England squeezes life out of Sri Lanka on 3rd morning

England squeezes life out of Sri Lanka on 3rd morning

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 1:27 p.m. ET

LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka's fightback was slowed to a crawl as England took five wickets on the third morning of the third test at Lord's on Saturday.

Sri Lanka, up against England's 416, resumed its first innings on 162-1 and reached lunch on 218-6 as the favorable batting conditions on the first two days changed to the England quicks' advantage in cloudy, humid conditions.

England squeezed the life out of the visitors. Sri Lanka had only four scoring shots in the first 10 overs, and made 56 in the session.

Under building pressure to score, both overnight batsmen, Kaushal Silva (79) and Kusal Mendis (25), were gone within five overs without adding to their scores. Chris Woakes got a second wicket when he surprised Angelo Mathews with his speed and bounce, taking out the Sri Lanka captain for 3.


Steven Finn took the last two wickets, Dinesh Chandimal lbw on 19, and Lahiru Thirimanne, the last senior batsman, on 17, caught in the slips.