Keaton Jen­nings ton puts Sri Lanka on the ropes in Galle Test

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A Keaton Jen­nings cen­tury helped Eng­land put Sri Lanka on the ropes in the first Test on Thurs­day, set­ting the hosts a daunt­ing 462 to win at no­to­ri­ously lows­cor­ing Galle. Eng­land de­clared at 322 for six on day three with Jen­nings 146 not out af­ter a pa­tient in­nings that saw him deal deftly with the home side’s spin at­tack. At the close of play, Sri Lanka were 15 with­out loss with Dimuth Karunaratne on seven and Kaushal Silva on eight af­ter hang­ing on for seven overs, with a fur­ther 447 to make at a ground where no team has suc­cess­fully chased more than 99. In the morn­ing ses­sion a some­what shaky Rory Burns, brought in to fill the huge shoes of the re­tired Alas­tair Cook, was run out for 23. Moeen Ali, out first ball in the first in­nings, fared lit­tle bet­ter, driv­ing straight to Ran­gana Herath at mid-on off Dil­ruwan Per­era for three. Herath, in his last game be­fore re­tir­ing, then got Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root out for the sec­ond time in the match, caught be­hind for three. But Jen­nings played cau­tiously and looked com­fort­able against spin against Per­era and the other spin­ners. An LBW ap­peal off Dhanan­jaya de Silva when Jen­nings was on 58 was turned down and Sri Lanka chose not to re­view. Ben Stokes hit a brisk 62 off 93 balls that saw three sixes, in­clud­ing one back over Per­era’s head and an almighty sweep high over mid­wicket off Dhanan­jaya de Silva to bring up the 300. But shortly be­fore tea he be­came Per­era’s sec­ond scalp, a de­mon of a ball pitch­ing out­side leg and an­gling back to take the Durham all­rounder’s off stump.

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