Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates on Sri Lanka‘s tour of England 2016. It is Day 5 of the third and final Test of the series and is being played at the iconic Lord’s cricket stadium. Here you will find all the live updates of fifth day’s play. England have already pocketed the series with two consecutive victories in the first two Tests but what should be praised is the character showed by the visitors who kept on doing better than their previous appearance throughout the series. Sri Lanka’s bowling has been commendable while they have done well in the last two innings. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD  England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 3rd Test at Lord’s

Match Drawn: That’s it! The game has been called off. Bairstow’s hundred, Cook’s entertaining 49-run knock, Herath’s patient 4-wicket haul… It was indeed an eventful Test match. The islanders end the 2nd innings at 78 for 1. England win series 2-0.

Player of the Match: Jonny Bairstow

England’s Player of the Series: Jonny Bairstow

Sri Lanka’s Player of the Series: Kaushal Silva

James Anderson traps Kaushal Silva with an absolute jaffa: Anderson nips back in and gets the better of the in-form Silva. England need 9 wickets to win. With loss of one session, Sri Lanka’s chances of winning the match seem remote.

Lunch taken: With no game on our hands due to wet outfield, the umpires have decided to take lunch before the scheduled time.

Rain, rain, go away: It’s been drizzling since morning. Not a good news for the Sri Lankan fans. They have been unbeaten at Lord’s for 25 years. On a track that has nothing on offer for the players, Sri Lanka have a good opportunity to go all guns blazing and chase the 362-run target. However, if they lose, they will be whitewashed.

One player who has been in a terrific form is England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow scored two centuries in the last four innings and his 167 pushed England’s score to 416 in the first innings of third Test. Another positive for the team is Alastair Cook coming back into runs as he scored 85 runs. Alex Hales remained the only performer with the bat for them in the second innings with his 94. The bowling attack led by James Anderson has also been successful.

Sri Lanka’s batting has remarkably improved from the way they started in the series. The entire batting order contributed in taking Sri Lanka’s score to 288 in reply to England’s 416. Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep remained the leading wicket-takers for the side with three wickets each while skipper Angelo Mathews also did well with the ball. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva provided solid start while Kusal Perera did well scoring 42 down the order.

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 (wk), Chaminda Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka, Kaushal Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne

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