(Reuters) – Captain Joe Root scored his next century in succession to continue to keep England afloat on a tricky, turning wicket as they reached 252 for six in their to start with innings at tea on day three of the next and last test towards Sri Lanka in Galle.
The travellers however trail the home aspect by 129 runs but the imperious Root is effectively established on 137 and will get started the closing session with a new associate soon after Sam Curran (13) was out on the stroke of the interval.
Root followed up his fantastic 228 in the to start with match with a 19th exam century, the to start with time he has reached 3 figures in consecutive tests in his job.
His innings has been built close to the amazing use of the sweep shot, which he has waged to consider the assault to the Sri Lanka bowlers.
England resumed the working day on 98 for two acquiring dropped their openers cheaply for the 3rd time in as numerous innings this series.
But Jonny Bairstow never seemed settled and fell on 28, an within edge onto his pad off the perilous home spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (5-99) looping to Oshida Fernando at limited leg.
Dan Lawrence was extraordinary on his debut in England’s seven-wicket win in the initially test but built just a few as he edged Embuldeniya to Lahiru Thirimanne at slip.
At 132 for 4, England were being teetering, but Root and Jos Buttler (55) steadied the ship with a fifth-wicket stand of 97 ahead of the latter attempted a reverse sweep that went straight into his boot and bounced to short leg, giving a to start with exam wicket for debutant spinner Ramesh Mendis.
Curran was out in the ultimate more than of the session, Embuldeniya using his fifth wicket, caught at slip.
Root failed to rating a take a look at century in 2020, the first time in his job he went a calendar year without the need of a ton, and his return to type will be welcome as England head into 4 exams in India suitable soon after this series.
Reporting by Nick Mentioned Enhancing by Robert Birsel and Nick Macfie