England 181 for 4 (Root 105*, Buttler 30*) trail Sri Lanka 381 (Mathews 110, Dickwella 92, Dilruwan 67, Chandimal 52, Anderson 6-40) by 200 runs
Joe Root’s masterclass in how to play spin kept England in the contest against Sri Lanka as left-armer Lasith Embuldeniya continued to cause them all sorts of problems on the third morning in Galle.
Root, player of the match in England’s seven-wicket victory in the first Test with a double-ton at the same ground, defied his team’s woes with the bat in the second Test to bring up his century, heading to lunch unbeaten on 105 with England still trailing by 200 runs.
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