Root hits 168 but rain plays spoilsport in Galle

2021-01-15 at 18:07

England’s march towards a commanding first innings lead in the First Test against Sri Lanka was interrupted by persistent rains over Galle skies.

Only 53 overs were possible on the second day of the match due to a delayed start and an early conclusion to the proceedings.

No play was possible after tea, as England finished on 320 for 4 at stumps, with a lead of 185 runs.

Skipper Joe Root remained unbeaten on 168 as he notched up his 18th Test century during the post lunch session.

Jos Butler was on 7 at stumps. Only two wickets fell during the day with one each to Lasith Embuldeniya and Dilruwan Perera.

Perera dismissed debutant Dan Lawrence for 73 while during the morning session Embuldeniya removed overnight batsman Jonny Bairstow for 47.

Root and Lawrence put on 173 for the fourth wicket while Root and Bristow put on 114 for the third wicket to provide an early advantage for the visitors who are seeking back-to-back series victories in Sri Lanka.

Embuldeniya ended the day with figures of 3 for 131 while Perera picked up a solitary wicket conceding 82 runs. England resumed the day on 127 for 2 after they dismissed the hosts for a paltry 135 yesterday.

Dinesh Chandimal top scored with 28 in the first innings while for the visitors Dom Bess picked up 5 for 30.

The Day Three of the First test is expected to start at 9.45am tomorrow.