England vs Sri Lanka Day 4: SL 32/0; Chasing record Total at Lords- Day 4 of Sri Lanka vs England has begun and the openers are silently approaching the game. They still have to trail a huge score of 330 runs to win this test match. English pacers and spinners are striving hard to grab the first wicket and puncture the opponents’ confidence.
While batting first, England team braced their inning with a big 416 runs’ score and hindered the foes on 288. They again batted and declared their inning as stopped on 233 for 7. Then the Sri Lankans are now invited to accomplish this task of arrogating the above mentioned required score.
Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes had cemented their scores by playing good innings. Unbeaten ton by Jonny contributed majorly in structuring powerful foundation for the team’s score. Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva and Kushal Parera had reacted with same intensity to dominate the rivals but lagged in mates’ assistance which would have harnessed team score if played well.
The second inning commenced with changed opening pair of English team. Alastair Cook batted on seventh position and with his not 49 runs, he reached 10,000 runs in his test career and became the youngest cricketer to achieve that glory. When compared with master blaster, the legend opined not to be gossiped so as he can’t reach the level of genius.
Alex Hales missed his century by six runs after getting entrapped with leg byes wicket. Jonny Bairstow’s supporting two digit contribution just added few runs to the team’s score. After reaching 233, inning was declared by the hosts and they instigated the foes to overwhelm them.
Sri Lankan cricketers have two days in their hands and can usurp the debellation if play the game with technique and smart conspiracy. Let’s see what clever cabal has been planned by the chasing team to subjugate the contenders.