Root makes 168* as tourists build big lead...

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Root makes 168* as tourists build big lead

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:38 PM, 15 January 2021  

Root makes 168* as tourists build big lead

Root makes 168* as tourists build big lead

Skipper Joe Root scored an unbeaten 168 as England built a substantial lead over host Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test in Galle.

Debutant Dan Lawrence made 73, adding 173 with Root to help the tourists close on 320-4, a lead of 185.

Although rain allowed only 53 overs in the day - the start was delayed by 70 minutes and no play was possible after tea - Root and Lawrence batted into England a position of total dominance.

Root played beautifully for his 18th Test century, his first since November 2019.

He will resume on Saturday alongside Jos Buttler, who is unbeaten on seven, and will be aiming to declare and bat only once on a pitch that is already breaking up and offering increasing turn and bounce.

Play will start 15 minutes earlier at 04:15 GMT on Saturday.

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