SL vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Joe Root's marathon 186 takes England closer to SL total

Sri Lanka vs England: Anderson-led English pace attack restricted Sri Lanka to 381 in their first innings. In reply, skipper Joe Root notched another masterpiece 186 off 309, but eventually got run-out in the final over of Day 3.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 24, 2021 18:56 IST
SL vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Joe Root's marathon 186 takes England closer to SL total
England skipper Joe Root departs after playing a marathon 186-run knock

SL vs ENG 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: Day 3: Stumps - England trail by 42 runs

Sri Lanka - 381 (Mathews 110, Dickwella 92; Anderson 6/40 Wood 3/84)

England - 339/9 (Joe Root 186, Josh Buttler 55; Embuldeniya 7/132)

Sri Lanka taking control slowly but steadily at the end of another enthralling day as the tourists chase down Sri Lanka's 381 in the first innings of the second Test in Galle. England skipper Joe Root walks back dejected and to be fair to him, he looked very exhausted in the last half-an-hour of play. However, the day belongs to England skipper Joe Root, who notched another masterpiece - 186 off 309 balls and all other batters played around him, but eventually got run-out in the final over of the day.

Sri Lanka reduces England to 339/9 at Stumps on Day 3, the visitors still trail by 42 runs. For Sri Lanka, Lasith Embuldeniya reclaimed his best bowling figures (7 for 132) in Test cricket and his bowling could well be the deciding factor as the match has been progressed. Before that, Sri Lanka will have to knock off the last wicket and post a challenging total at the end of Day 3.

With a mere lead of 42, England will eye for the 350-run mark tomorrow. While the hosts would look to pick up the final wicket as soon as possible on Day 4 and then try to build a sizeable lead.

The scorecard reflects a bit of a fightback from the Lankans, England dominated the day by breaking the trend of 'losing wickets inside the first hour of a session', and with Root holding one end, the scorecard kept ticking with handy contributions from Jos Buttler and Dom Bess. The others did well to stick around and that has allowed the Root's marathon 186-run knock to took England closer to Sri Lanka's total.

Earlier, the hosts made a sensational come back from 7/2 inside the first half an hour after opting to bat and finished at 381 in their first innings. 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. 

James Anderson leads the England side 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.