Will 186 from Joe Root going to help England or it will in the vain after two days from here. Earlier, after winning the toss the hosts (Sri Lanka) decided to bat first at the deciding game of 2-match test series. From the early hiccups at the score of 7/2 to 243/6 to 381 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka must be happy with their efforts put by the batsman and lower order talender.
Mathews (110), Dickwella (92), Dilruwan Perera (67), Chandimal (52) and Thirimanne (43) consodalited knocks rescue Sri Lanka from the early collapse. From England, the frontline bowler James Anderson return with 6 wickets for 40 runs to restrict the hosts before they were going for big score. Like Sri Lanka, England were out cheaply at the score of 5/2.
The man with the golden form of his career, Joe Root take the stage and produced another class innings (186) of his calibre against spin and slow pitches of subcontinent tracks. Root hold the one end alongside other players the rescue England from the trap of hosts where every other England batsman struggled to score runs.
Jos Butler (55) was the other England batsman after Joe Root (186) highest run scorer before England first innings come to an end after 344 runs. Lasith Embuldeniya seized 7 wickets was the higest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the first innings. With the lead of 37 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka on day 4 morning start their second innings and look to give at least 360 plus target in the fourth innings of a match to level the series.
While England, look to bowl them as early as possible to white wash the hosts before the series against team India in the next month. In case they can go draw also when target seems to be out of reach.