Eng­land scent vic­tory af­ter Jen­nings cen­tury

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GALLE, Sri Lanka, (Reuters) - Opener Keaton Jen­nings ended his two-year wait for a sec­ond test cen­tury with a ca­reer-best 146 not out as Eng­land inched to­wards a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory in the open­ing test against Sri Lanka yes­ter­day.

Hav­ing taken a handy 139-run first-in­nings lead, Eng­land de­clared their sec­ond in­nings on 322 for six to set Sri Lanka an im­prob­a­ble 462-run vic­tory tar­get.

The hosts ended day three on 15 for no loss, 447 be­hind and star­ing at a crush­ing de­feat in­side four days in spin­ner Ran­gana Herath’s farewell test.

Open­ers Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (eight) sur­vived seven overs but Sri Lanka will need a near mir­a­cle to save the test.

Ear­lier, the tourists re­sumed on 38-0 and their open­ers con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion un­til they suf­fered a mini-col­lapse.

Debu­tant Rory Burns’s (23) fool­hardy pur­suit of a non-ex­is­tent sin­gle cul­mi­nated in his runout and Moeen Ali could not jus­tify his pro­mo­tion to num­ber three for the sec­ond time in the match, fol­low­ing up his firstin­nings golden duck with three.

Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root (three) also had a deja vu mo­ment when Herath dis­missed him for the sec­ond time in the match.

Jen­nings, how­ever, looked con­fi­dent against the spin­ners, of­ten play­ing the sweep shot — both tra­di­tional and re­verse — to negate them.

Ben Stokes, Jen­nings’ part­ner in their 107-run fourth-wicket part­ner­ship, shrugged off his early ten­ta­tive­ness to clob­ber three sixes in his 62 be­fore Dil­ruwan Per­ara spun one past his bat to hit the top of the off­s­tump with a beau­ti­ful de­liv­ery.

Jen­nings, who hit a hun­dred in his de­but test against In­dia in 2016, took a sin­gle off Dhanan­jaya de Silva to end his cen­tury drought.

The 26-year-old pumped air while run­ning be­fore tak­ing his hel­met off and rais­ing his bat in cel­e­bra­tion.

The left-han­der’s pa­tient 280ball knock in­cluded nine fours as he demon­strated to his team mates how to play spin in the sub-con­ti­nent.

Jos Buttler made 35 and Eng­land’s first-in­nings hero Ben Foakes con­tributed 37 be­fore Root de­cided to give his bowler a go at the Sri Lankan open­ers in fad­ing light.

Herath claimed three wick­ets in his 93rd and fi­nal test at the same venue where the 40-yearold left-arm spin­ner made his de­but against Aus­tralia in 1999. Eng­land 1st in­nings Rory Burns c Niroshan Dick­wella b Su­ranga Lak­mal Keaton Jen­nings b Dil­ruwan Per­era Moeen Ali b Su­ranga Lak­mal Joe Root b Ran­gana Herath Ben Stokes b Dil­ruwan Per­era Jos Buttler c Niroshan Dick­wella b Dil­ruwan Per­era Ben Foakes c Dhanan­jaya de Silva b Su­ranga Lak­mal Sam Cur­ran c Di­nesh Chandi­mal b Ak­ila Danan­jaya Adil Rashid c Dhanan­jaya de Silva b Dil­ruwan Per­era Jack Leach c Dhanan­jaya de Silva b Dil­ruwan Per­era 15 James An­der­son Not Out 0 Ex­tras 1b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w 2 To­tal (97.0 overs) all out 342 Fall of Wick­ets : 1-10 Burns, 2-10 Ali, 3-72 Root, 4-98 Jen­nings, 5-103 Stokes, 6-164 Buttler, 7-252 Cur­ran, 8-306 Rashid, 9-330 Leach, 10-342 Foakes Bowl­ing Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex Su­ranga Lak­mal 18 5 73 3 4.06 Dil­ruwan Per­era 31 6 75 5 2.42 Ak­ila Danan­jaya 20 2 96 1 4.80 Ran­gana Herath 25 4 78 1 3.12 Dhanan­jaya de Silva 3 0 18 0 6.00 Sri Lanka 1st in­nings Dimuth Karunaratne c Ben Foakes b James An­der­son Kaushal Silva lbw Sam Cur­ran Dhanan­jaya de Silva b Moeen Ali Kusal Mendis c Ben Stokes b Jack Leach An­gelo Mathews c Keaton Jen­nings b Moeen Ali Di­nesh Chandi­mal st Ben Foakes b Adil Rashid Niroshan Dick­wella c Jos Buttler b Moeen Ali Dil­ruwan Per­era c Jos Buttler b Jack Leach Ak­ila Danan­jaya c Ben Foakes b Moeen Ali Su­ranga Lak­mal c James 9 46 0 35 7

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14 19 52 33 28 21 0 An­der­son b Adil Rashid 15 Ran­gana Herath Not Out 14 Ex­tras 0b 2lb 0nb 0pen 0w 2 To­tal (68.0 overs) all out 203 Fall of Wick­ets : 1-4 Karunaratne, 2-10 Silva, 3-34 Mendis, 4-40 de Silva, 5-115 Chandi­mal, 6-136 Mathews, 7-171 Dick­wella, 8-173 Per­era, 9-175 Per­era, 10-203 Lak­mal Bowl­ing Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex James An­der­son 10 0 26 1 2.60 Sam Cur­ran 6 1 16 1 2.67 Jack Leach 18 2 41 2 2.28 Moeen Ali 21 4 66 4 3.14 Adil Rashid 9 1 30 2 3.33 Ben Stokes 4 0 22 0 5.50 Eng­land 2nd in­nings Rory Burns Run Out Dimuth Karunaratne Keaton Jen­nings Not Out Moeen Ali c Ran­gana Herath b Dil­ruwan Per­era Joe Root c Niroshan Dick­wella b Ran­gana Herath Ben Stokes b Dil­ruwan Per­era Jos Buttler c Kaushal Silva b Ran­gana Herath Ben Foakes c Kusal Mendis b Ak­ila Danan­jaya 37 Ex­tras 4b 7lb 2nb 0pen 0w 13 To­tal (93.0 overs) decl 322 Fall of Wick­ets : 1-60 Burns, 2-67 Ali, 3-74 Root, 4-181 Stokes, 5-258 Buttler, 6-319 Foakes Did Not Bat : Cur­ran, Rashid, Leach, An­der­son Bowl­ing Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex Dil­ruwan Per­era 30 3 94 2 3.13 Su­ranga Lak­mal 9 2 30 0 3.33 2nb Ran­gana Herath 23 1 59 2 2.57 Ak­ila Danan­jaya 18.5 2 87 1 4.62 Dhanan­jaya de Silva 12.1 2 41 0 3.37 Sri Lanka 2nd in­nings Dimuth Karunaratne Not Out 7 Kaushal Silva Not Out 8 Ex­tras 0b 0lb 0nb 0pen 0w 0 To­tal (7.0 overs) 15-0 Bowl­ing Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex Sam Cur­ran 1 1 0 0 0.00 James An­der­son 1 0 4 0 4.00 Moeen Ali 2 0 7 0 3.50 Adil Rashid 2 0 2 0 1.00 ack Leach 1 0 2 0 2.00 Um­pire Christo­pher Gaf­faney Um­pire Marais Eras­mus Video Sun­daram Ravi Match Ref­eree An­drew Py­croft 23 146

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