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Sri Lanka vs England: Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes team up to grab a stunner

Prior anticipation from the fielder earned a crucial wicket for England.

England fielder Keaton Jennings
England fielder Keaton Jennings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England and Sri Lanka are currently involved in an enthralling second Test match in Pallekele. The hosts are only 82 runs away from a superb victory chasing 301 runs and still have five wickets in hand. England, on the other hand, will be looking to pick up quick wickets and seal in what could be a rare series victory away from home for them in the whites. They’ve so far picked wickets with their street-smartness thanks to Keaton Jennings and would need yet another such brilliance on the field.

After bowling out the visitors for 346 in the second innings, Sri Lanka were left with chasing a mammoth total of 301 runs on a Day four pitch. Many felt that it would only be a matter of time before they succumb and at 26/3, the end seemed near. But Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews rebuilt the innings by mixing caution with aggression. They added 77 runs for the fourth wicket and had just started to frustrate the opposition.

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Jennings-Foakes do an unthinkable

However, the 28th over was a magical one for England. Karunaratne was using his feet beautifully against the spinners and had employed a sweep shot exquisitely to notch up a brilliant half-century. Like a norm, he played a sweep shot off Adil Rashid to guide the ball towards fine leg and timed the shot well.

Meanwhile, Keaton Jennings who was fielding at short leg anticipated Karunaratne’s shot and starting moving. He put his hand out in the direction of the ball as it hit his hand. But Jennings couldn’t hold on to the chance but he made sure that the ball didn’t go down and lobbed it up only for an alert Ben Foakes to gobble the catch. Everything happened in a motion and in split second that the batsman was left helpless and shocked at the same time.

All the credit of the dismissal should go to Jennings who was agile on the field and then Foakes also for staying alert when the ball was in the air.

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