Joe ‘Fantastic’ Root lifts England with a memorable ton

Sri Lanka vs. England 2nd Test - Day 03

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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.









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Full Scorecard

England

290/10 & 346/10

(80.4 overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

336/10 & 243/10

(74 overs)

England ‘s 1st Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
7 (b 4, lb 3)
Total
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)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 12 1 44 1 3.67
Dilruwan Perera 24.4 5 61 4 2.50
Malinda Pushpakumara 23 4 89 3 3.87
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 0 4 0 2.00
Akila Dananjaya 14 1 80 2 5.71

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
12 (b 6, lb 6)
Total
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)
Bowling O M R W E
James Anderson 14 2 40 0 2.86
Sam Curran 4 0 19 0 4.75
Jack Leach 29 5 70 3 2.41
Moeen Ali 25 1 85 2 3.40
Adil Rashid 22 2 75 3 3.41
Joe Root 8 0 26 1 3.25
Ben Stokes 1 0 9 0 9.00

England ‘s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
13 (b 4, lb 9)
Total
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)
Bowling O M R W E
Dilruwan Perera 20.4 2 96 3 4.71
Malinda Pushpakumara 27 1 101 1 3.74
Akila Dananjaya 25 0 115 6 4.60
Dhananjaya de Silva 4 0 7 0 1.75
Suranga Lakmal 4 0 14 0 3.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
9 (b 5, lb 4)
Total
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)
Bowling O M R W E
James Anderson 5 2 12 0 2.40
Jack Leach 28 2 83 5 2.96
Moeen Ali 19 2 72 4 3.79
Adil Rashid 17 1 52 1 3.06
Joe Root 5 0 15 0 3.00