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  • 5:44 PM IST

    So, That’s it from Day 2. It was a day where Rain and Root had their say. Rest all were just spectators.  Play on Day 3 will start 15 minutes early to compensate for the lost time and overs.

  • 5:40 PM IST

    Sri Lankan bowlers were better than yesterday, but hardly took any wickets to show the same. With Embuldeniya getting rid of Bairstow earlier in the morning, the Lankans would have thought of making a comeback. But their confidence was shattered as their spinners couldn’t apply the pressure on the duo of Root and Lawrence and went for easy runs. Dropping half chances also didn’t help the Lankan bowlers. Dilruwan Perera did managed to get the wicket of Lawrence, but it was a complete no show from the entire bowling group. To add to it shoddy catching rubbed salt on their wound.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    After a delay of around an hour, England began Day 2 trailing by 8 runs and with two set batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow at the crease. The latter was out on the 8th ball of the match, 3 runs short of his half century. The debutant Dan Lawrence came to the crease and acted a perfect second fiddle to his skipper. Both of them amassed a mammoth 173-run partnership for the 4th wicket. In the process, Root completed his 18th test ton while the debutant scored a well compiled 73. His innings though was cut short by Dilruwan Perera, but he impressed one and all with his temperament against the spinners. Root is still unbeaten on 168 and has Buttler for his company at the crease. The duo will look to up the ante tomorrow.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    So, Day 2 started off with rain and fittingly ends with rain playing spoilsport. Amidst the rain break, sandwiched was a Joe Root masterclass who got to his 18th Test ton and thereby taking England to a considerable lead of 185 runs.

  • 5:11 PM IST

    UPDATE 1705 local (1135 GMT) – GOOD NEWS!!! After a long delay the covers are coming off as the rain has stopped. Still hope that we will have some action before the close of play. The only concern is the fading light. The ground though would be ready in about 20 minutes but will there be enough light for the game to continue? Stay tuned as we bring you all the relevant updates.

  • 4:33 PM IST

    UPDATE 1630 local (1100 GMT) – Nothing new to update. The rain continues to pelt down more so heavily as the covers are firmly placed. Looks to be a longgggg delay. Stay tuned for the updates.

  • 3:57 PM IST

    We are back for one last time on Day 2. But sorry to say folks the players are still off the field as the ground staff comes onto the field. THE RAIN HAS ARRIVED! The entire ground is covered in Blue Tarpaulins. A Thunderstorm was expected around 4 pm and it has arrived. The news is that the rain has eased but it is heavily overcast and there are chances that we might be in for a delay. Stay tuned for the updates.

  • 3:50 PM IST

    … DAY 2, SESSION 3 …

  • 3:46 PM IST

    The lead for England is nearing the 200-run mark. Sri Lanka would want to see the back of Joe Root as quickly as possible in the final session as Root and Buttler can take the game away from them in no time. Buttler is still new to the crease as the Lankans would not want this partnership to grow. An interesting final session of the other side of this break in about 20 minutes. Stay tuned. 

  • 3:43 PM IST

    Sri Lankan bowlers toiled hard but were unable to get past the duo of Root and Lawrence. A half chance of Lawrence was spilled down by Kusal Mendis at second slip. They took the new ball and finally Dilruwan Perera was rewarded with the wicket of Lawrence. The pitch has been slow but the Sri Lankan spinners have not been able to put pressure on the English batsmen.

  • 3:39 PM IST

    Just after Lunch, Root completed his 18th Test ton and his partner Dan Lawrence played beautifully to bring up his maiden half century. Both of them were involved in a massive 173-run partnership. The debutant looked good for his century but was out caught at short leg off Dilruwan Perera. Buttler joined his skipper in the middle and has kept the scoreboard ticking. Root, meanwhile has been unbeaten on 168, and would like to get a double here.

  • 3:37 PM IST

    It has been England’s session completely. Joe Root and the debutant Lawrence got to their respective milestones and have put England in a commanding position. 114 runs have been scored and just 1 wicket has been lost by England.

  • 3:36 PM IST

    93.6 Dilruwan Perera to Jos Buttler, no run, Floated on off, pushed to the off side. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 2!

  • 3:35 PM IST

    93.5 Dilruwan Perera to Jos Buttler, no run, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

  • 3:35 PM IST

    93.4 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, 1 run, Tossed up on middle, Root continues his sweeping act as he gets one through to deep square leg for a single.

  • 3:35 PM IST

    The physio comes on to have some checks on Mendis. It is not a good sign that Mendis is going off the field. Was hit hard on the shoulder. That could have pinged him badly. Hope he is fine.

  • 3:32 PM IST

    93.3 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, no run, And once again it is tossed up on leg, Root sweeps and hits short leg on shoulder. Kusal Mendis is down on his back as Root too has a check on him.

  • 3:32 PM IST

    93.2 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, no run, Tossed up on middle, Root sweeps it but finds short leg.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    93.1 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, no run, Tossed up on middle,  Root prods forward and gets it off the inner half to short leg.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    92.6 Lasith Embuldeniya to Jos Buttler, no run, Tossed up outside off, Buttler lets it go.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    92.5 Lasith Embuldeniya to Jos Buttler, 2 runs, Around off, Buttler pushes this one through the covers and comes back for a couple of runs.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    92.4 Lasith Embuldeniya to Jos Buttler, no run, Flaoted around off, Buttler defends this on the off side.

  • 3:29 PM IST

    92.3 Lasith Embuldeniya to Jos Buttler, no run, Around off, pushed towards covers for no run.

  • 3:29 PM IST

    92.2 Lasith Embuldeniya to Jos Buttler, no run, NOT OUT!  Floated ball around middle, turns away sharply. Buttler looks to defend but misses and the ball goes through to Dickella Huge appeal there by the Lankans, but the umpire is unmoved. They opt for the review. Replays are in and Ultra edge shows nothing and the original decsion stays. 

  • 3:27 PM IST

    92.2 Review for caught behind by Sri Lanka taken! It is a fair delivery as the front on spin vision comes on. The Ultra Edge comes on and there is a flat line when the ball passes the bat. Another review lost by Sri Lanka just the ove remains now.

  • 3:26 PM IST

    92.1 Lasith Embuldeniya to Joe Root, 1 run, Shortish outside off, Root pushes this one through the point area for a single.

  • 3:26 PM IST

    91.6 Dilruwan Perera to Jos Buttler, no run, BEATEN! Tossed up angled away from Buttler who looks to push it off the back foot but is beaten on the outside edge.

  • 3:25 PM IST

    91.5 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, 1 run, Once again floats one on leg, Root plays the sweep towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

  • 3:23 PM IST

    91.4 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, no run, Floats on middle, Root brings out the sweep once again but finds Kusal Mendis in line of fire there as he takes the blow onto his hand.

  • 3:23 PM IST

    91.3 Dilruwan Perera to Joe Root, no run,  Tossed up on leg, Root forces it away from the body to mid-wicket.

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