|First Test, Galle (day 3)|
|England 342 & 322-6 dec: Jennings 146*, Stokes 62, Foakes 37|
|Sri Lanka 203 & 15-Zero: Kushal eight|
|Sri Lanka want 447 runs to win|
Keaton Jennings ended his two-year look ahead to a Test century as England moved into a powerful place on day 3 of the first Test in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Jennings scored a super 146 now not out to permit England to claim overdue within the day on 322-6.
Sri Lanka closed on 15-Zero and should bat the overall two days for a draw or ranking a report 462 to win to disclaim England a first away win since in 13 Tests.
Jennings’s century used to be his first since his ton on debut in 2016.
He batted patiently early on as England misplaced wickets within the morning consultation, ahead of attacking after achieving 3 figures for the first time in 22 innings.
The vacationers had misplaced Rory Burns and Moeen Ali in deficient style ahead of lunch, with captain Joe Root additionally falling, however Jennings placed on 107 with Ben Stokes, 77 with Jos Buttler and 61 with Ben Foakes.
The overdue contributions ensured Sri Lanka should make the very best a hit run chase in Test historical past, at a floor the place the very best successful chase is simply 99.
If rain does now not wash out huge parts of the overall two days then England will most probably earn their first Test win in a foreign country since 2016.
Jennings returns to shape
Jennings has been probably the most criticised England batsmen in contemporary months as he struggled to copy the good fortune of his debut century in Mumbai in opposition to India in December 2016.
He used to be dropped from the staff in 2017, after one fifty in 5 fits, ahead of being recalled in June and averaging simply 19.20 in opposition to Pakistan and India this summer season.
That supposed his position used to be below danger for this sequence however England caught with the Lancashire participant following the retirement of fellow opener Alastair Cook.
On the spinning pitch in Galle he seemed way more at ease than he did in swinging and seaming prerequisites in England.
He batted sensibly, pushing the ball into open areas for almost all of his innings and consistently having a look to opposite sweep, one among his favoured photographs.
Sri Lanka selected to not overview an lbw choice simply after Jennings handed 50 which replays confirmed would were out had they completed so, however that used to be the one likelihood he gave within the innings, rather then a pointy stuck and bowled effort when attacking overdue on.
He used to be unbeaten on 98 at tea however afterwards safely reached 3 figures ahead of kicking on to higher the 112 he made in Mumbai in prerequisites which additionally favoured spin.
Lower order galvanize once more after extra early failure
England had began the day on 38-Zero with each Jennings and Burns on the crease however debutant Burns, who used to be out for 9 within the first innings, didn’t appear to settle.
He used to be frantic all over after which, on 23, he referred to as for a unmarried to mid-on and used to be run out a backyard brief by means of Dimuth Karunaratne’s direct hit.
England persevered with Moeen Ali batting at quantity 3 and his dismissal used to be similarly deficient, chipping his 11th ball to mid-on off Dilruwan Perera for 3.
Root used to be much less responsible for his dismissal, stuck at the back of off a excellent supply from Rangana Herath for 3, however that left England 111-Three at lunch, 250 forward.
Stokes inspired along Jennings after lunch alternatively, and the pair took the sport out of Sri Lanka’s succeed in.
At first Stokes used to be watchful however he then turned into increasingly more competitive in his 93-ball 62, which integrated 3 sixes and 4 fours, and he used to be simplest pushed aside when he gained a super supply from Perera which pitched outdoor leg and hit off stump.
Buttler batted in a identical vein, turning into extra competitive throughout his 35, and debutant Foakes as soon as once more made an affect.
In the first innings he batted lightly for his debut century however on day 3 confirmed his talent to assault when the location calls for, scoring 30 now not out from 28 balls with 3 sixes.
The efficiency did little to respond to the questions concerning the steadiness of England’s staff, the place they appear to have numerous center order batsmen however few scoring runs within the most sensible 3.
More to apply.