Joe Root hit an impressive 186 however his dismissal from the ultimate ball of the third day left Sri Lanka with a small advantage within the second Test in Galle.
Root, UN agency scored 228 within the 1st Test, was fantastically run out by Oshada Fernando at short leg to go away England 339-9.
The England skipper had LED the tourists’ recovery from 132-4 to a foothold wherever they closed simply forty two runs adrift of Sri Lanka. Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took a stimulating 7-132 for the hosts.
The 24-year-old, taking part in in exactly his ninth check, discharged Dom Bess and Mark Wood within the final 0.5 hour as Sri Lanka finished powerfully on each day otherwise dominated by Root. The right-hander placed on ninety seven with Jos Buttler, UN agency created fifty five, and shared a vital stand of eighty one for the seventh wicket with Bess.
Root’s innings – one amongst the best of his career – saw him become the primary England check player since David Gower in 1985 to follow a double hundred with a score in way over a hundred and fifty. It prevented England acquiescence a major first-innings deficit however, with him discharged, Sri Lanka may still take a helpful lead into their second innings. England lead the two-Test series 1-0.