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Cricket: England scent victory after Jennings century

GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Opener Keaton Jennings ended his two-year watch for a second check century with a career-best 146 not out as England inched in direction of a complete victory within the opening check in opposition to Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Cricket – England v Sri Lanka, First Test – Galle, Sri Lanka – November eight, 2018. England’s Keaton Jennings performs a shot subsequent to Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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

The hosts ended day three on 15 for no loss, 447 behind and gazing a crushing defeat inside 4 days in spinner Rangana Herath’s farewell check.

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (eight) survived seven overs however Sri Lanka will want a close to miracle to save lots of the check.

Earlier, the vacationers resumed on 38-Zero and their openers consolidated their place till they suffered a mini-collapse.

Debutant Rory Burns’s (23) foolhardy pursuit of a non-existent single culminated in his run-out and Moeen Ali couldn’t justify his promotion to quantity three for the second time within the match, following up his first-innings golden duck with three.

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

Jennings, nonetheless, seemed assured in opposition to the spinners, usually taking part in the sweep shot — each conventional and reverse — to negate them.

Ben Stokes, Jennings’ accomplice of their 107-run fourth-wicket partnership, shrugged off his early tentativeness to clobber three sixes in his 62 earlier than Dilruwan Perara spun one previous his bat to hit the highest of the off-stump with a gorgeous supply.

Jennings, who hit 100 in his debut check in opposition to India in 2016, took a single off Dhananjaya de Silva to finish his century drought.

The 26-year-old pumped air whereas operating earlier than taking his helmet off and elevating his bat in celebration.

The left-hander’s affected person 280-ball knock included 9 fours as he demonstrated to his crew mates find out how to play spin within the sub-continent.

Jos Buttler made 35 and England’s first-innings hero Ben Foakes contributed 37 earlier than Root determined to provide his bowler a go on the Sri Lankan openers in fading gentle.

Herath claimed three wickets in his 93rd and ultimate check on the similar venue the place the 40-year-old left-arm spinner made his debut in opposition to Australia in 1999.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O’Brien and Ed Osmond

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