Jonny Bairstow scored his second century this series © Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow scored his second century this series © Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten century helped England finish at 279 for 6 against Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the third Test at Lord’s. England were reeling at 84 for 4 when Bairstow arrived at the crease. He was given a huge lifeline, when Shaminda Eranga dropped him at 11. He then along with skipper Alastair Cook formed a 80-run partnership which helped his side get right back on track. After Cook’s dismissal, Bairstow took the responsibility and kept his wicket intact. His partnership firstly with Moeen Ali and then with Chris Woakes were very important as England ended the day on a high note. For Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal scalped two wickets each. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 3rd Test match at Lord’s

The hosts had a brilliant final two sessions, despite the dismissals of Cook and Ali. England were reeling at 84 for 4 after James Vince was dismissed. But since then, they managed to score 195 runs for the loss of two wickets. All the credit for that goes to Bairstow, who showed great maturity on his way to his second century of the series. Till the time Cook was there, England’s wicketkeeper played aggressively, scoring almost run a ball. But the dismissal of skipper changed his game plan, as he defended most number of deliveries and targeted the loose one’s. He was duly supported in the end by Woakes, who ended the day unbeaten on 23. LIVE CRICKET BLOG: ENG vs SL 2016 Live Cricket Score, 3rd Test, Day 1

Earlier, the first session belonged to the visitors. England having won the toss got off to a good start, scoring 51 runs from first 14 overs. But since then, Sri Lanka took the charge by scalping three wickets in quick succession to leave the hosts stranded at 74 for 3 at lunch. Just after the break, they managed to remove Vince, but brilliance of Bairstow and Cook took the game away from them.

This Test was a dead rubber considering England had taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. They won the first Test by an innings and 88 runs, and followed it up with a nine wicket win in the second Test. It was a perfect revenge for the hosts, who lost the series 1-0 last time Sri Lanka toured them.

Brief Scores:

England 279 for 6 (Jonny Bairstow 107*, Alastair Cook 85; Rangana Herath 2 for 45) vs Sri Lanka

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