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Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test: Root keeps England in the hunt on 3rd day

Joe Root hit 186 for England
Joe Root hit 186 for England
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Joe Root's 186 almost single-handed kept England in this match, in yet another hard-fought day of Test cricket, in Galle.

England closed the day on 339-9 trailing Sri Lanka by 42 runs.

 

 

Match Summary

Sri Lanka 381/10 (139.3 ov)

England *339/9 (114.2 ov)

Stumps Day 3 - England trail by 42 runs.

Scorecard

 

 

Joe Root’s monumental innings of 186 finished in the last over of the day, as he was run out, unable to get back in time, when he nudged the ball to short leg and Oshada Fernando reacted well to hit the stumps at short range.

His 186 (off 305 balls inc 18x4s) helped England to within 42 runs of Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings total . Lasith Embuldeniya (7-132) bowled superbly for his 7 wickets and both sides will still feel they are in with a chance of winning this match – fantastic Test cricket.

 

 

England

1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Dom Sibley - 5.2 ov), 2-5 (Zak Crawley - 7.1 ov), 3-116 (Jonny Bairstow - 35.5 ov), 4-132 (Dan Lawrence - 41.2 ov), 5-229 (Jos Buttler - 70.5 ov), 6-252 (Sam Curran - 81.2 ov), 7-333 (Dom Bess - 109.5 ov), 8-337 (Mark Wood - 111.2 ov), 9-339 (Joe Root - 114.2 ov)

 

 

Match Analysis

Sri Lanka

1st Innings: Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Kusal Perera - 4.1 ov), 2-7 (Oshada Fernando - 4.5 ov), 3-76 (Lahiru Thirimanne - 26.2 ov), 4-193 (Dinesh Chandimal - 68.6 ov), 5-232 (Angelo Mathews - 88.6 ov), 6-243 (Ramesh Mendis - 91.6 ov), 7-332 (Niroshan Dickwella - 120.4 ov), 8-332 (Suranga Lakmal - 120.6 ov), 9-364 (Lasith Embuldeniya - 132.6 ov), 10-381 (Dilruwan Perera - 139.3 ov)

England

1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Dom Sibley - 5.2 ov), 2-5 (Zak Crawley - 7.1 ov), 3-116 (Jonny Bairstow - 35.5 ov), 4-132 (Dan Lawrence - 41.2 ov), 5-229 (Jos Buttler - 70.5 ov), 6-252 (Sam Curran - 81.2 ov), 7-333 (Dom Bess - 109.5 ov), 8-337 (Mark Wood - 111.2 ov), 9-339 (Joe Root - 114.2 ov)

 

Playing XIs

 

Sri Lanka - Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Ramesh Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando

England - Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler(wk), Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson

 

Match Details

Start Time: 04:30

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle

Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Lyndon Hannibal, Raja Wimalasiri, Ranjan Madugalle

 

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