Joe Root notched his first Test century in greater than a yr and Essex batsman Dan Lawrence made a formidable debut as England took management in a rain-affected first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.
Root was unbeaten on 168 off 254 balls and Lawrence made 73 off 150 balls with England cruising to 320-4 earlier than rain denied additional play on Day 2 after tea.
The touring aspect now leads by 185 runs with six wickets in hand on a wicket that has began to indicate indicators of loads of spin. England had rattled Sri Lanka for 135 in the primary innings inside the primary two periods on Thursday with off-spinner Dom Bess claiming 5-30 and Stuart Broad selecting 3-20.
Root and Lawrence defied Sri Lanka’s plans with a 173-run stand as wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella twice missed alternatives to carry onto the perimeters off Lawrence’s bat.
Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera lastly acquired the breakthrough late in the second session with the second new ball when Lawrence gloved a catch to ahead quick leg.
The Essex batsman confirmed lot of maturity in his debut take a look at together with his again foot and entrance foot drives and even performed beautiful lower photographs against spinners. He hit six fours and his debut half century additionally included a six over midwicket off Lasith Embuldeniya, Sri Lanka’s most profitable bowler at 3-131.
Earlier, Root survived Sri Lanka’s leg earlier than wicket tv referral off Perera’s second ball of the day after the beginning was delayed 70 minutes due to rain.
But Embuldeniya acquired in a single day batsman Jonny Bairstow caught in quick gully. Bairstow could not add to his in a single day 47 however added an important 114 runs together with his skipper.
Root, 66 in a single day, accomplished his 18th take a look at century and second in Sri Lanka with a single in the primary over after lunch off 163 balls with seven fours because the England captain grew in confidence.
It was Root’s first take a look at century since scoring 226 against New Zealand in Hamilton in November 2019.
Root continued to dominate the spinners and reached 150 off 225 balls when he guided Embuldeniya behind level for a single.