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Sri Lanka starts strongly after Root’s double century

Visitors end second day at 140 for 1 in reply to England’s 575 for 9 declared

Sri Lanka starts strongly after Root’s double century - Cricket News
Joe Root of England celebrates after reaching his double century.
Joe Root's maiden double hundred gave England a big advantage in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's after England declared its innings on 575 for 9, but Sri Lanka fought back well to reach 140 for 1 at stumps on day two on Friday (June 13). The Sri Lankans are still 435 runs behind and need a further 235 to avoid following on.
 
Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunaratne for 38 as Chris Jordan, the debutant, claimed a wicket in his first over of Test cricket.
 
But Kaushal Silva added 82 runs for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara as Sri Lanka ended on a positive note after a tough start.
 
Earlier, Root became only the second Englishman, after Jonathan Trott, to score a double hundred against Sri Lanka and helped his team to its highest score against the Sri Lankans, surpassing their 551 for 6 declared made in 2006.
 
Shaminda Eranga, the seamer, threatened to help Sri Lanka regain the initiative when he bowled a good spell in the morning session where he had two wickets in quick succession.
 
Bowling with a leg slip and a short leg in place, Eranga bowled short and had Matt Prior caught at short leg by Silva for 86 and another short ball accounted for Jordan. Eranga finished with 3 for 163 in 30 overs.
 
Stuart Broad made 47 off 38 deliveries with nine fours and added 64 runs for the eighth wicket with Root before Nuwan Pradeep claimed his wicket, and two balls later Pradeep should have had Liam Plunkett, but the chance was put down by Eranga at midwicket. Root and Plunkett then added 81 runs for the ninth wicket.
 
After Plunkett’s dismissal, James Anderson gave Root company, and Root lapped Rangana Herath for two to reach his double century in just over five hours and England declared immediately afterwards.

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