Chris Woakes yesterday sparked a Sri Lanka collapse on the third day of the third Test against England at Lord’s.
Sri Lanka, well-placed at 162-1 overnight, were 218-6 at lunch — 198 runs behind England’s first innings 416.
England, bidding to complete a whitewash at 2-0 up in the three-match series, took five wickets for 56 runs in yesterday’s first session.
Kusal Perera, playing his first match in more than six months after a doping ban was rescinded because of a faulty test, was 12 not out and Rangana Herath two not out.
Sri Lanka resumed with Kaushal Silva 79 not out and Kusal Mendis 25 not.
However, 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.
Sri Lanka had not added a run when Woakes had Mendis LBW with his first ball to end a partnership of 54.
It was just reward for the Warwickshire all-rounder, who on Friday saw Jonny Bairstow drop a simple catch off his bowling to reprieve Dimuth Karunaratne, eventually out for 50.
Two years ago, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a Test century at Lord’s, but the all-rounder was felled for three yesterday, with 166-3 becoming 169-4 when he was squared up by Woakes and edged to Joe Root at second slip.
Woakes, bowling at a sharp pace, almost had a wicket next ball, only for Dinesh Chandimal to inside-edge a yorker that just missed the stumps for four.
Woakes’s opening spell yielded impressive figures of 2-11 off seven overs.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Chandimal, who made an admirable 126 in the second Test, briefly resisted, but 169-4 was transformed into 205-6 as under-pressure fast bowler Steven Finn took two wickets for three runs in 12 balls on his Middlesex home ground.
Chandimal was LBW for 19, with Thirimanne (17) edging to Root at second slip.
Left-hander Perera hit back by hitting two fours off Finn, including a defiant straight drive that whistled into the Pavilion fence.
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