Despite captain Joe Root’s century, England are trailing Sri Lanka in the Gaull Test. With 1 wicket in hand at the end of the third day, they are 42 runs behind. England scored 339 for 9 at the end of the third day in reply to Sri Lanka’s 361 in the first innings. Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Lasith Ambuldenia did not allow the guests to take the lead. He took 6 wickets for 132 runs.
Joe Root left the field with regret even though he tasted the century. Due to being out for 16 runs in the second match in a row, he missed a double-century. At the end of the second day, England scored 97 runs for 2 wickets. Route 6 and Johnny Bairstow were unbeaten on 24 runs. Ambuldenia hit England in the 35th ball of the third day. Bairstow returned with just 4 runs off 63 balls and scored 26 runs in 5 fours.
Dan Lawrence could not stay on the wicket for long. He became the fourth victim of Ambuldenia and stopped for 3 runs. England lost the fourth wicket for 132 runs. After that, Root took England to a good position by averaging 97 runs off 169 balls with Josh Butler. The pair completed their 19th century in the 99th Test. Root added 23 runs with Sam Karan and 61 runs with Dom Base to take England’s score beyond 300. Butler returned with 55 off 95 balls with six fours, Karan with 13 and Base with 32.
Embuldenia took five or more wickets in the third Test against Karan. After scoring a century and a half, Root was heading towards a double-century. But he fell into the trap of run out for 18 runs. Root was dismissed as the ninth batsman for 339 runs. His 309-ball innings was sorted into 18 boundaries. At the end of the day Jack Leach is unbeaten with empty hands. Sri Lanka’s Ambuldenia took 6 wickets for 132 runs. This is the best bowling of his career.
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