Joe Root raises the tempo as England sweep towards commanding lead

Tea England 285 and 259 for 6 (Root 98 *, Foakes 194 *) lead Sri Lanka 336 (Silva 85, Karunaratne 63, of Silva 59) for 213 runs [19659003] Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Joe Root's century took England's lead over 200 on the third day in Pallekele.

Root has often spoken of his desire for his side to take a positive approach on this tour. and put your words in action here. By producing something like a master class on how to play the spinning ball, Root swept, lowered the pitch, used his fold and ran hard to help his side gain a significant advantage in a dry field that now offers substantial assistance to the bowlers. It is the fifteenth century of Root, but only his room abroad.

Regardless of what you think of the method of England, whether wise, practical or based on an innate distrust of your own defense, it is wonderfully entertaining. Here, they have scored something around four and a half more for most of the day, reacting to adversity when trying to hit the bowlers and rely on their own set of punches.

The flip side of this positivity is that it tends to involve risk. And, by tea, England had lost six windows; All of them trying to sweep. The end result was that, by entering the final session, England had turned a deficit of 46 into an advantage in 213. A convincing test, with a change of fortune from one side to the other as often as a break for a drink , you still have to make a final decision. turn. We could meet a classic.

Maybe England is a little more confident. There were signs in the afternoon session that the playing field was beginning to behave more unpredictably. One or two balls began to slip away; one or two more began to retreat. While those deliveries were generally far from the danger area, batting seems unlikely to be easier.

So well did Root's bat that, at times, it made the pitch seem irreproachable. If he was jumping the field and knocking down Dilruwan Perera for six over Midwicket or punching Akila Dananjaya for six more over his head, Root was confident. He scored 50 on 50 balls in the hour after lunch, sweeping the reverse with power, selecting the holes in the field with skill and turning the shot with such relentless assurance that England picked up 128 runs in the session. With Jos Buttler, who contributed an increasingly fluid 34, added 74 in 14.3 shots for the fifth field.

Previously, Rory Burns had set the tone for England with an impressive maiden match of half a century. Burns' aggression seemed to mistreat the Sri Lankans as he swept with power, wore his feet very well and ran like a leopard among the shutters.

Despite having lost the night watchman, Jack Leach, on the second day of the day, Lanka reviewed the original decision of no exit: Burns and Keaton Jennings batted with such positivity that they added 73 in 17 passes for the second wicket.

In an attempt to defend the boundaries, gaps appeared in the field that allowed singles to be chosen with an exasperating ease from a Sri Lankan perspective. And with sweeps interspersed with clips and units, some of Sri Lanka's bowling pins became a little jagged. For the first time, but surely not for the last time, the absence of Rangana Herath stung.

Finally, the reverse sweep was Jennings' downfall. When trying to revert Akila, he could only connect with his glove from where the ball bounced on his shoulder and towards the outfielder. Then, Burns and Ben Stokes failed attempts to sweep Sri Lanka back into the game. To make matters worse for England, both men squandered revisions in optimistic attempts to nullify decisions.

Although Buttler was not sure at first, after reaching fifty in the first innings, he seemed reluctant to play the shot at the beginning in his second – he gradually found his feet and helped Root to stretch the lead. And while I was in the bowling alley, trying, of course, a reverse sweep, and Moeen Ali had the bad luck of being judged before, Root was so dominant that England kept attacking.


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