England captain Joe Root (200 not out) today scored the fourth double century of his Test career. His double-century innings helped England take a 241-run lead over hosts Sri Lanka on the third day of the first cricket Test match.
By the time the news was written on the third day of this match being played in Galle, England had scored 376 runs in their first innings at the loss of six wickets. Joe Root faced 291 balls during his double century innings.
During this, he hit 15 fours and a six. For England, Dan Lawrence also contributed 77 runs. Johnny Bairstow has scored 47 runs. Jose Butler scored 30 runs. Earlier, England bowled Sri Lanka for only 135 runs in the first innings with the best bowling off-spinner Dominic Bess (five wickets for 30 runs).