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Captain Root records highest score by an Englishman in Sri Lanka

England Tour of Sri Lanka 2021

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England stood well ahead of the host with a lead of 185 runs and 6 wickets in hand at the end of day two of the 1st Test between the two teams.

The Sri Lankans were given a roast of a day at the centre as the English gave no room for error to the host. Their batting was of high standards and played spin exceptionally well for a visiting team.

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The Lankans struck very early in the day as Embuldeniya found the edge of Jonny Bairstow shortly after the commencement of play. 

From thereon, a mammoth 173-run partnership between the Skipper Joe Root and the debutant Dan Lawrence saw England to a commanding position in the game. The Skipper stood unbeaten on 168 runs – The highest score by an Englishman on Lankan soil – by close of play. 

Root was flawless on the crease and his footwork was impeccable to negate the spin. He swept like an Asian and made his batting look completely at home. 

The rookie too showed brilliant character as he did not show any signs of hesitation right from the start of his innings. The right-hander made a stroke-filled 73 runs with 6 fours and a six. He was dismissed by a ripper from Dilruwan Perera, which shot up steeply off the surface while turning square, and found the short-leg fielder off Dan’s gloves. 

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The Lankan bowlers were very disciplined with their line and length. They crowded a single area in the pitch and kept things tight. However, final credits went to the Englishmen as they were on top of the game today. 

Lasith Embuldeniya was the leader of the wicket column with 3 wickets to his name, among which 2 came today. Dilruwan Perera chipped in with a wicket for his merits. 

The day did not see any play post-tea as rain cut it short. The English will look to post a formidable total to try and not bat again in this game. However, the Sri Lankans have a good record of fighting back at Galle and will look to clinch away the much-wanted victory to end frustration within the camp. 

Result


South Africa
302/10 (75.4) & 67/0 (13.2)

Sri Lanka
157/10 (40.3) & 211/10 (56.5)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 2 32 0 0 6.25
Kusal Perera c Aiden Markram b Wiaan Mulder 60 67 11 0 89.55
Lahiru Thirimanne c Faf du Plessis b Wiaan Mulder 17 30 3 0 56.67
Kusal Mendis c Rassie van der Dussen b Wiaan Mulder 0 4 0 0 0.00
Minod Bhanuka c Rassie van der Dussen b Anrich Nortje 5 10 1 0 50.00
Niroshan Dickwella c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 7 10 1 0 70.00
Dasun Shanaka c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 4 17 0 0 23.53
Wanindu Hasaranga c Quinton de Kock b Lutho Sipamla 29 27 5 0 107.41
Dushmantha Chameera c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 22 29 4 0 75.86
Vishwa Fernando not out 2 11 0 0 18.18
Asitha Fernando b Anrich Nortje 4 6 1 0 66.67


Extras 5 (b 0 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 157/10 (40.3 Overs, RR: 3.88)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lungi Ngidi 10 3 44 0 4.40
Anrich Nortje 14.3 1 56 6 3.92
Lutho Sipamla 9 3 27 1 3.00
Wiaan Mulder 7 3 25 3 3.57
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c Lahiru Thirimanne b Dushmantha Chameera 127 163 22 0 77.91
Aiden Markram c Kusal Mendis b Asitha Fernando 5 21 0 0 23.81
Rassie van der Dussen c Niroshan Dickwella b Dasun Shanaka 67 127 12 0 52.76
Quinton de Kock c Kusal Mendis b Vishwa Fernando 10 20 1 0 50.00
Faf du Plessis c Niroshan Dickwella b Dasun Shanaka 8 15 1 0 53.33
Temba Bavuma lbw b Vishwa Fernando 19 30 3 1 63.33
Wiaan Mulder lbw b Vishwa Fernando 7 17 1 0 41.18
Keshav Maharaj c Niroshan Dickwella b Asitha Fernando 2 8 0 0 25.00
Anrich Nortje c Kusal Mendis b Vishwa Fernando 13 16 2 0 81.25
Lutho Sipamla c Dasun Shanaka b Vishwa Fernando 5 19 1 0 26.32
Lungi Ngidi not out 14 18 3 0 77.78


Extras 25 (b 8 , lb 14 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)
Total 302/10 (75.4 Overs, RR: 3.99)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 23.4 0 101 5 4.32
Asitha Fernando 19 5 61 2 3.21
Dushmantha Chameera 14 1 53 1 3.79
Dasun Shanaka 15 4 42 2 2.80
Wanindu Hasaranga 4 0 23 0 5.75
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne c Wiaan Mulder b Anrich Nortje 103 128 19 0 80.47
Kusal Perera b Lungi Ngidi 1 7 0 0 14.29
Lahiru Thirimanne c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 31 57 7 0 54.39
Kusal Mendis c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 0 1 0 0 0.00
Minod Bhanuka c Keshav Maharaj b Anrich Nortje 1 7 0 0 14.29
Niroshan Dickwella c Temba Bavuma b Lungi Ngidi 36 68 6 0 52.94
Dasun Shanaka c Lutho Sipamla b Wiaan Mulder 8 24 1 0 33.33
Wanindu Hasaranga b Lutho Sipamla 16 32 2 0 50.00
Dushmantha Chameera c Quinton de Kock b Lutho Sipamla 0 10 0 0 0.00
Vishwa Fernando not out 1 7 0 0 14.29
Asitha Fernando b Lutho Sipamla 0 2 0 0 0.00


Extras 14 (b 9 , lb 2 , nb 2, w 1, pen 0)
Total 211/10 (56.5 Overs, RR: 3.71)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lungi Ngidi 15 5 44 4 2.93
Anrich Nortje 19 2 64 2 3.37
Wiaan Mulder 13 3 52 1 4.00
Lutho Sipamla 9.5 1 39 3 4.11


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar not out 31 27 5 0 114.81
Aiden Markram not out 36 53 4 0 67.92


Extras 0 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 67/0 (13.2 Overs, RR: 5.03)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 4 0 23 0 5.75
Asitha Fernando 4 1 20 0 5.00
Wanindu Hasaranga 2.2 0 16 0 7.27
Dasun Shanaka 3 1 8 0 2.67