Joe ‘Fantastic’ Root lifts England with a memorable ton

Sri Lanka vs. England 2nd Test - Day 03

Sri Lanka vs. England 2nd Test - Day

England Test Captain Joe Root scored a magnificent hundred in tough batting conditions today in the 3rd day of the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele to give England a big lead of 278 by the end of the day. As Root shined for the visitors Akila Dananjaya claimed 6 wickets for the hosts announcing his comeback to form.

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The overnight pair of English batsmen, night-watchman Jack Leach and opener Rory Burns failed to build a helpful opening stand for their 2nd innings as Leach got out LBW trying to sweep a Dilruwan Perera delivery which kept low.

The designated openers Burns and Keaton Jennings then put on a risk-less, threatening partnership worth 73 runs as they pushed England to the lead. England were 31 runs ahead of Sri Lanka when the pair was separated by Akila Dananjaya.

Jennings was the man to fall as he reverse swept awfully resulting in a catch to Dhananjaya de Silva at slip. Joe Root batting at his usual number 4 position added 31 more runs to extend England’s lead to 62 together with Burns. Burns reached his maiden Test fifty during the cause.

Malinda Pushpakumara then came in to the act with a wicket, that of Burns for 59 runs. Burns wasted a review after he was given out LBW trying to sweep a straight ball.

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Ben Stokes faced just 2 deliveries as he too missed a sweep for a straight delivery, this time the bowler was Dilruwan Perera who claimed his 2nd wicket. Stokes too burned a review moments after Sri Lanka lost their 2nd review.

Heading to lunch England’s captain Root and Vice-captain Jos Buttler added 22 runs which included 2 boundaries off Buttler’s bat.

The post-lunch session, which began with so much expected from both camps, was a session completely dominated by Joe Root. England scored 128 runs in 29 overs during the middle session while Sri Lanka were only able to pick 2 wickets. The session to forget for the hosts started with Kusal Mendis failing to hang on a very tough chance of Buttler in only the 2nd ball.

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Root scoring 72 runs during the middle session handled the under-firing Lankan spinners to perfection and smashed them to all corners of the park. His inning was a perfect attacking knock which just brought England to the driving seat.

Akila Dananjaya who has been quiet throughout the tour hit back to form picking both the wickets to fall during the run-fest in the 2nd session. As most of the English batsmen, both Buttler (34) and Moeen Ali (10) too fell prey to the sweep. Buttler was bowled while Ali was out LBW.

In Ali’s case it was a wrong decision by the umpire and unluckily for England and luckily for Sri Lanka, England had wasted both their reviews by then.

The 3rd and last session began with Root reaching his century with a boundary off an edge to Lakmal. It was Akila once again who broke the threatening partnership. The partnership between Root and Ben Foakes was worth 82 runs when Root was out LBW trying to reverse sweep an Akila Dananjaya delivery, another English wicket fallen trying to sweep.

Hero for England in the 1st innings, Sam Curran was bowled in the very first delivery he faced by Akila as Akila claimed his 3rd Test 5-wicket haul. Adding more scalps to his wicket column Akila dismissed Adil Rashid with a perfect googly. Rashid adjudged out LBW was later found unlucky as he had nicked it.

Sri Lanka with one wicket away from coming back to bat conceded 19 runs for the last wicket as Foakes reached his fifty. Just as Foakes reached his fifty with a six off a Dilruwan Perera delivery play was stopped due to bad light. With rain starting pour the day was brought to a premature end.


Full Scorecard


290/10 & 346/10

(80.4 overs)


Sri Lanka

336/10 & 243/10

(74 overs)

England ‘s 1st Innings

Rory Burns c D De Silva b A Dananjaya4381
Keaton Jennings c N Dickwella b S Lakmal18
Ben Stokes lbw by D Perera1927
Joe Root b M Pushpakumara1423
Jos Butler c D Karunarathne b M Pushpakumara6367
Moeen Ali lbw by M Pushpakumara1023
Ben Foakes c D De Silva b D Perera1923
Sam Curran c D Karunarathne b D Perera64119
Adil Rashid lbw by D Perera3152
Jack Leach b A Dananjaya713
James Anderson not out712
7 (b 4, lb 3)
290/10 (75.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-7 (K Jennings, 4.3 ov), 2-44 (B Stokes, 13.2 ov), 3-65 (J Root, 18.6 ov), 4-89 (R Burns, 25.5 ov), 5-134 (M Ali, 34.2 ov), 6-165 (B Foakes, 41.3 ov), 7-171 (J Butler, 46.1 ov), 8-216 (A Rashid, 61.2 ov), 9-225 (J Leach, 64.4 ov), 10-285 (S Curran, 75.4 ov)
Suranga Lakmal121441 3.67
Dilruwan Perera24.45614 2.50
Malinda Pushpakumara234893 3.87
Dhananjaya de Silva2040 2.00
Akila Dananjaya141802 5.71

