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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: 1759

Root, who hit a match-winning 228 in the first Test and started the day on 67, stood firm and consolidated for his 19th Test ton in his 99th match.


Embuldeniya struck twice early in the day with his left-arm spin, including the key wicket of Jonny Bairstow, to break a 111-run third-wicket stand with Root.

Bairstow, who added just four more to his overnight 24, was given not out by the umpire but Sri Lanka successfully reviewed the call as replays suggested the ball had grazed the bat before hitting the pad and being caught second slip.

Root reached his hundred with a single off Dilruwan Perera and raised the bat to an applauding dressing room and lone England fan standing on the ramparts of the fort overlooking the picturesque ground.

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