Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Day 3: Sri Lanka set 462 to win after Jennings’ career-best 146*

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Keaton Jennings celebrates after bringing up his second Test century

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Sri Lanka were set a target of 462 to win on the third day in Galle after England opener Keaton Jennings stole the spotlight with a career-best knock of 146 not out.

Starting off the day on 38/0, England added 22 runs to their overnight score before debutant Rory Burns was run out by Dimith Karunaratne for 23.

Moeen Ali only scored three runs before he was caught by Rangana Herath at mid-on off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera.

England captain Joe Root also made three runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Herath, who will be retiring from international cricket after this match.

With England having lost three wickets in quick time, Jennings and Ben Stokes came to the rescue with a 107-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

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Ben Stokes scored his 15th Test fifty

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Stokes ended up scoring a 93-ball 62, which included four boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Dilruwan.

Jennings and Jos Buttler kept the runs flowing with a 77-run stand before Buttler was dismissed by Herath for 35.

Jennings and debutant Ben Foakes added 61 runs to the score before Foakes was sent packing by Akila Dananjaya for 37.

Just one ball later, England decided to declare on 322/6, which set Sri Lanka a target of 462 to win.

Jennings remained unbeaten on 146, which came off 280 balls and included nine boundaries.

Herath and Dilruwan picked up two wickets apiece, while Dananjaya chipped in with one.

Chasing 462 to win, Sri Lanka openers Kaushal Silva and Karunaratne amassed an unbeaten 15-run partnership before stumps was called.

Silva finished on eight, while Karunaratne remained undefeated on seven off 24 balls, which included a solitary boundary.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 15/0 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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