Root hits double century, Lanka struggle again

Galle, January 16

England captain Joe Root scored a double-century but Sri Lanka began a spirited fightback to close Day 3 of the first Test on 156 for two in their second innings, and now they trail the visitors by 130 runs.

Opener Lahiru Thirimanne anchored the Sri Lanka innings with an unbeaten 76 and will resume on Sunday morning with nightwatchman Lasith Embuldeniya (0). It was a vastly improved effort on the home side’s first innings score of 135, as they chase down England’s first innings total of 421. — TNS

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