Root holds firm after Broad bolsters England total

LONDON, June 13, 2014 (AFP) – Joe Root passed 150 after Stuart Broad’s quickfire 47 helped take England to 473 for eight against Sri Lanka at lunch on the second day of the first Test at Lord’s on Friday. But the all-rounder’s run-a-ball 19 came to an end when he lobbed a gentle catch off Eranga to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

Broad, primarily a seamer, kept the runs coming, however, with a flurry of boundaries, including two dismissive square-cuts off Pradeep.

However, he pulled Pradeep straight to deep mid-wicket to end a run-a-minute innings.
Liam Plunkett was then dropped on two when Eranga at mid-wicket put down a routine chance off Pradeep.

Root then rounded off an excellent session for England with a three off Herath that saw him to 150 in 246 balls including 12 fours. It was the first time in 14 Tests that England had reached the benchmark innings score of 400.

Root, England’s overnight century-maker, was 152 not out after dashing left-handed batsman Broad dominated a seventh-wicket stand worth 64.

England, who had been struggling at 22 for two and 74 for three, resumed Friday well-placed on 344 for five.

Root, recalled after being dropped for the final Test