Sri Lanka begin first Test fight-back after Root’s double century | Cricket News
Opener Lahiru Thirimanne anchored the Sri Lanka innings with an unbeaten 76 and can resume on Sunday morning with nightwatchman Lasith Embuldeniya, who has but to attain.
It was a vastly improved effort on the house facet’s first innings rating of 135, as they chase down England’s first innings complete of 421.
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Kusal Perera (62) was the primary wicket to fall, caught at deep level by Jack Leach after attempting to launch seamer Sam Curran to the boundary.
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Spinner Leach then had the out-of-form Kusal Mendis caught by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for 15 shortly earlier than dangerous mild took the gamers from the sphere.
Root will likely be upset his facet didn’t make additional inroads on a turning wicket, nevertheless it was nonetheless a memorable day for him as he introduced up his fourth Check double-ton with a rating of 228.
He additionally turned the seventh English batsman to cross 8,000 Check runs however was the final man out, caught on the mid-on boundary off spinner Dilruwan Perera (4-109), whose wonderful efficiency on the third morning stored England considerably in examine.
Root’s management and skill to comb Sri Lanka’s spinners pointed to a powerful return to type after he went all through 2020 with out reaching three figures.
England resumed the third morning on 320 for 4 as Root and Buttler (30) scored 52 runs in fast time earlier than Sri Lanka acquired a little bit of luck.
A large six from Root into the stands left the ball out of form. When it was changed, the house facet abruptly discovered motion that had been missing as much as that time.
Seamer Asitha Fernando (2-44) eliminated Buttler and Curran in successive balls, earlier than Dom Bess was run out in a mix-up with Root because the guests misplaced three wickets for 10 runs.
Perera then eliminated the ultimate three batsmen as the house facet picked up six wickets for 101 extra runs within the morning session.