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Summary

  1. Sri Lanka struggle chasing 327 to win
  2. Would be highest chase on this ground
  3. Moeen two wickets, Leach one
  4. Eng 230: Buttler 64, Foakes 36*
  5. Stokes 42 - twice caught off no-ball
  6. Dilruwan 5-88, Pushpakumara 3-28
  7. England lead 2-0 in three-Test series

Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    England celebrate

    So will tomorrow be the day England seal their whitewash? It looks like likely.

    They will need six wickets to win.

    You can recap today's play by reading Jack Skelton's match report here.

    We'll be back from 4:15 GMT tomorrow to see if England can complete the job.

    See you then.

  2. Post update

    Today has been another interesting day of Test cricket.

    We had a mini-collapse from England in falling to 39-4.

    Then there were two wickets off no-balls - both from the same bowler, spinner Lakshan Sandakan.

    Jos Buttler played a fine innings to get England out of any trouble, mostly in partnership with Ben Stokes, and set Sri Lanka a total that always seemed too many.

    In the evening England's bowlers made a good start to increase their chances of victory even further. There only looks like one result from here.

    Read all about it here.

    Ben Stokes and Joe Root
  3. Post update

    Buttler also joked that his plan to use his feet rather than sweep during his innings of 64 came when watching a episode of Cricket Classics in the dressing room.

    He said Jimmy Anderson was watching Michael Clarke use his feet against Graeme Swann who "couldn't get him out".

    Buttler said he thought that might be the way to go having watched Clarke.

  4. Post update

    England batsman Jos Buttler on Sky Sports, asked how being six wickets away from a 3-0 whitewash sounds: "It sounds fantastic.

    "Throughout the series the key word has been patience for the spinners and Stokes comes on and makes things happen. He has a big heart and shows it every day.

    "The new ball seems to be a tricky time to bat against the spin with some skidding on and some spinning. Trying to get them off their lengths seemed to be way to go and I managed to do that and build a partnership with Ben."

  5. Post update

    Andy Zaltzman

    The Cricket Social statistician

    England hit 11 fours out of their score of 230. It wasn't that Sri Lanka let England off the hook - they lifted them off the hook, dusted them down and gave them an Elastoplast.

  6. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport on The Cricket Social

    It has been a bit like yesterday - England started poorly and then had the better of the evening session. Buttler and Stokes just took the match away from Sri Lanka.

  7. Post update

    So England will return tomorrow needing six wickets to become just the third team to whitewash Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in Test cricket.

    The hosts will need a very unlikely 274 more runs.

  8. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Colombo

    What an extraordinary day. England lost four wickets and you were beginning to think Sri Lanka might get back into this game, but that stand between Stokes and Buttler really snuffed things out.

    England rather lost their way at the end but it doesn't really matter.

  9. Close - SL 53-4

    Target 327

    The umpires have decided the rain has got too heavy. The players leave the field. There was probably only time for one more over anyway.

    It's high fives all round among the England players.

    They're closing in. The win should be sealed tomorrow.

  10. SL 53-4

    Ben Stokes is the ultimate competitor. You have to laugh. England have so many fielders around the bat that there is on one at mid-on. Stokes realises this and charges after the ball himself off his own bowling. He drags it back a couple of inches inside the rope.

  11. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    The Cricket Social statistician

    England's seamers took only three wickets in the first two Tests. Stokes has four wickets in this Test on his own.

  12. SL 52-4

    The rain is getting heavier. Sandakan ducks under another Stokes bouncer.

  13. Post update

    Simon Mann

    on The Cricket Social

    Stokes has reversed the trend of the series.

  14. SL 52-4

    England need six wickets to win

    Sri Lanka are in a mess and Lakshan Sandakan is sent out as nightwatchman. Is this punishment for taking those two wickets on no-balls earlier?

    Stokes bowls him a brutal bouncer first up which the batsman only just evades.

  15. Post update

    Andy Zaltzman

    The Cricket Social statistician

    He's played 10 years of international cricket. Broad has been put there for the idiotic pull shot.

  16. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on The Cricket Social

    Horrendous shot, after Mathews got out playing that shot in the first innings. We talk about mental toughness - this was mental weakness.

  17. WICKET

    Mathews c Broad b Stokes 5 (SL 52-4)

    Third umpire Marais Erasmus agrees. He decides it's a clean catch. Mathews has fallen into the most obvious of traps.

    Stokes and Joe Root ran towards each other to celebrate that wicket with absolute glee. Root asked England's all-rounder to bang it in to get him a wicket late in the day and he's delivered.