England set its sight on a significant first innings lead after offspinner Dom Bess took a career-best 5-30 to bowl out Sri Lanka for 135 on the primary day of the primary check on Thursday.
Root reached his half-century off 94 balls and was unbeaten on 66 with 5 fours, whereas Bairstow was 47 not out. It might have been 52-Three however Root escaped on 20 when he efficiently overturned a lbw resolution via video referral.
Root and Bairstow got here collectively after left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya eliminated openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley to cut back the guests to 2-17 inside the primary 9 overs.
Each batsmen grew in confidence and neutralized the three-pronged spin assault of Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dilruwan Perera via sweep photographs and maintained a wholesome run charge of three.four runs an over to boost the century stand.
Earlier, stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal, who received the toss and opted to bat, top-scored with 28 after common skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was dominated out with a damaged thumb in Sri Lanka’s first house check because the pandemic started.
Stuart Broad picked up two early wickets in a single over and Three-20 general, whereas Bess discovered some sudden help from the Galle Worldwide Stadium pitch to dismiss the house crew simply earlier than tea.
Bess, enjoying in Asia for the primary time, claimed his first wicket together with his second supply when Kusal Perera went for an bold reverse sweep on 20 and gloved a easy catch to skipper Joe Root at first slip.
Broad, bowling across the wicket, had the left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne caught at leg slip on four in his fourth over. One ball later, Kusal Mendis fell for his fourth successive duck in exams as he received a faint edge off Broad’s sensible leg-cutter.
Senior professionals Chandimal and Angelo Mathews shared a 56-run, fourth-wicket stand till they departed in successive overs after lunch.
En path to 27, Mathews turned solely the fifth Sri Lankan to cross 6,000 check runs after Kumar Sangakkara (12,400), Mahela Jayawardene (11,814), Sanath Jayasuriya (6,973), and Aravinda de Silva (6,361).
However the former skipper was dismissed by Broad after the break when a unfastened shot was caught at slip by Root at chest peak.
Within the subsequent over, Chandimal, who reached four,000 runs in exams, gave a tame catch within the covers off Jack Leach. Bess ran via the tail shortly.
England gave a check cap to Essex batsman Dan Lawrence, who dropped a simple catch of Chandimal within the covers simply earlier than lunch. The guests opted to relaxation James Anderson and picked Sam Curran and Mark Wooden to associate Broad.
England wore black armbands in reminiscence of former England check cricketers — John Edrich, Robin Jackman and Dom Smith — who died not too long ago.