It has been by no suggests plain sailing on a pitch with prodigious flip, but Root’s skill in scoring all about the wicket secured him an 18th Examination century and he will resume on the third morning with Jos Buttler (7 not out).
Only 53 overs had been doable on the second day, with none at all right after tea, but they were ample for the travellers to go into what seems to be an unassailable place.
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Root, whose rating is the best for England in Sri Lanka, currently has one particular double-century in opposition to the sub-continent side following scoring 200 not out at Lord’s in 2014.
It is one particular of 3 he has to date and he will be eyeing yet another on the third morning.
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He set on a excellent fourth wicket stand of 173 with debutant Dan Lawrence, who attacked the bowling in an desirable innings of 73.
Lawrence was out as he fended at a delivery that reared off a duration from spinner Dilruwan Perera and was caught by Kusal Mendis at quick-leg.
Just after the initial 70 minutes of the working day had been shed to rain, the holidaymakers resumed on their overnight 127 for two but Jonny Bairstow was out prior to he could incorporate to his score of 47.
He prodded ahead to a shipping from still left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (3-131) and was snapped up at slip by Mendis. That finished a stand of 114 for the third wicket.
England’s guide now appears challenging, specifically immediately after the hapless display screen from the hosts on day one when they have been skittled out for 135 right after electing to bat first.
Spinner Dom Bess took vocation most effective figures of 5-30, aided by some desperately lousy strokes from the hosts, and will be even far more of a handful in the 2nd innings.