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Hales, Root give England advantage

Duo hit 80s as home side ends first day of second Test on a solid 310 for 6; Alastair Cook falls five short of 10,000 Test runs

Hales, Root give England advantage - Cricket News
Alex Hales scored a solid 83 before falling to Milinda Siriwardana.
There were plenty of runs and wickets at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Friday (May 27), but it was England who ended on top after the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
 
Half-centuries from Alex Hales (83) and Joe Root (80) helped the home side end the day at 310 for 6, with Moeen Ali (28 not out) and Chris Woakes (8 not out) taking the side through to stumps. Nuwan Pradeep was Sri Lanka’s best bowler, picking up 3 for 69 from 19 overs.
 
Alastair Cook, the England captain, opted to bat in overcast conditions, but failed to score the 20 runs needed to become the first England batsman to reach the landmark of 10,000 Test runs. He was dismissed for 15 by Suranga Lakmal, who was included in place of the injured Dushmantha Chameera, after a well-taken catch at second slip by Dimuth Karunaratne. Cook is now just five runs shy of the landmark.
 
Nick Compton, the new man, didn’t last long, falling to an excellent catch by Lakmal in the deep after he top-edged Pradeep. Thereafter, England was mostly in control.


 
Hales, who went on to complete his half-century in 131 balls shortly after lunch, combined with Root to put on 96 for the third wicket. Hales looked good for a century, having got into the 80s with a six off Milinda Siriwardana, but then fell to another great effort in the field, Angelo Mathews holding on to a one-handed catch after he cut Siriwardana.
 
Unperturbed, Root went on to add 59 with James Vince, and notched up his own half-century off just 70 balls. However, much like Compton, a short delivery brought about his downfall as Pradeep had him lobbing a simple catch to cover, with England 219 for 4
 
That became 227 for 5 when Vince followed suit soon after, but Sri Lanka’s upsurge was put to a stop when Jonathan Bairstow combined with Moeen Ali to add 70 for the sixth wicket. Bairstow was Man of the Match in the first Test at Headingley for a wonderful 140, and he picked up where he left off, racing to 48 off 57 balls before being caught behind for Pradeep’s third wicket.

Moeen and Woakes then saw off the rest of the day without much of a fuss.

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