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Sri Lanka v England, second Test: Root ton gives England control

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

England take on Sri Lanka in the second Test at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, with the tourists 1-0 up in the series after victory in Galle.


Joe Root is inching towards a fifteenth Test match hundred as England try and set Sri Lanka a competitive target in the second Test at Kandy.

Rory Burns led from the front in the opening session, scoring his first Test half-century before falling lbw to a Malinda Pushpakumara delivery.

While Ben Stokes departed without scoring, a 72 run partnership between Root and Jos Buttler kept England afloat.

Buttler departed for 34, playing on to an Akila Dananjaya delivery, but Root remains at the crease on 98 not out with Ben Foakes in support.

At tea, England lead by 213 runs with four wickets in hand.

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