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Mathews, Silva, Chandimal fifties shore up Sri Lanka

Visitor ends Day 3 at 309/5 in its second innings after being asked to follow on, still 88 behind England

Mathews, Silva, Chandimal fifties shore up Sri Lanka - Cricket News
Sri Lanka is still 88 runs behind England’s first-innings score of 498 for 9 declared
Sri Lanka put up its best batting performance of the ongoing Test series against England on the third day of the second game at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Sunday (May 29).
 
Bowled out for 101 in its first innings and asked to follow on, Sri Lanka reached 309 for 5 at stumps, with Angelo Mathews leading the way with a knock of 80 before becoming the last wicket to fall for the day.
 
The day started with Sri Lanka 91 for 8 in its first innings in 40 overs. The innings lasted for 3.3 overs after that as Stuart Broad and James Anderson picked up the last two wickets.
 
Broad finished with figures of 4 for 40, while Anderson and Chris Woakes, playing this game because of an injury to Ben Stokes, picked up three wickets each.
 
Sri Lanka’s second innings started on a sedate note as the opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva put on 38 runs in 16.3 overs. Karunaratne was the first to fall when Woakes had him caught at second slip. Kusal Mendis made a brisk 26, which included four fours, before Anderson dismissed him caught behind.
 
Moeen Ali bowled Lahiru Thirimanne, reducing Sri Lanka to 100 for 3. That is when Silva and Mathews got together to add 82 runs – Sri Lanka’s first fifty partnership of the series – and lend some stability to the innings. Silva was caught behind off Steven Finn, but there was no stopping Mathews.
 
Mathews hit nine fours and a six during his attractive knock before giving Jonny Bairstow his third catch of the innings, as Anderson took his series tally of wickets to 15.
 
With the scoreboard reading 222 for 5, Dinesh Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana got together to put on an unbroken 87-run stand when play ended.
 
Chandimal was unbeaten on 54, while Siriwardana was giving him company on 35.
 
Sri Lanka is still 88 runs behind England’s first-innings score of 498 for 9 declared, which featured Moeen Ali’s Test-best 155 not out.
 
Sri Lanka had at least stopped the rot after becoming the first side since New Zealand in England back in 1958 to be bowled out for under 120 in three successive Test innings following their 101 first time around in this match. Mathews's men totalled just 91 and 119 during a crushing innings-and-88-run defeat in the first of a three-Test series at Headingley last week.