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Root ton gives England 200-plus lead in second Test

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England captain Joe Root celebrates after scoring a century during the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on November 16, 2018 (AFP pic)

KANDY: England skipper Joe Root hit an attacking century to counter Sri Lanka’s spin and push the tourists’ second-innings lead past 200 in the second Test on Friday.

Root took on the spin challenge to register his 15th Test ton soon after the tea break as he raised his bat to a standing ovation from travelling English fans in Kandy.

The tourists were 264 for six, stretching their lead to 218 after one over of the final session with Ben Foakes, on 19, batting alongside Root, on 103 off 121 deliveries.

The star batsman built crucial partnerships including a 74-run fifth wicket stand with Jos Buttler, who made 34. England leads the three-match series 1-0.

Root, along with other England batsmen, used the sweep and reverse sweep to great effect despite Akila Dananjaya taking two of his three wickets in a fast-paced second session of play….

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