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Sublime Root century gives England imposing lead


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16 Nov 2018, 17:42 IST

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Joe Root celebrates his 15th Test century

Joe Root made a super attacking century to present England a considerable lead regardless of Akila Dananjaya’s six-wicket haul on day 3 of the second one Test in opposition to Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

Root went at the assault to present the vacationers a really perfect likelihood of successful the sequence with a fit to spare, the captain scoring a masterful 124 from best 146 balls.

Rory Burns (59) hit a maiden Test half-century and Ben Foakes endured his dream begin to his England occupation with an unbeaten 51 on a pitch providing numerous activate Friday.

Dananjaya, reported for a suspect bowling motion within the first Test, took Test-best figures of 6-106 however England have been 324-Nine with a lead of 278 when play was once reduce quick because of unhealthy mild earlier than the rain got here.

Joe Leach succeeded together with his job of seeing out one over as nightwatchman on day two, however failed to hang out within the morning consultation, Dilruwan Perera (2-87) trapping him leg earlier than sweeping.

Keaton Jennings (26) and Burns moved England right into a lead of 31 with a good second-wicket stand of 73 earlier than the previous was once stuck at slip reverse-sweeping Dananjaya.

Burns didn’t permit the Sri Lanka bowlers to settle, putting the ball with energy and working beautifully between the wickets in a promising knock which incorporated seven barriers earlier than Malinda Pushpakumara snared him lbw.

England have been 109-Four when Perera pinned Ben Stokes leg earlier than with out scoring, however Root seemed in nice contact from the beginning of his innings and placed on 74 for the 5th wicket with Jos Buttler. 

Buttler (34) performed on making an attempt to opposite sweep Dananjaya, however Root endured to make use of his toes expertly, discovering the boundary with obvious ease as he took at the spinners.

Root shifted throughout the gears after mentioning his half-century, Sri Lanka not able to include the skipper, who endured to rate down the monitor, smashing Perera for 6 over midwicket earlier than Moeen Ali departed affordably.

The magnificent Root moved into the 90s by means of launching Dananjaya over the ropes and set free a roar after mentioning his 15th Test hundred by means of steerage Suranga Lakmal to the third-man boundary simply after tea.

Root was once additionally undone sweeping Dananjaya, however the spectacular Foakes had a half-century when he swatted Perera over the ropes after Dananjaya bowled Sam Curran first ball with a good looks after which got rid of Adil Rashid. 

Deteriorating mild and a next downpour introduced a untimely halt to what was once England’s day, Foakes nonetheless there brimming with self belief following his debut hundred in Galle.

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