• Stuart Broad strikes in first over of day, Jimmy Anderson wraps up innings
  • Sri Lanka trail by 397 after the first innings 
  • Last wicket: Karunaratne c Root b Woakes 26, Sri Lanka 38-1 
  • Moeen Ali guided England to 498-9 with 155 not out on day two
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Jonny Singer for MailOnline

Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson wrapped Sri Lanka’s first innings early on day three, to give England a lead of 397 in the second Test, before Alastair Cook asked Sri Lanka to bat again.

The tourists started the day on 91 for eight, and could only manage a further 10 runs, with England’s two senior bowlers doing the damage on day three.

Sri Lanka need close to a miracle to force their way back into the contest, and an improved performance in the second innings even to take the match into a fourth day.

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And it’s Chris Woakes who has made the breakthrough. He was the pick of the England attack yesterday and has made a good start again today.

He was seen as a contentious selection by some when this might have been the perfect opportunity to blood a newcomer in Jake Ball but Woakes is a talented cricketer who deserves this chance to finally establish himself at Test level.

He will never be Ben Stokes – few can be – but he could become a decent bowling all-rounder in the Tim Bresnan mould.

And he’s going to get a run in the side now too with Stokes struggling to be back for the start of the Pakistan series in July.

Right, in comes Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka’s best batsman this series so far, at No 3. He almost gloves one down the leg side second ball, but survives the over, a wicket maiden. 

It always looked like Woakes was the most likely to take a wicket, and he has done, angling it across Karunaratne, finding the edge, and Root holds on at second slip. 

The breakthrough that England needed before lunch!

Is that a drop? No I think it fell just short. Woakes diving at midwicket as Silva chips the ball towards him, but it just hits the turf.

Finn’s line wasn’t quite right in that over, but it almost worked.

Kaushal Silva has been the slower scorer of this partnership, he’s now onto 11, while Karunaratne has 20.

The latter plays a terrible shot, pushing at a wide one, but is lucky to miss it by a couple of inches. A rare lapse of judgement in what has been a much-improved innings.

That’s better, an on drive to the fence, pure, effortless timing – and followed up with a quick single to get off strike.

Silva with another of those soft-hands edges, stopped by a diving gully, and this partnership is coming on very nicely.

Steven Finn into the attack, and he straight away goes short and is pulled by Silva for a single.

A controlled edge between slip and gully gets Karunaratne two – no real risk in that shot.

You feel that Finn could do with a wicket here, just to settle him after a difficult first innings, but his pace is down on where it can be and there’s not a lot of swing out there. 

Decent, probing line though, which is what you have to do when not a lot is happening. 

Woakes will have his first chance to bowl at Karunaratne, but it only lasts one ball as he is nudged for a single.

Silva then picks up three with a slightly edgy shot to deep midwicket, which Stuart Broad chases down without much enthusiasm.

And then an absolute jaffa to beat Karunaratne – the slips thought he might even have edged that, but not quite. And again, next ball. Good bowling from Woakes. 

Broad continues, and that’s the first boundary of the innings, but I don’t think they’ll mind too much. 

It’s just a fraction overpitched, and a little wide, and Karunaratn drives over cover for four. But the fact that he’s played the shot, and played it upward, will not discourage England at all.

Sensibly though, the opener goes back to leaving for the rest of the over, good discipline, and then nudges a single behind square on the leg side from the final delivery.

Dimuth Karunaratne plays straight as the Sri Lankan openers have started solidly

A bit of resistance from the Sri Lankan openers! And they are trying to rotate the strike a lot more in this innings. How long will it last?

There were animated talks on their balcony this morning between coach Graham Ford, one of the best in the business, captain Angelo Mathews and chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya.

Clearly Sri Lankan pride has been hurt by their abject displays so far in this series. They want to show some fight in this innings.

But will England’s bowling just be too good for them?

Build pressure with maidens, and the wickets will follow – or at least that’s the theory. 

And it’s very close to working, as Woakes goes through Silva. Not sure how that’s missed the inside edge, as it swings back and Bairstow has to dive down the leg side to take it.

The very next ball Silva tries to leave, and can’t get his bat away, it goes to slip on the bounce. Woakes’ accuracy and pace is causing indecision.

A diving stop in the gully prevents any run, and that’s now three overs without a run.

Broad will get another over, and I suspect it will only be one, before Steven Finn comes into the attack. Two men on the drive, one either side of the wicket, very straight, but Karunaratne is being very watchful here, happy to leave anything that isn’t on the stumps. 

A maiden, with barely a shot played. 

A relatively early bowling change – though of course Broad and Anderson did have a couple of overs each this morning in the first innings – as Chris Woakes comes on.

It’s a good line and length from the first-change bowler, and he twice forces an edge of sorts from Silva, but both are controlled, downwards, and into the gully. 

The fifth ball of the over is a jaffa, coming in rather than going away, and only missing the outside edge by half a whisker! A very good start from Woakes, continuing yesterday’s form, and a maiden. 

