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Day three report: England captain Joe Root hit a superb century to place his crew in a robust place of their quest for a series-clinching victory on the third day of the second check in opposition to Sri Lanka on Friday.
Opener Rory Burns had earlier struck his maiden fifty as England, who lead the three-match sequence 1-Zero after final week’s win in Galle, reached 324 for 9 of their second innings at stumps, a lead of 278 on a pitch providing loads of flip.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, taking part in his second check, additional stretched England’s lead after the dismissal of Root for 124 and was unbeaten on 51 with James Anderson 4 not out when dangerous mild and rain introduced an finish to the day’s play.
Root and Foakes added 82 for the seventh wicket, dampening Sri Lanka’s hopes of limiting England’s result in a manageable goal at Pallekele after lowering them to 219-6 at one stage.
Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect bowling motion after the Galle check however is free to play, notched up career-best figures of 6-106 however his third-five wicket haul in solely his fifth check would possibly nonetheless show insufficient.
When play resumed within the morning, the vacationers misplaced nightwatchman Jack Leach for one within the second over of the day, bringing common openers Burns and Keaton Jennings collectively.
Whereas Burns checked out ease in opposition to Sri Lanka’s spinners together with his nimble footwork, Jennings opted to utilise the reverse sweep to thwart the risk.
The duo added 73 earlier than Jennings’ most efficient shot introduced an finish to his knock for 26, the ball clipping the batsman’s glove earlier than carrying to the slip fielder Dhananjaya de Silva for a easy catch.
Burns, taking part in in his second check, hit seven boundaries in his knock and was out leg earlier than for 59 to Malinda Pushpakumara whereas attempting to comb the left-arm spinner. The batsman reviewed the choice however was unsuccessful.
England suffered an additional jolt within the subsequent over when all-rounder Ben Stokes additionally fell leg earlier than, for a duck, lacking a sweep in opposition to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.
Stokes, who confronted simply two deliveries, additionally opted to go for a evaluate however misplaced it.
Root, who obtained a reprimand and one demerit level from the Worldwide Cricket Council on Thursday for a present of dissent, and Jos Buttler regarded to assault the spinners throughout their stand of 74 to provide England the higher hand.
Buttler’s entertaining knock of 34 got here to a untimely finish when he dragged spinner Akila Dananjaya on to his stumps with an tried reverse sweep.
Moeen Ali additionally didn’t final lengthy and was out leg earlier than to Dananjaya, however Root appeared unmoved by the autumn of wickets round him.
He introduced up a deserving 15th check hundred with 10 fours and two sixes in his knock, utilizing the sweep shot to good impact in opposition to Sri Lanka’s sluggish bowling assault.
Root leapt for pleasure and punched the air after reaching the three-figure mark with a streaky boundary.
Dananjaya eliminated Root and Sam Curran, who smashed 64 within the first innings, in consecutive deliveries and in addition dismissed Adil Rashid, who was unlucky to be given out lbw as replays confirmed he had bought an edge.
With inputs from Reuters
Printed Date: November 17, 2018
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