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Patna : England were 339/9 in 114.2 overs in their first innings at stumps on Day 3 in 2nd test against Sri Lanka (SL) at Galle International Stadium, Galle, SL, on January 24, 2021, with captain Joe Root scoring 186 in 309 balls hitting 18 fours and Jos Buttler (wk) scoring 55 in 95 balls with 7 fours. SL spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, 24, has taken 7/132 in 41 overs.

Joe Root, who had scored 228 in 1st test, his 4th double century in tests, and Jos Buttler added 97 runs for the 5th wicket. Buttler fell to Embuldeniya making it 229/5. Sam Curran also fell to Embuldeniya for 13 and it was 252/6. Root and spinner Dominic Bess then added 81 runs for the 7th wicket. Dominic Bess fell to Embuldeniya for 32 in 95 baalls with 4 fours and it was 333/7. Fast bowler Mark Wood fell to Embuldeniya for 1 making it 337/8. Joe Root was run out for 186 and it was 339/9. England had lost their first two wickets with only 5 runs on board.

Sri Lanka, who had scored 381 in their first innings, lead by 42 runs. England lead the two-match test series 1-0.