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3rd & Final Cricket Test, Stumps Day 3.



Chris Woakes started and finished a Sri Lanka collapse on the third day of the third and final cricket test against England at lord's.

Sri Lanka, well-placed at 162 for one overnight, were dismissed for 288 -- 128 runs behind England's first innings 416.

Sri Lanka, bidding to avoid a whitewash at 2-nil down in this three-match series, resumed Saturday with Kaushal Silva 79 not out and Kusal Mendis 25 not.

But they both fell for their overnight scores as Sri Lanka collapsed in overcast conditions that made batting harder than had been the case on Friday.

Two years ago, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a test century at Lord's.

But the all-rounder was felled for three, with 166 for three becoming 169 for four when he was squared up by Woakes and edged to Joe Root at second slip.

And 169 for four was transformed into 205 for six as under-pressure fast bowler Steven Finn took two wickets for three runs in 12 balls.

Left-handers Kusal Perera made 42 and Rangana Herath who hit 31 fought back with a seventh-wicket stand of 71.

Woakes ended the innings with the opening delivery of a new spell on the stroke of tea when Shaminda Eranga was caught in the slips by James Vince.

Chris Woakes and Steven Finn bagged three wickets each while James Anderson and Stuart Broad took two wickets each.

In reply England scored 109 runs for the loss of 4 wickets at stumps on day three.

Alex hales was unbeaten on 41 with Steven Finn on six when the stumps were drawn.

England is leading by 237 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

For Sri Lanka Nuwan Pradeep bagged three wickets.

PTV Sports is telecasting the match live.

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