Sri Lanka vs England live commentary: Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes at the crease in afternoon session – live updates

OVER 42: ENGLAND 143-3 (Bairstow 64, Stokes 1) – Bairstow on the drive as Perera over-pitches, taking advantage of a huge gap at extra-cover.

Lakmal lumbers after it, clearly wondering how it came to this. He lost the coin toss to Joe Root earlier and looked crestfallen as the England skipper said his side would bat.

CLOSE! Stokes survives another big LBW shout – and this one should’ve been given out. Crashing into off-stump, but of course Sri Lanka have no reviews left. Cheers, Niroshan.

He’s finally off the mark next ball to cheers from the Barmy Army. A life for Stokes and on his way.

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