Hello and Welcome to live coverage of Day 3 between Sri Lanka and Essex. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 254 in the first innings. Essex in their reply declared their innings at 412/4, leaving SL trailing them by 158 runs. And the Lankans face a daunting task on the final day to save their faces, having already lost 2 wickets for 42 in the 2nd innings. Angelo Mathews is heading this tour for SL while Ryan ten Doeschate is leading Essex. Following this match, Sri Lanka will also be playing with Leicestershire beginning from May 13. After a disastrous exit from T20 World Cup 2016 and Asia Cup T20 2016, they would want to bounce back with this tour. While the Tests matches begin from May 19 in Leeds. The teams then head to Chester-le-Street for the second Test, which begins on May 27, and the final Test of the series will be played in London at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 9.

MATCH DRAWN!

PLAY SUSPENDED TILL LUNCH DUE TO RAIN!

Sri Lanka 42/2, Overs 13, Dimuth Karunaratne 16(32): Sri Lanka have a tough task in hand to save this game. Batting first, the inexperienced Lankan side faltered at 254. Their bowling wasn’t impressive either, as Essex managed to reach 412/4 before declaring. And SL ran into troubled situation, losing the set Kusal Mendis in the final ball of day 2. They will start the final day at 42/2, with Karunaratne batting at 16. The start of Day 3 has been delayed due to rain.

This will be proceeded with two ODI matches that will be played against Ireland in Dublin between June 16 and June 18. There are 5 ODI matches that will be played against England starting from June 21 after the commencement of ODI matches with Ireland. The matches are scheduled to be played at Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Bristol, London and Cardiff. The entire tour will end on July 5 with a T20I match against England.

As for the squads, Malings remains away due to injury. Kaushal Silva who was struck by an injury has been included for this tour as well. Rangana Herath who recently announced his retirement, will be playing as well for this tour. While England look confident after their stint in T20 World Cup and Test series against South Africa that went successfully at beginning of the year.

Squads:

Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara, Daniel Lawrence, Jesse Ryder, Ryan ten Doeschate(c), James Foster(wk), Graham Napier, David Masters, Matt Dixon, Kishen Velani, Aron Nijjar, Jaik Mickleburgh, Ashar Zaidi, James Porter, Matthew Quinn

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