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Runs Flow, Root Hits Double

Joe Root hits out during his unbeaten double-century
Joe Root hits out during his unbeaten double-century
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Kaushal Silva survived this caught-behind chance to make a half-century
Kaushal Silva survived this caught-behind chance to make a half-century
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England 575-9 dec. (Root 200no, Prior 86) v
Sri Lanka 140-1 (Silva 62no)
First Test, Lord's, day two

Joe Root scored his maiden Test double-century as runs flowed freely on day two of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's.

They came at a good rate as well, both during England's innings of 575 for nine declared and Sri Lanka's 140 for one in reply.

When Root reached 200, England declared but Sri Lanka were composed in reply, Dimuth Karunaratne the only man to depart as Chris Jordan took his first Test wicket.

He struck in his first over to reduce the tourists to 54 for one only for Kaushal Silva (62 not out) and Kumar Sangakkara (32 not out) to see Sri Lanka through to stumps.

Matthew Prior (86), Ian Bell (56), Moeen Ali (48), Stuart Broad (47) and Liam Plunkett (39) also made useful runs for England.

However, Root simply continued his sublime knock from day one to reach 200 in 298 deliveries, stroking 16 fours.

Prior fell 14 runs short of a century when he failed to evade a Shaminda Eranga short ball and gloved to Silva at short leg, bringing to an end a 171-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Jordan made 19 in as many balls with three fours to keep the scoreboard ticking over at a quick pace and soon after England passed 400 - for the first time since March 2013 - he was caught by wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene off Eranga as he top-edged a pull.

Broad then joined Root took on the Sri Lankans, cracking nine fours through a combination of orthodox strokeplay and mighty hitting, his 47 coming from 39 balls before his luck ran out and he picked out Karunaratne in the deep off Nuwan Pradeep.

Pradeep then saw off Plunkett, who made 39 in 42 balls - having been dropped on two - and it looked as if Root might be denied the chance to reach a double-century.

However, thanks to James Anderson's unbeaten nine in 15 balls, he was given enough time to reach his milestone, immedaitely after which England declared.

Pradeep finished with four for 123, Eranga three for 163, Nuwan Kulasekara one for 83 and Rangana Herath one for 136.

The Sri Lankan openers Karunaratne and Silva then put on 54 in 12.3 overs befor England, through Jordan, struck.

The Sussex quick bowler induced the finest of fine edges outside off stump as Karunaratne drove and Prior did the rest to hand England the breakthrough they needed.

However, that would be as good as it got for the home side as they were denied by Silva and Sangakkara for the rest of the day.

They thought they had Silva caught behind off Broad only for the third umpire to rule that the ball had fallen just short of Prior's gloves.

Silva then completed a fourth Test half-century while Sangakkara eased his way to 32 in 61 balls with five fours at the other end, giving England early notice that although they might still hold a big lead going into day three, they will be made to work hard to bowl their opponents out.

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