Stuart Broad shows his disappointment in the early stages of the second innings…

…but Alex Hales had time to sign autographs for fans in fancy dress

That was a bit close – Karunaratne just through his shot a little early, and almost chips to a diving Steven Finn at mid-on. It falls just short. 

He responds by driving inside mid-off for a couple, nice shot that. After a wobbly start, the Sri Lankan openers have been much better in this innings. A long way to go, mind, England’s lead still 378.

Karunaratne nudges Anderson off his hips for another single – now on 10, this is his highest score of the series too. But England have to go back to line and length to the left-hander, rather than this leg-stump line.

Silva gets a shorter one, but sways away from it well enough, before playing inside the line to an away swinger outside off. 

Very pleasant straight drive from the final ball gets two more – he has a very efficient technique when he plays straight, does Silva, it’s just the tendency to flourish when he goes a bit wider that has been problematic.

A better length from Broad in this over, drawing Silva forward and beating the edge. 

He then smashes into the pads, it’s a huge appeal, but it looked to be sliding down. Yes, not even close, that was missing by half a foot! They run a leg bye.

Karunaratne adds a single, before Silva times a push through cover and they get two more. I think I’m right in saying that this is now Sri Lanka’s highest opening partnership of the series…

Careful Dimuth! He was bowl around his legs by Anderson yesterday, and Karunaratne almost goes in the same way again, but this time the ball goes past. That’s not a flaw you want to get a reputation for!

Ohh, what a ball that is, angled across, movement in the air and off the pitch, but the left-handed opener does well to play inside the line. 

He gets two more with a flick into the leg side, England perhaps a little too straight in this second innings so far. A play and miss, and a solid defensive shot, to end the over.

Karunaratne gets his third single of the day, a nudge into the leg side as Broad drops too short, and then Silva pushes another quick single into the off side. 

This will annoy the England bowlers, which is a small victory, but a much-needed one for Sri Lanka.

Not a great ball from Broad, Karunaratne flicks the final delivery in front of deep square leg for three. 

Silva is off the mark with a little push in front of point and a quick single, before Karunaratne gets another inside edge, this time past his stumps, and runs through.

I hate to go on about it, but he doesn’t look a Test opener to me. There are players in this team – Mendis chief among them, but also the likes of Silva and Thirimanne – who have a future at this level, and are struggling in the conditions. But Karunaratne looks deeply unimpressive.

Silva almost throws his wicket away, looking for another quick single – they are trying to be busy, which is good – and being sent back. Broad’s throw misses, but he was just about back anyway.

A good leave from the final ball, not tempted as it swung away. 

You’ve seen your time skittled three times in less that two weeks. You were bowled around your legs yesterday. You are 396 runs behind following on. What do you not do? Play a big, flowing drive, away from the body, to the swinging ball.

Not if you’re Karunaratne, he tries that to Broad and gets a thick inside edge. Fortunate to get away with that, he really was, because it was a disgraceful shot under the circumstances.

Two balls later he plays and misses, but to be fair that was a much better ball, angled in and moving away, making him feel for the ball. If you get out to those, you don’t feel quite as bad. 

Broad begins his innings with a maiden. 

Jimmy Anderson has just finished one innings, now he starts the next, and it’s on the money first up, getting a thick inside edge off Karunaratne first ball. 

A bit of away swing, across the batsman, but it’s the one that comes back in that looks really dangerous, and has Karunaratne hopping around.

He gets off the mark, pushing a quick single to cover, and Silva plays and misses to the final ball of the over. Good start. 

Here come England again – can they wrap up the series today? 

As I said earlier, I’d send Thirimanne straight back out if I were Sri Lanka – he’s got his eye in, he has shown he can resist. But it’s still plan A for Sri Lanka, and out come Silva and Karunaratne. 

Sri Lanka, by the way, are 311/30 in this series so far. That’s 10 runs per wicket across three innings. Ugly stuff. 

You wait years for England to enforce the follow-on, and then they do it twice in two matches. Not much a decision to make, to be honest.

Now, Sri Lanka, can you at least regain some pride?

And it’s all over. After Pradeep gets a single to fine leg, Thirimanne decides he has to play his shots, and skies it up in the air. Compton, at point, is under it, and just holds on, despite a stumble. 

A lead of 397, England will surely enforce the follow-on.

Sportsmail’s Paul Newman in Durham

Relief there for Nick Compton. He is having a miserable series and looked for a moment as if he would drop that catch.

But Sri Lanka’s first innings is over and Alastair Cook has enforced the follow on for the second consecutive Test. That’s the third miserable batting display from Sri Lanka in three innings and not many would back them to show resistance in their fourth. We shall see.

It’s a cold gloomy day and the crowd, back to around half full after yesterday’s near sell-out, are wrapped up in as many layers of clothing of possible. Not a great look for Test cricket, this.

Close! Pradeep defends into the off side and Thirimanne calls him through for a single that is simply not there. Had Moeen’s through hit he’d have been out by three yards. But it didn’t.

Thirimanne then pushes Broad through cover off the back foot for two, that brings up the 100 for Sri Lanka. Plenty of warm applause – that might be pity, but still.

