2nd Test: Root's ton takes England to 314/3 at tea

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London, Aug 14 (IANS) Skipper Joe Root (batting 132) completed his 22nd century to lead England to 314/5 at tea on the third day of the second Test against India at Lord’s on Saturday.

Root shared a century partnership with Jonny Bairstow (57) and a 54-run partnership with Jos Buttler (23) to lead the home side into a position from where they can eye lead. India had made 364 in their first innings.

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Moeen Ali was unbeaten 20 off 31 balls.

Much of the day though belonged to Root, who hit 12 fours and negotiated the England bowlers well on a pitch that was flat and offered nothing to the Indian bowlers.

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While Mohammed Siraj picked his third wicket post lunch, removing Bairstow off a short delivery, Ishant Sharma got his first of the game when he breached the defence of Jos Buttler.

In the pre-lunch session, England did not lose a single wicket as they added 97 to move to 216/3. In the second session, they scored 98.

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Brief scores (Tea, Day 3): India 364 in 126.1 overs vs England 314/5 in 98 overs (Joe Root 132 batting, Jonny Bairstow 57, Rory Burns 49, Mohammad Siraj 3/71, Ishant Sharma 1/60, Mohammed Shami 1/87).

–IANS

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