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International Cricket Council (ICC) have reprimanded England skipper Joe Root for angrily kicking the turf and shaking his head after a decision went against England on the second day of the second Test.
Meanwhile, Root pleaded not guilty after umpire Marias Erasmus and S Ravi charged for showing dissent. The incident took place in the 76th over when Moeen Ali had an appeal for lbw against Dilruwan Perera.
But match referee Andy Pycroft found him guilty in a hearing after play and Root received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the code of conduct. However, Pycroft didn’t hand any fines to Joe Root. It completed a harsh day of umpiring from Erasmus and Ravi.
The duo added five penalty runs to the England total after deciding Sri Lanka’s Roshen Silva had deliberately not grounded his bat in running two during his 85-run knock.
The game perfectly poised at the end of day 2
The match is at even stevens at the end of day 2 as Leach safely negotiates the last over of the day. The run-out of Karunaratne by Stokes earlier day swung the pendulum in England’s favour but that knock by Roshen Silva and handy contributions by other batsmen nullified that effort by Ben Stokes.
Roshen Silva was penalized for taking a deliberate short run too and that somewhat fired him up. Along with Akila, Silva stitched a 56-run stand for the ninth wicket, and that has helped Sri Lanka to go a notch ahead in this game.
The wicket on day three is not going to be an easy one for batting looking at the way it has behaved on the first two days. However, if English batsmen apply themselves, they might be able to make a match out of it. After all, Sri Lanka have to bat fourth on this track, and you know how difficult it’s to chase down targets on subcontinent tracks