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2nd ODI: Root Keeps England In Hunt At Tea, Score 252/6

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By AFP News
January 24, 2021 • 15:21 PM View: 1789

Skipper Joe Root held fort on 137 as England reached 252 for six at tea against Sri Lanka on day three of the second Test in Galle on Sunday.

The tourists still trail by 129 runs in response to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 381.

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Sri Lankan spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed his fifth wicket as he had Sam Curran caught at first slip for 13 and the umpires called for the break.

Root, who completed his second successive ton before lunch, put on 97 runs for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler before Sri Lanka broke through.

Debutant Ramesh Mendis took his first international wicket when he dismissed Buttler for 55 after the batsman's reverse sweep hit his boot and the ball lobbed for an easy catch to short leg.

Buttler survived a similar call in the morning session when replays showed his shot had hit the boot and ground, and he went on to register his 18th Test fifty.


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