LIVE SCORECARD: England still waiting to seal series whitewash of Sri Lanka

LIVE SCORECARD: England still waiting to seal series whitewash of Sri Lanka as Kusal Mendis and Roshen Silva offer up stern resistance

  • Joe Root’s men have achieved a first away Test series win since 2016 in Sri Lanka
  • But England’s bid has been delayed by some dogged Sri Lankan batting
  • Kusal Mendis brought up first half-century of series and Roshen Silva impressed

Chris Stocks For Mailonline

England will have to wait to seal an historic 3-0 series whitewash of Sri Lanka after a frustrating fourth morning of this final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Joe Root’s men have achieved a first away Test series win since 2016 and aiming to become just the third England team to win every Test of an overseas series consisting of three matches or more.

Back in 1963 a team led by Ted Dexter won 3-0 New Zealand. Before that you have to go back to 1896, when England whitewashed South Africa by the same scoreline.

Kusal Mendis was part of a stern resistance from Sri Lanka as England aimed for a whitewash

Kusal Mendis was part of a stern resistance from Sri Lanka as England aimed for a whitewash

Roshen Silva also impressed for the hosts as he was part of a stern sixth-wicket stand

Roshen Silva also impressed for the hosts as he was part of a stern sixth-wicket stand

Although England had already sealed this series with victories in the opening two matches in Galle and Kandy, managing to complete a first away Test whitewash in 55 years here would be a notable triumph.

Only Australia, in 2004, and India, last year, have previously whitewashed Sri Lanka at home.

But England’s bid to follow them has been delayed by some dogged Sri Lankan batting, with just one wicket falling on this fourth morning as the hosts reached lunch on 164 for five, 163 runs behind their victory target of 327.

That would be a record chase on this ground and a consolation victory for Sri Lanka still appears unlikely despite the spirited batting they have shown so far today.

England bowler Adil Rashid shows his frustration amid an impressive display in Colombo

England bowler Adil Rashid shows his frustration amid an impressive display in Colombo

England had hopes of wrapping things up quickly after their opponents started the day on 53 for four, with Danushka Gunathilika, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva and Angelo Mathews all dismissed on the third evening.

It took the tourists half an hour to make the breakthrough this morning, Jack Leach finding turn and then the edge of night-watchman Lakshan Sandakan and Ben Stokes taking the catch at slip as Sri Lanka slipped to 82 for five.

But England were frustrated by a sixth-wicket stand between Kusal Mendis, who brought up his first half-century of the series and Roshen Silva.

Ben Stokes (left) was warned by the umpire Sundaram Ravi for short-pitched bowling

Ben Stokes (left) was warned by the umpire Sundaram Ravi for short-pitched bowling

The pair put on 82 in 21 overs before lunch and England’s frustrations were summed up by the sight of an angry Stokes being warned by umpire Sundaram Ravi for short-pitched bowling shortly before lunch.

England will hope they can break this partnership after lunch so they can get stuck into Sri Lanka’s tail.

It may take a moment of magic, though, to break the resistance of Kusal and Roshen. 


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