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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - P Sara Oval, Colombo,2nd Test, Date - 03/04/2012, Toss won by - Sri Lanka, Day - 5
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Commentary (England innings)

Ayaz Memon tweets, "I find a switch hit thrilling. But to be fair then even a bowler should be allowed last-minute switch from one arm to the other. You reckon?"

An over to go for the day's close! Nervy times for the Lankans. Can they see it off without any damage?

185 is the lead for England. A terrific batting performance, led by the top order, Pietersen amassing 151. The middle and lower order could not do much but they didn't have to, thanks to Pietersen's mammoth knock. 6 wickets for Herath, the only bright spot for the Lankans.

152.3 S Randiv to Patel, OUT! Holes out in the deep! Flighted on middle, 83.6 kph, Patel comes down the track and looks to go big but does not get enough distance. The ball goes high in the air and Prasad at deep mid-wicket takes it comfortably. At last a wicket for Randiv. ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 460! 460/10

152.2 S Randiv to Patel, Action replay of the previous delivery. 460/9

152.1 S Randiv to Patel, Landed on middle, played straight to square leg. 460/9

151.6 R Herath to S Finn, Full outside off, Finn goes at it with soft hands and gets a thick outside edge which goes all along the ground past Mahela at first slip to third man. Two runs taken. 3 runs and a wicket from it. 460/9

151.5 R Herath to Finn, Full outside off, solidly blocked. 458/9

151.4 R Herath to Finn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 458/9

151.3 Herath to Finn, And a huge LBW appeal first up, turned down. Landed on middle, 77.1 kph, Finn comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Would have gone down leg. 458/9

Steven Finn is the last man in. England lead by 183 runs with 1 wicket in hand.

151.2 R Herath to Anderson, OUT! LBW! Third successive six-wicket haul for Herath in Test cricket! You couldn't get a simpler decision than this. Full on middle, Anderson opts for the reverse sweep but misses and is hit right in front. Absolutely plumb. Umpire Oxenford upholds the review, Anderson has a chat with Patel regarding the review and then walks off. He departs for 2, ENGLAND 458/9! Oh dear...Hawk Eye shows the ball to be going down the leg side! 458/9

151.1 R Herath to Patel, Short outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 458/8

150.6 S Randiv to Patel, Drives it down to long off for a single. 457/8

150.5 Randiv to Patel, DROPPED! Full on middle, Patel comes down the track and smashes it straight back to Randiv who gets across to his right but plonks it. 456/8

150.4 S Randiv to Anderson, Landed outside off, 84.8 kph, punched through the covers for a single. 456/8

150.3 S Randiv to Anderson, Full and straight, Anderson offers a compact forward defense. 455/8

150.2 S Randiv to Anderson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 455/8

150.1 S Randiv to Anderson, Full on middle, Anderson is early into his flick shot and gets a leading edge which does not carry to point. 455/8

149.6 R Herath to Patel, Appeal for LBW, turned down. Landed on middle, 81.7 kph, Patel goes back to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit in front. Might have been sliding down the leg side. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the leg stump. 7 runs and a wicket from the over. 455/8

149.5 R Herath to Anderson, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 455/8

James Anderson walks out at number 10, replacing Swann. England lead by 179 runs with 2 wickets in hand.

149.4 R Herath to Swann, OUT! Caught! Soft dismissal! Nicely tossed up outside off, 74.7 kph, Swann is enticed into the drive and he goes after it. But he is a touch early into it and plays it straight to Dilshan at short cover who makes no mistake. Swann just stands there in frustration, it was right in the slot, just couldn't put it away. Meanwhile, elation in the Sri Lankan camp, third consecutive five-wicket haul for Herath! Tenth overall in Tests! Swann departs for 17, ENGLAND 454/8! 454/8

Meanwhile, West Indian star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has a message for Mahela Jayawardena via this tweet, "Big thanx to sl cricket captain mahela jayawardene an his team for contributin 2 our ongoing runako morton.."

