mathews had a chat with Sanath Jayasuriya and seems like it has worked for him. On the other hand Chandimal is surviving the short pitched balls and trying to play himself in. England need a partnership breaker now. Maybe they can opt for Joe Root now as England bowlers are getting tired.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 201/4 | 57 overs| Angelo Mathews 68(83) Dinesh Chandimal 2(12): Mathews becomes the highest scorer in an innings for Sri Lanka on this tour. He is playing his natural game, hitting an odd boundary and trying to take the innings further. Chandimal has come out to play despite injury. A lot depends on how this partnership goes to decide the fate of the match. Ali and Finn are trying to get another wicket and expose Sri Lanka’s lower order. Apart from the two teams, one man has been outstanding on the field and that person is Aleem Dar, umpire. He noticed the 3 fielders behind the square. His decisions have been spot on and all the reviews of the two teams against him have failed.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 182/4 | 52 overs| Angelo Mathews 52(64) Dinesh Chandimal 0(0): Skipper Mathews is taking on England bowling attack. He is hitting boundaries and trying to accelerate. He hits his fifty. He is back in form and it is a positive sign for Sri Lanka’s hopes. Finn continues and he takes the wicket of set batsman Silva. He bangs in short and gets the top edge of the bat. Unlucky for him as he was batting brilliantly out there. Finn gets his first wicket in the match and that too a vital one.

OUT!!! Kaushal Silva c Bairstow b Finn 60

TEA BREAK!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 162/3 | 47 overs| Kaushal Silva 57(130). Angelo Mathews 35(49): The batsmen look more confident now. Silva is still playing the ball to it’s merit. Mathews has played himself in and now playing his shots to put pressure on spinner Moeen Ali. He struck him for a six, straight over his head. He is not holding back and hitting him for sixes. James Vince is introduced into attack and Silva takes no chances against the part-timer. Next over, Mathew wacks Ali for another boundary. He is putting more and more pressure on the spinner now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 131/3 | 40 overs| Kaushal Silva 52(112). Angelo Mathews 10(25): Silva becomes the first batsman to score a half century for Sri Lanka in this innings. He reached his half century in 111 deliveries. He held onto one end and kept his wicket intact. Mathews is trying to settle in and end his bad run in Tests. Finn and Broad are sticking to their line and length but these two batsmen are fighting back to give themselves a chance in this Test Match.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 115/3 | 35 overs| Kaushal Silva 46(94). Angelo Mathews 2(13): Ali bowled a beauty to get rid of Thirimanne who scored two boundaries of his previous over. Thirimanne fails to perform again getting out on 13. Skipper Angelo Mathews takes guard. England have a strong hold over this match once again. Mathews is playing cautiously, trying not to lose his wicket. He had a long chat with former Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya. Finn is still wicket-less. Silva is on his way to score his half century. He is hitting boundaries. He is the only batsman so far to stay that long on the field. Amidst, England used two of their reviews which went in vain. Umpire Aleem Dar has a flawless record of umpiring in this match with 100 per cent decisions going his way, the actual decision.

OUT!!! Lahiru Thirimanne b Ali 13

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 100/2| 30 overs| Kaushal Silva 34(80). Lahiru Thirimanne 13(23): Silva is looking settled now, finding the gaps and hitting the ball well. He is the perfect example for Sri Lankan batsmen to how to play on this wicket. Moeen Ali comes into the attack. Thirimanne hits him for two fours. 100 up for Sri Lanka with a well timed shot from Silva off Anderson.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 81/2| 25 overs| Kaushal Silva 28(67). Lahiru Thirimanne 2(6): Mendis took an aggressive approach after Lunch. He took on Anderson and struck him for 3 boundaries in a no over. But his little cameo came to an end as Anderson found an edge of the last delivery. He picked his first wicket in second innings. It looks like it is just a matter of time before England wins this match by an innings or by chasing a nominal total. Lahiru Thirimanne comes to the crease. He should not be making the same mistake of slogging Anderson for a boundary. The flow of runs has stopped again in last few overs. DAY 3, LUNCH REPORT

OUT!!! Kusal Mendis c Bairstow b Anderson 26

LUNCH BREAK!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 58/1| 20 overs| Kaushal Silva 23(53) Kusal Mendis 8(12): Karunaratne departs as Woakes takes the first wicket of Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings. He played himself in and timing the shots with perfections before Woakes bowled a beauty of a delivery to enforce an edge towards second slip fielder Joe Root. Sri Lanka finally lose one wicket in the second innings. Finn has been impact-less and wicket-less in this test match. Mendis comes to the crease. Woakes is looking dangerous again with his swinging deliveries outside the off stump.

