Due to bad light, Day 4 of the 3rd and final Test between India and Sri Lanka ended prematurely. The home team still need 319 runs to win the match, while the visitors require seven more wickets to seal the match and series.
England, following on, were 203 for six in their second innings in reply to Australia`s first innings 481 -- a deficit of 129 runs -- at the close of the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday. Jos Buttler was 33 not out and nightwatchman Mark Wood unbeaten on nought.
After losing the Ashes, fought back to salvage the pride and also give retiring skipper Michael Clarke a sweet parting gift, played with vigour and lots of positives. For the second day, they have dominated England in all aspects of the game - from batting to bowling to fielding. England were reduced to 107 for eight at Day 2 Stumps at The Oval. Earlier, they have posted 481 in the first innings.
After a poor start, India fought back hard on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lanka where Lokesh Rahul (108) grabbed on to another opportunity by slamming his second Test ton. Virat Kohli (78) and Rohit Sharma (79) too made significant contributions.
Chasing 176 runs to win the first Test match against Sri Lanka, India were 23/1 at stumps on the third day at Galle. Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 13 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on five after Lokesh Rahul was trapped leg-before by Rangana Herath for five.
England, spurred by impressive bowling from now-injured James Anderson and comeback Steven Finn won the match comprehensively, within three days. They have beaten Australia by 8 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the five match series. After losing the wicket of skipper Alastair Cook and Adam Lyth, experienced hands in Ian Bell and Joe Root steadied the innings, with the latter hitting the winning boundary. The next match at Nottingham starts August 6, and given the fluctuating nature of the series we have witnessed so far, expect the unexpected.
English pacer Steven Finn continued his good run in the third Ashes Test as he followed his two-wicket haul in the first innings with a five-fer in the second, putting his side in the driver's seat at the end of Day 2.