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.
290/10 & 346/10
336/10 & 243/10
England ‘s 1st Innings
|Rory Burns||c D De Silva b A Dananjaya||43||81|
|Keaton Jennings||c N Dickwella b S Lakmal||1||8|
|Ben Stokes||lbw by D Perera||19||27|
|Joe Root||b M Pushpakumara||14||23|
|Jos Butler||c D Karunarathne b M Pushpakumara||63||67|
|Moeen Ali||lbw by M Pushpakumara||10||23|
|Ben Foakes||c D De Silva b D Perera||19||23|
|Sam Curran||c D Karunarathne b D Perera||64||119|
|Adil Rashid||lbw by D Perera||31||52|
|Jack Leach||b A Dananjaya||7||13|
|James Anderson||not out||7||12|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||2||0||4||0||2.00|
Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings
|Dimuth Karunarathne||(runout) B Stokes||63||125|
|Kaushal Silva||b J Leach||6||15|
|Malinda Pushpakumara||c R Burns b M Ali||4||22|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c B Foakes b A Rashid||59||98|
|Kusal Mendis||c B Stokes b J Leach||1||3|
|Angelo Mathews||c B Foakes b A Rashid||20||42|
|Roshen Silva||c M Ali b A Rashid||85||174|
|Niroshan Dickwella||lbw by J Root||25||33|
|Dilruwan Perera||lbw by J Leach||15||37|
|Akila Dananjaya||lbw by M Ali||31||39|
|Suranga Lakmal||not out||15||30|
England ‘s 2nd Innings
|Jack Leach||lbw by D Perera||1||11|
|Rory Burns||lbw by M Pushpakumara||59||66|
|Keaton Jennings||c D De Silva b A Dananjaya||26||54|
|Joe Root||lbw by A Dananjaya||124||146|
|Ben Stokes||lbw by D Perera||0||2|
|Jos Butler||b A Dananjaya||34||45|
|Moeen Ali||lbw by A Dananjaya||10||14|
|Ben Foakes||not out||65||119|
|Sam Curran||b A Dananjaya||0||1|
|Adil Rashid||lbw by A Dananjaya||2||13|
|James Anderson||b D Perera||12||13|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||4||0||7||0||1.75|
Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c B Foakes b A Rashid||57||96|
|Kaushal Silva||st. B Foakes b J Leach||4||6|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c K Jennings b J Leach||1||10|
|Kusal Mendis||lbw by J Leach||1||7|
|Angelo Mathews||lbw by M Ali||88||137|
|Roshen Silva||c J Root b M Ali||37||95|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c B Stokes b M Ali||35||43|
|Dilruwan Perera||lbw by J Leach||2||11|
|Akila Dananjaya||not out||8||28|
|Suranga Lakmal||b M Ali||0||2|
|Malinda Pushpakumara||c & b J Leach||1||9|