OUT!!! Dimuth Karunaratne c Root b Woakes 26

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 37/0| 15 overs| Dimuth Karunaratne 25(51) Kaushal Silva 11(39): The openers are playing way better than they did in the first innings. They are leaving the balls away from their body. First boundary of the innings from Karunaratne’s bat. A confident cover drive on Broad’s delivery. They are looking well settled now, nearing the Lunch break. Steven Finn is introduced into the attack. He is yet to take a wicket in this match. Another boundary from Karunaratne, this time an on drive. Woakes is not able to threaten the bowlers with his pace and swing now. Karunaratne looks settled and confortable.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 19/0| 10 overs| Dimuth Karunaratne 12(34) Kaushal Silva 6(26): Improved batting today from the Sri Lankan openers. Some good leaves today from them. they are not giving any chances outside off stump. England have been attacking in nature with slips and short mid wicket, not allowing the batsmen to get settled. Karunaratne and Silva are playing with patience. Chris Woakes is introduced into the attack and bowling a strict line and length with interesting field setup. They are playing mind games to put pressure on the batsmen and luring them to make a mistake and throw their wicket away like they did in the First Innings.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 10/0| 5 overs| Dimuth Karunaratne 8(20) Kaushal Silva 2(10): Sri Lanka face follow on for the second time in this series. The openers are playing with caution now trying to read the bounce on the pitch. They are trying not to lose too many wickets early on in the innings. They are leaving the deliveries outside the off stump, making sure the ball does not take the off side edge to the wicketkeeper or the slips. England bowlers are sticking to strict line and length giving them no room to play the shots. Sri Lanka’s First Innings Report

SRI LANKA FACE FOLLOW ON!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 101 all out | 43.3 overs| Nuwan Pradeep 2(6): Anderson continues! First ball, bouncer and Pradeep survives. Plays the next ball for a single towards fine leg region. Thirimanne on strike. Anderson bowls and wait what? it’s in the the air and gone! Sri Lanka bundled up for 101. Thirimanne tries to pull of a Moeen Ali trying to score runs wuicly but fails miserably. Anderson ends Sri Lanka’s innings with 3 for 36 

OUT!!! Lahiru Thirimanne c Compton b Anderson 19

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 100/9 | 43 overs| Lahiru Thirimanne 17(79) Nuwan Pradeep 1(4): Pradeep blocks the first ball and steals a cheeky single, Ali tries to hit the stumps but does not succeed. Thirimanne puches the next one off the back foot, picks up a couple of runs. He defends the next one. Plays one towards point region. The next delivery on the pads and straight to the fielder at short mid-wicket. And another dot ball to finish the over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 97/9 | 42 overs| Lahiru Thirimanne 17(74) Nuwan Pradeep 0(3): Anderson comes into the attack! Bowls the first one straight and full. Thirimanne plays it towards mid on, no run. Bowls the next one on the leg stump, Thirimanne leaves it alone and does the same for the next delivery outside off. The next one is pushed towards short cover. FOUR!! Over the bowler’s head for a boundary. First sign of aggression from Thirimanne.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 93/9 | 41 overs| Lahiru Thirimanne 13(68) Nuwan Pradeep 0(3): Stuart Broad started the day’s proceedings by bowling a good length delivery outside off stump which was left alone by Thirimanne. He picked up a single on the next ball. Lakmal comes on strikes. Broad bowls the next one and EDGE!! Broad strikes on his 3rd ball of the over. A follow on in waiting for Sri Lanka. Pradeep comes on strike and the ball beats the off side edge on the first delivery. He leaves the next one alone. He does the same for the next ball and lives to face another over.

 OUT!!! Suranga Lakmal c Bairstow b Broad 0

England: Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Vince, Johny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

Squads:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, James Vince

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Dasun Shanaka, Kaushal Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne

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