Broad is straining for a fifth wicket – he’s not been England’s best bowler in this innings, or even the second best, but his figures are excellent – but Thirimanne looks solid.

He can’t get the final ball away though, so Pradeep will be on strike.

Stuart Broad celebrates after taking the first wicket of the day

Thirimianne’s decision to take a single from the first legitimate delivery of that last over looked odd, and was punished.

No such mistake this time, he turns one down to Jimmy Anderson – now it’s just a case of blocking as long as possible, scoring when he can, and preventing Pradeep from facing at all costs.

Well that was different! A stride down the pitch to Anderson and Thirimanne launches him over the bowler’s his head for a one-bounc four. Lovely shot. 

But he can’t keep the strike…

Last man Nuwan Pradeep is a proper No 11, so don’t expect this to last long. He wafts at his first delivery, but misses, and gets through to the end of the over. 

Broad starts around the wicket to the left hander, it’s a good line and Thirimanne leaves well – also a no ball, so that’s the first run of the morning.

Thirimanne then takes a single to the next ball, that’s interesting, he’s exposing Lakmal to the strike for five deliveries. Is that wise?

Big movement off the seam for Broad, that rears up nicely at Lakmal. Three slips and a gully, but also a short leg, so plenty of ways to take a wicket.

And there it is… line, length, a thin edge through and that’s the first wicket of the morning. 

Here we go – Stuart Broad, who took two wickets in his final over yesterday, has the ball in hand. 

Thirimanne, on 12, is on strike. Two wickets to go, let’s play. 

Good morning from Durham where we are all set for the third, and quite possibly, final day of this second Test.

It’s become a very one-side one again and it is inevitable that Sri Lanka will be asked to follow on as soon as the last two first innings wickets have been taken.

This is becoming a very poor advert for the early summer Test series that is under threat from the rise of Twenty20 cricket and the wisdom of the ECB in sending Sri Lanka to two northerly outposts in Leeds and Chester-le-Street at this time of year has to be questioned.

It should be remembered that that two years ago a Sri Lankan side including the bulk of the attack that is featuring here defeated England at Headingley and almost consigned Alastair Cook’s captaincy to history.

England have come a long way since then and the quality of their bowling in these conditions so far in this series would have been too much for sides a lot better than this young transitional Sri Lankan one.

If England are to become No 1 side in the world again they have to win and win well this summer and they have done that so far. Unless Sri Lanka somehow summon up some resistance they will reclaim the eighth of the nine Test trophies today.

We’re just about ready to go – as ever, you can get involved on Twitter, by emailing me, or by commenting below. 

The question for today – what time will this match end? 

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad celebrate a goal in their pre-play game of football… now they want to celebrate some wickets

So, what’s the plan for England? If they can wrap up these final two wickets straight away, then they’d surely enforce the follow-on.

Then it’s a case of just keeping doing what they’ve done so well, and relying on the wickets coming. It’s cloudy, the pitch is getting more uneven, they could have this wrapped up by tea – and if they don’t we have two more days to get it done.

As for Sri Lanka – well it’s just damage limitation. Bat for as long as possible in both innings, try and leave better outside off, and score runs when they are there. Maybe eve take the match into a fourth day. It’s not a great prospect.

If I were Angelo Mathews I would probably send Thirimanne out to open the second innings if he’s not out at the end of the first. He’s the man who has shown an ability to blunt this attack, and could provide some stability.

Right, time to lay into Sri Lanka.

First, the caveats – this is a good, if not great England team. We’re up north, in May, which is tough. Sri Lanka are inexperienced, and that means they couldn’t be prepared for this situation.

But there are certain things anyone can do, and they revolve around effort. Sri Lanka were woeful in the field yesterday – Dinesh Chandimal’s drop was the worst I’ve ever seen in Test cricket, the out-fielding was dreadful, the captaincy embarrassing.

As for the batting – well, only one man, Lahiru Thirimanne, has shown anything like the required application. Again, these aren’t easy conditions – but neither are they as tough as they are being made to look.

If Test cricket is going to survive, it can’t have too many more performances like this.

Paul Newman has the full story from yesterday, including a complete analysis of the woes in this Sri Lankan side. 

Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka looks back after being caught

Before we lay in to Sri Lanka too much – and don’t worry, that’s still to come – let’s have a word for England’s stars from yesterday: Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali.

Woakes answered his critics with bat and ball, while Moeen played the innings of his life to guide England into a winning position. Both came into this match with questions over their place – they will leave it completely secure in the selection stakes. 

Lawrence Booth has written on Moeen’s return to form – you should read it.

Moeen Ali of England on his way to an unbeaten 155 during day two

At 4.20pm yesterday, Sri Lanka looked fairly comfortable. The sun was out, Kusal Mendis and Kaushul Silva were playing pretty nicely. Everything was under control and, for the first time in the series, the follow-on didn’t look an inevitability.

An hour later, the tourists were 67 for six, the match was all but over, the series decided. 

Barring a miraculous recovery, today is the last ‘competitive’ day of this series – and yes, those quotation marks around competitive are needed. 



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