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Sri Lanka steady at lunch after Joe Root double ton

AFP, LONDON

Sri Lanka batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jaywardene held firm against England in the first Test at Lord’s yesterday.

The tourists were 212-2 at lunch on the third day after losing just one wicket in the morning session.

Sangakkara, yet to score a Test hundred at “the home of cricket,” was 73 not out, and Jayawardene, whose three previous Lord’s Tests have yielded two centuries, was unbeaten on 29.

Their third-wicket stand was worth 61.

However, Sri Lanka were still 363 runs behind and requiring a further 164 to avoid the follow-on after Joe Root’s maiden Test double century took England to 575-9 declared.

Nevertheless, Sri Lanka fought back well to be 140-1 at stumps on the second day on Friday.

Kaushal Silva was then on 62 not out and Sangakkara 32 not out.

Play resumed yesterday in gloomy, overcast conditions that led to the floodlights being switched on.

It was pace and bounce, rather than swing, that accounted for Silva.

The gutsy opener had added just one to his overnight score when, trying to sway out of the way of a James Anderson bouncer, he did not lower his bat, with the ball grazing the face on its way through to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Silva and Sangakkara put on 97 for the second wicket to take Sri Lanka to 151-2.

His exit brought Jayawardene to the crease to partner Sangakkara in what is set to be the duo’s last Test at Lord’s.

Jayawardene showed his touch by deliberately uppercutting fast bowler Liam Plukett over the slips for four — a shot made all the safer by England following the modern trend of doing without a third man.

Meanwhile, Sangakkara went to 50 from 102 deliveries, including six fours.

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