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne (runout) B Stokes63125
Kaushal Silva b J Leach615
Malinda Pushpakumara c R Burns b M Ali422
Dhananjaya de Silva c B Foakes b A Rashid5998
Kusal Mendis c B Stokes b J Leach13
Angelo Mathews c B Foakes b A Rashid2042
Roshen Silva c M Ali b A Rashid85174
Niroshan Dickwella lbw by J Root2533
Dilruwan Perera lbw by J Leach1537
Akila Dananjaya lbw by M Ali3139
Suranga Lakmal not out1530
12 (b 6, lb 6)
336/10 (103 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-22 (K Silva, 7.4 ov), 2-31 (M Pushpakumara, 14.4 ov), 3-127 (D Karunarathne, 38.6 ov), 4-136 (K Mendis, 41.1 ov), 5-146 (De Silva, 46.2 ov), 6-165 (A Mathews, 54.3 ov), 7-211 (N Dickwella, 66.4 ov), 8-252 (D Perera, 79.4 ov), 9-308 (A Dananjaya, 93.2 ov), 10-336 (R Silva, 102.6 ov)
James Anderson142400 2.86
Sam Curran40190 4.75
Jack Leach295703 2.41
Moeen Ali251852 3.40
Adil Rashid222753 3.41
Joe Root80261 3.25
Ben Stokes1090 9.00

England ‘s 2nd Innings

Jack Leach lbw by D Perera111
Rory Burns lbw by M Pushpakumara5966
Keaton Jennings c D De Silva b A Dananjaya2654
Joe Root lbw by A Dananjaya124146
Ben Stokes lbw by D Perera02
Jos Butler b A Dananjaya3445
Moeen Ali lbw by A Dananjaya1014
Ben Foakes not out65119
Sam Curran b A Dananjaya01
Adil Rashid lbw by A Dananjaya213
James Anderson b D Perera1213
13 (b 4, lb 9)
346/10 (80.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (J Leach, 2.3 ov), 2-77 (K Jennings, 19.1 ov), 3-108 (R Burns, 25.5 ov), 4-109 (B Stokes, 26.3 ov), 5-183 (J Butler, 40.6 ov), 6-219 (M Ali, 46.3 ov), 7-301 (J Root, 69.2 ov), 8-301 (S Curran, 69.3 ov), 9-305 (A Rashid, 71.6 ov), 10-346 (J Anderson, 80.4 ov)
Dilruwan Perera20.42963 4.71
Malinda Pushpakumara2711011 3.74
Akila Dananjaya2501156 4.60
Dhananjaya de Silva4070 1.75
Suranga Lakmal40140 3.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne c B Foakes b A Rashid5796
Kaushal Silva st. B Foakes b J Leach46
Dhananjaya de Silva c K Jennings b J Leach110
Kusal Mendis lbw by J Leach17
Angelo Mathews lbw by M Ali88137
Roshen Silva c J Root b M Ali3795
Niroshan Dickwella c B Stokes b M Ali3543
Dilruwan Perera lbw by J Leach211
Akila Dananjaya not out828
Suranga Lakmal b M Ali02
Malinda Pushpakumara c & b J Leach19
9 (b 5, lb 4)
243/10 (74 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-14 (K Silva, 3.3 ov), 2-16 (De Silva, 5.3 ov), 3-26 (K Mendis, 7.5 ov), 4-103 (D Karunarathne, 27.6 ov), 5-176 (R Silva, 54.3 ov), 6-221 (A Mathews, 62.3 ov), 7-226 (D Perera, 65.2 ov), 8-240 (N Dickwella, 70.1 ov), 9-240 (S Lakmal, 70.3 ov), 10-243 (M Pushpakumara, 73.6 ov)
James Anderson52120 2.40
Jack Leach282835 2.96
Moeen Ali192724 3.79
Adil Rashid171521 3.06
Joe Root50150 3.00