Sri Lanka vs England 3rd Test Day 3: Sri Lanka falter after Buttler’s 64 sets them 327 to win

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Jos Buttler scored his 12th Test fifty

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Sri Lanka lost four quick wickets after they were set 327 to win on the third day in Colombo, courtesy of England batsman Jos Buttler’s brilliant knock of 64.

Starting off the day on 3/0, England failed to add any runs to their overnight score before opener Keaton Jennings was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera for one run.

Rory Burns made seven before being dismissed in the exact same manner as Jennings.

Jonny Bairstow scored 15 before becoming Dilruwan’s third victim, while captain Joe Root was caught and bowled by Malinda Pushpakumara for seven.

With England struggling at 39/4, Buttler and Ben Stokes came to the rescue with an 89-run partnership before Stokes was caught by Pushpakumara at mid-on off the bowling of Dilruwan for 42.

Buttler and Moeen Ali added 40 runs to the score before Buttler was stumped by Niroshan Dickwella off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan for 64, which came off 79 balls and included three boundaries.

Sandakan struck again in his next over as he removed Moeen for 22.

Adil Rashid and Ben Foakes steadied things with a 44-run stand before Rashid was caught behind off the bowling of Pushpakumara for 24.

Stuart Broad fell shortly after before England were bowled out for 230, which set Sri Lanka 327 to win, when Jack Leach was caught behind off the bowling of Dilruwan for a duck.

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Dilruwan Perera finished with figures of 5-88 off 29.5 overs

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Foakes was left stranded on an 82-ball 36, which included a solitary boundary.

Dilruwan was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Pushpakumara snapped up three and Sandakan chipped in with two.

Chasing 327 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a disappointing start as opener Danushka Gunathilaka was caught by Stokes at first slip off the bowling of Moeen for six runs.

Dhananjaya de Silva failed to trouble the scorers as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Leach.

Dimuth Karunaratne mustered 23 runs before he was clean bowled by Moeen.

With Angelo Mathews being removed by Stokes after scoring five runs, Sri Lanka found themselves in trouble at 52/4.

Kusal Mendis and Sandakan ensured Sri Lanka didn’t lose anymore wickets as they forged an unbeaten one-run partnership before rain brought proceedings to an end for the day.

Moeen was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Stokes and Leach claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 53/4 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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