Match Report : Rain helps protesting SL draw Test
England and Sri Lanka agreed on drawing the third test at Lord’s after rain interrupted too often for either to forge a win on the last day Monday . There were only 12.2 overs of play, in which Sri Lanka, set a monumental 362 to win, moved from 32 without loss overnight to 78 for the loss of only Kaushal Silva, lbw to Jimmy Anderson on 16.
Dimuth Karunarate was unbeaten on 37 and Kusal Mendis on 17, as Sri Lanka preserved a 25-year unbeaten record at the home of cricket. England won the series 2-0 after big wins at Leeds and Chester-le-Street. An extraordinary flag protest by Sri Lanka following an incorrect no-ball call overshadowed a rain-marred fourth day .
Alex Hales was 41 not out and nightwatchman Steven Finn six not out. Hales had moved on to 45 when Sunday’s third ball saw him survive a confi dent lbw appeal from Sri Lanka paceman Shaminda Eranga.
Indian umpire S Ravi ruled in Hales’s favour but the Sri Lankans reviewed, only for a marginal `umpire’s call’ verdict from the Decision Review Sy stem to spare the batsman. Hales had moved on to 58 when Nuwan Pradeep knocked his off-stump with a ball that kept low.
But Australian umpire Rod Tucker had already called a no-ball. Replays suggested Pradeep’s front foot may have been behind the crease but fielding teams are unable to challenge a no-ball call by an umpire and Hales survived.
In February , a similar incident saw Australia’s Adam Voges make 239 in a Test against New Zealand in Wellington after being reprieved on seven following an incorrectly called no-ball by English umpire Richard Illingworth.
Under current International Cricket Council regulations, the third umpire is powerless to intervene in such situations. agencies Brief scores: England 416 & 233-7 declared drew with Sri Lanka 288 & 781