149.3 R Herath to Swann, SIX! Fabulous shot. Full on middle, 82.4 kph, Swann comes forward and lofts it with ease and grace over mid-wicket! 454/7

149.2 R Herath to Swann, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 448/7

149.1 R Herath to Swann, Full outside off, pushed straight to cover. 448/7

Rangana Herath is back on. 51-9-123-4 so far. This stand is worth 29 from 61 balls. England have scored 96/3 in 28 overs since Tea. The lead is now worth 173 with 3 wickets in hand. 7 overs left in the day.

148.6 S Randiv to Swann, Taps it to the off side and takes a quick run. 448/7

148.5 S Randiv to Patel, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 447/7

148.4 S Randiv to Patel, Full outside off, pushed towards mid on. 446/7

148.3 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 446/7

148.2 S Randiv to Patel, Full outside off, solidly defended. 446/7

148.1 S Randiv to Patel, More poor stuff from the Lankans on the field. Patel works it through square leg and takes the single. He then calls for two, seeing long leg and deep mid-wicket converge. The latter takes his eyes off the ball and fumbles, allowing the second to be completed. 446/7

147.6 D Prasad to Swann, Good length delivery outside off, 120.8 kph, Swann lazily pushes at it and gets a bottom edge near the stumps. 444/7

147.5 D Prasad to Patel, Short and wide outside off, 131.3 kph, Patel slaps it to sweeper cover for a run. The English supporters roar as the scoreboard reads 444/7. "Barmy Army!" is the continuous chant. 444/7

147.4 D Prasad to Patel, Good length delivery outside off, 124.2 kph, Patel rides the bounce nicely. 443/7

147.3 D Prasad to Patel, Half volley again, 128.5 kph, driven straight to short cover. 443/7

147.2 D Prasad to Swann, Fuller length this time, 118.6 kph, driven through the covers for a single. 443/7

147.1 D Prasad to Swann, Good length delivery wide outside off, 130.2 kph, Swann flashes and misses. 442/7

146.6 S Randiv to Swann, Length delivery on middle, Swann goes back and works it behind square leg for a single. 442/7

146.5 S Randiv to Swann, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 441/7

146.4 S Randiv to Patel, Now gets a single through mid-wicket. 441/7

146.3 S Randiv to Swann, Tossed up outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 440/7

146.2 S Randiv to Swann, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 439/7

146.1 S Randiv to Swann, Aha...goes for the switch hit straight away but misses and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Earlier in the day, Pietersen was warned for playing that stroke a bit early, before the bowler landed his back foot. 439/7

Suraj Randiv is back on. 31-4-98-0 so far. This stand is worth 20 from 43 balls. England have scored 87/3 in 25 overs since Tea. The lead is now worth 164 with 3 wickets in hand. 10 overs left in the day.

145.6 D Prasad to Patel, Outside off, played straight to point. 439/7

145.5 D Prasad to Patel, Another slash and a miss outside off. 439/7

145.4 D Prasad to Patel, Good length delivery outside off, 121.3 kph, punched towards mid off. 439/7

145.3 D Prasad to Patel, FOUR! That's a fine shot! Short outside off, 133.7 kph, Patel jumps and steers it over point for a boundary! In fact, there is a man placed at point and one at backward point, so that makes it an even better shot. 439/7

145.2 D Prasad to S Patel, Slower delivery, 115.9 kph, attempts the yorker outside off but it turns into a low full toss, Patel pushes it straight to mid off. 435/7

145.1 D Prasad to Patel, Good length delivery outside off, 129.6 kph, Patel swishes and misses. 435/7

144.6 R Herath to Swann, Tossed up outside off, pushed straight to cover. 435/7

144.5 R Herath to Patel, Works it behind square leg for one. 435/7

144.4 R Herath to Swann, Flatter delivery outside off, Swann steers it through the covers for a run. 434/7

144.3 R Herath to Swann, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 433/7

144.2 R Herath to Patel, Goes back and works it behind square leg for a single. 433/7

144.1 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, solidly defended. 432/7

