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Root masterclass helps England take substantial lead

England captain Joe Root has scored his first Test century in over a year as the tourists take a big lead over Sri Lanka in the rain-halted second day of the first Test in Galle.

Root scored his 18th Test hundred on Friday (January 15), remaining not out on 168 off 254 balls as rain wiped out the last session of the day. The last time Root managed to get to the three digits was back in November 2019, when he smacked 226 against New Zealand in Hamilton. He had scored fifties four times since his last century.

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Apart from Root’s unbeaten knock which is also the eighth time for the 30-year-old batsman to pass 150 runs in his Test career, debutant Dan Lawrence also made a 73-run knock off 150 balls, sharing 173-run partnership with Root to help England post 320 for four.

England now lead Sri Lanka by 185 runs. The hosts were bundled out for 135 on Thursday, with Dom Bess snaring 5-30 and seamer Stuart Broad 3-20.

England had resumed the day’s play with score of 127 for two. Only 53 overs were played in the day due to rain. Root will start Saturday alongside Jos Buttler, who is unbeaten on seven

From Sri Lanka side, Lasith Embuldeniya had some noteworthy success with the ball in hand, as he finished the day with three for 121, returning Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley and Jonny Bairstow.

After rain playing spoilsport Friday, the third day’s play is expected to begin 15 minutes early.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka 135: Bess 5-30, Broad 3-20
England 320-4: Root 168*, Lawrence 73; Embuldeniya 3-121
England lead by 185 runs.

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