Sri Lanka v England: third Test, day four – live!

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38th over: Sri Lanka 127-5 (Mendis 62, Roshen 21) Rashid flicks an absolute jaffa past Mendis’s outside edge, which allows Foakes to demonstrate his immaculate glovework as the ball spits towards his right shoulder. He is pure class.

“So,” says Hywel Davies. “In four years’ time, England might be top Test nation and World Cup winners in footie, but it will be Wales preparing to defend the more important world title they won in Japan in 2019! Sigh, who am I kidding, being woken by this cat at 4.50am has left me delirious. Anyone lost a black cat near Highgate cemetery in London recently? Cos we’d really, really like to give it back to its real owners…”

37th over: Sri Lanka 125-5 (Mendis 61, Roshen 20) Leach is milked for six runs in his 13th over. Sri Lanka are playing with such comfort against the spinners that it might be time for Ben Stokes to change the tempo.

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