SL vs ENG 2nd Test: Another masterclass from the England skipper Joe Root as he slams his 19th Test century (102* off 168), comprising 14 boundaries in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka being played at Galle. Root sweeps and reverse-sweeps for fun and has also employed the switch hit on the third day of the ongoing Test. By wristing an off-break to deep mid-wicket, the rookie right-hander removes his helmet, raises the bat, and gets a hug from his teammate Jos Buttler.
The visitors are 173/4 in their second innings and steadily taking control over the hosts on the third day of the final Test. Interestingly, no other batsman has scored more Test hundreds against Sri Lanka than Englishmen Joe Root. He is still unbeatable after notching a splendid ton on 102 whereas Buttler also gives full support from the other end by scoring runs at a brisk rate.
In reply to Sri Lanka's 381, England are already lost its four quick wickets, Lankan pacer Lasith Embuldeniya, on the other hand, is getting some purchase from the wicket and already picked all four wickets including Bairstow, and Lawrence. After that, skipper Joe Root and Bairstow stitched a gritty 111-run stand for the third wicket. Barring the occasional scare, the duo has looked in fine touch on Day 3.
Test century No.1⃣9⃣ for the England skipper, his fourth against Sri Lanka!— ICC (@ICC) January 24, 2021
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Earlier, a sensational come back by the hosts from 7/2 inside the first half an hour after opting to bat and finished at 381 in their first innings. Sri Lanka veteran Angelo Mathews led the charge, Dickwella, Perera, and Chandimal played gritty knocks down the order propelled Sri Lanka to a stiff total on Day 2. Mathews slammed his 11th Test hundred on the opening day of the second Test being played at Gabba.
James Anderson leads the England team on the back of high-class bowling efforts from the ruthless pacer in difficult conditions. Anderson was the pick of the English pacers with his impressive figures of 6/40 whereas Mark Wood took 3/84.