143.6 D Prasad to Swann, Gets bat onto this one and pushes it to point. 432/7

143.5 D Prasad to Swann, Short outside off, 135.7 kph, Swann sways away. 432/7

143.4 D Prasad to Swann, Goes back and punches it straight to cover. 432/7

143.3 D Prasad to Patel, Now Patel follows suit and gets a run through point. 432/7

143.2 D Prasad to Swann, Landed outside off, 116.4 kph, steered behind point for a single. 431/7

143.1 D Prasad to Swann, Full outside off, 126.4 kph, solidly defended back to the bowler. 430/7

Dammika Prasad is back on. 20-8-55-1 so far. There may be a bit of reverse swing available. This stand is worth 11 from 25 balls. England have scored 78/3 in 22 overs since Tea. The lead is now worth 155 with 3 wickets in hand. 13 overs left in the day.

142.6 R Herath to Patel, Full on middle, 83.7 kph, solidly blocked. End of the 50th over from Herath! It has been a massive effort from him. 430/7

142.5 R Herath to Swann, The carrom ball, landed on middle, Swann gets across, watches the ball carefully and flicks it behind square leg for a run. 430/7

142.4 R Herath to Swann, Landed outside off, solidly defended. 429/7

Dammika Prasad is warming up now....

142.3 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, 92.8 kph, driven through the covers for a single. 429/7

142.2 R Herath to Patel, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 428/7

142.1 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, nicely blocked. 428/7

141.6 S Randiv to Swann, The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it and misses. 428/7

141.5 S Randiv to Swann, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 428/7

141.4 S Randiv to Patel, Goes back and works it behind square leg for a single. 428/7

141.3 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 427/7

141.2 S Randiv to Patel, Whips it towards mid-wicket where a good stop prevents runs. 427/7

141.1 S Randiv to Patel, Full outside off, nicely blocked. 427/7

140.6 R Herath to Swann, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 427/7

140.5 R Herath to Swann, FOUR! Good shot. Clean hit. Flighted outside off, Swann comes down the track and connects it from the middle of the bat over mid on for a boundary! 427/7

140.4 R Herath to Swann, Full outside off, nicely defended. 423/7

140.3 R Herath to Patel, Goes back and flicks it away for a single. 423/7

140.2 R Herath to Patel, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 422/7

140.1 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, Patel comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 422/7

139.6 S Randiv to Swann, Goes back in his crease to block it out. 422/7

139.5 S Randiv to Swann, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 422/7

139.4 S Randiv to Swann, Goes back in his crease to block. 422/7

139.3 S Randiv to Swann, Full outside off, Swann comes forward to defend and gets way outside the off stump to defend. 422/7

139.2 S Randiv to Patel, Works it through mid-wicket for a run. 422/7

139.1 S Randiv to Patel, Steers this behind point for a couple. 421/7

138.6 R Herath to Swann, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A wicket maiden for Herath. His fourth wicket! 419/7

Graeme Swann walks in at number 9, replacing Bresnan. England lead by 144 runs with 3 wickets in hand.

138.5 R Herath to Bresnan, OUT! Bowled! That's gone right through! The arm ball, landed outside off, 82.5 kph, Bresnan goes back to defend but the ball stays low a touch as well, comes in pretty quickly and goes right between bat and pad to crash into the stumps. There was daylight between bat and pad and the ball found it. Bresnan departs for 5, ENGLAND 419/7! 419/7

138.4 R Herath to Bresnan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 419/6

138.3 R Herath to Bresnan, Full outside off, solidly defended. 419/6

138.2 R Herath to Bresnan, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 419/6

138.1 R Herath to Bresnan, Landed outside off, punched straight to cover. 419/6

137.6 S Randiv to Bresnan, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 419/6

137.5 S Randiv to Patel, Steers this behind point and gets a couple. Herath returns a wild throw over the keeper and Thirimanne at short leg hops to stop it but gets hit on his back side and the ball rolls further away and the batsmen come back for the third! Sloppy from Lanka. 418/6

