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15-Jan-2021 12:52:00 GMT
SL vs Eng - 1st Test, Galle, day 2

Joe Root, Dan Lawrence put England on top

England 320 for 4 (Root 168*, Lawrence 73, Embuldeniya 3-131) lead Sri Lanka 135 (Bess 5-30, Broad 3-20) by 185 runs

Galle: Skipper Joe Root led from the front as he hit a scintillating century to put England in firm control on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Friday.

At stumps, England's score reads 320/4, with Root (168) and Jos Buttler's (7) partnership interrupted by rain.

With play ending early, England's lead reads 185 runs with six wickets in the bag.

Resuming the innings at 127/2, England witnessed a poor start as Jonny Bairstow was sent back to the pavilion by Lasith Embuldeniya in the second over of the day.

Captain Root was then joined by Dan Lawrence.

The duo played brilliantly and took the team over the 200-run mark, with Root completing his 18th Test century.

Soon after that, Lawrence scored his fifty as England grew in confidence against a home-team attack that lacked bite.

The duo stitched a 173-run partnership before Dilruwan Perera removed Lawrence (73).

Jos Buttler then came out to bat, however, a few overs later, rain hampered the game. Due to persistent rain, play did not resume and England will now resume day three from 320/4.

On the opening day, England bowlers put on a stunning show as Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 135. Dom Bess picked five wickets while Stuart Broad scalped three wickets.

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