Captain of england Which root The Indians scored a century here on Sunday by presenting another good example of their mastery of playing on spinners friendly pitches in the subcontinent but Lesith Ambuldenia maintained Sri Lanka’s hopes of gaining the first innings lead of the second Test cricket with seven wickets. England had scored 339 for nine at the end of the third day’s play and were still 42 runs behind Sri Lanka, who had scored 381 in their first innings.
Root hit his 19th Test century. He added 111 runs for the third wicket with Johnny Bairstow (28) to lift the team from the opening shaking. Root then made useful partnerships with Jose Butler (55) for 97 runs for the fifth wicket and 81 runs for the eighth wicket with Dom Bas (32). Apart from Ambuldenia for Sri Lanka, off-spinner Ramesh Mendis, playing his first Test match, got success. He took his first Test wicket as Butler.
Root then stepped to the crease while both England openers returned to the pavilion and the score was five for two. England had scored 98 for two at the end of the second day’s play on Saturday, and Root was then playing 67 runs. The wicket was getting a lot of turn and hence Root took more vigil on Sunday morning. England lost two wickets in the first session. A. Both wickets were taken by left-arm spinner Ambuldenia.
Ambuldenia bowled continuously for one and a half hours from one end in the morning and meanwhile dismissed Bairstow and Daniel Lawrence (three). Ambuldenia had Bairstow caught by Oshada Fernando in the second slip in the sixth over of the morning. The umpire turned down the appeal but Sri Lanka resorted to DRS and its decision was proved correct. Lawrence was seen battling spin balls from the beginning. He caught Lahiru Thirimane in the first slip.
Thirimane has taken five catches in the innings which is a Sri Lankan record. Playing his 99th Test match, Root had no problem in front of the spin. He scored a century in his second consecutive Test match with a run over Dilruwan Perera. Ambuldenia took its fifth wicket in the form of Sam Curren (13) just before the tea break. After this, he also caught Dom Bess and Mark Wood (one) with Thirimanne. Jack Leach was at the crease when the stump was uprooted. He had not opened an account yet. England are leading 1-0 in the series, winning the first Test by seven wickets.