Angelo Mathews will hope his top-order provides some kind of platform for him to accelerate for an unlikely win © Getty Images (File Photo)
Angelo Mathews will hope his top-order provides some kind of platform for him to accelerate for an unlikely win © Getty Images (File Photo)

With 330 runs more to salvage some pride in the Test series, Sri Lanka have a tough task to make the final score line of the series 1-2. In Day 4 of the last Test match of the series, England started the proceedings, after a rain interruption, at 109 for 4. Alex Hales showed his class by scoring 94 runs whereas England skipper, Alastair Cook put on a valiant 49 and declared their innings with a lead of 361 runs to give their bowlers enough time to win the match. Sri Lanka saw the day through without losing any wickets and is currently 32 for no loss, but the cloudy conditions in Lord’s will test their batsmen to the fullest. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 3rd Test match at Lord’s

The Day 4 of the Test match has show a controversy too as Hales was clean bowled by Nuwan Pradeep but was later adjudged not-out as the bowler had over-stepped the line, though replies suggested he was within the mark. Hales got a reprieve but could not score a century. Nonetheless, England are in a safe position with 330 runs more to defend. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will like to play their normal game and if they have wickets in hand, will push for an uncertain win. LIVE BLOG: ENGLAND vs SRI LANKA, 3rd Test match at Lord’s

A win like this for the visitors will bolster their confidence and may comeback better in the limited-overs format to be played after this. On the other hand, the hosts will make things tough for them and would be eager to whitewash the Test series