137.4 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 415/6

137.3 S Randiv to Patel, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 415/6

137.2 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 415/6

137.1 S Randiv to Patel, "AIYOOOOO!" That is the cry from the keeper. Landed outside off, Patel goes for the cut but gets a thick inside edge which lands just in front of the stumps! 415/6

136.6 R Herath to Bresnan, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 415/6

CRICKET NEWS - Meanwhile, some more good news for England. The Under-19 team has just beat its Aussie counterparts in the first match of the Quadrangular Under-19 series by 3 wickets. Australia U-19 made 203/8 in 50 overs and the English colts chased it down with 3 wickets and 21 balls to spare.

136.5 R Herath to Bresnan, Comes forward and defends it. 415/6

136.4 R Herath to Bresnan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 415/6

136.3 R Herath to Bresnan, Short outside off, punched through the covers for a couple. 415/6

136.2 R Herath to Bresnan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 413/6

136.1 R Herath to Bresnan, Full outside off, pushed straight to cover. 413/6

135.6 S Randiv to Patel, Goes back in his crease to defend again. 413/6

135.5 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 413/6

135.4 S Randiv to Bresnan, Full on middle, 82.5 kph, driven towards long on for a single. 413/6

135.3 S Randiv to Bresnan, Landed outside off, Bresnan lunges out to defend. 412/6

135.2 S Randiv to Bresnan, Full outside off, nicely blocked. 412/6

135.1 S Randiv to Bresnan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 412/6

134.6 R Herath to Bresnan, Full on middle, 79.9 kph, Bresnan looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge past short leg. Takes the single. 412/6

Tim Bresnan walks out to the middle at number 8, replacing Pietersen. England lead by 136 runs with 4 wickets in hand.

DRINKS BREAK.

134.5 Herath to Pietersen, OUT! LBW! The decision stands as it is! Herath gets rid of KP after a mammoth knock. Full on off, 94.2 kph, Pietersen gets across for the sweep but misses. Is hit right in front and umpire Rauf upholds the LBW appeal. Pietersen consults Patel and after a long thought, goes for the review. Hawk Eye confirms his worst fears, pitched in line, hit in line and going further on to hit the leg stump. Pietersen departs to a standing ovation. End of a magnificent 151, ENGLAND 411/6! 411/6

Pietersen has been given out LBW! He has reviewed it.

134.4 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 411/5

134.3 R Herath to Patel, Fuller, pushed through mid on for a single. 411/5

134.2 R Herath to Patel, Goes back to defend. 410/5

134.1 R Herath to Patel, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 410/5

133.6 S Randiv to Patel, Similar shot, this time he gets a single. 410/5

133.5 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman works it down the leg side. 409/5

133.4 S Randiv to Pietersen, Drives it towards long on for a single. 409/5

133.3 S Randiv to Patel, Full on middle, Patel comes down the track and looks to go big. Gets a leading edge which just clears mid on. One run taken. 408/5

133.2 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 407/5

133.1 S Randiv to S Patel, Full on middle, driven towards mid on. 407/5

132.6 R Herath to Patel, Drives it through long on for a single. 407/5

132.5 R Herath to Patel, Full on middle, nicely blocked. 406/5

132.4 R Herath to Patel, Full on middle, solidly defended. 406/5

132.3 R Herath to Patel, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 406/5

8th score in excess of 150 for Pietersen in test cricket!

132.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Gets down for the paddle sweep again and gets it down to fine leg for a single. 406/5

132.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on middle, 91.5 kph, swept away for a couple through square leg. 405/5

131.6 S Randiv to Pietersen, Overthrow! Almost kills the keeper! Poor cricket from Randiv. Full on middle, 90.4 kph, Pietersen pushes it back to the bowler by coming down the track. Randiv throws it back to the keeper which lands short of Prasanna, then kicks up and hits the keeper on his right ear! The batsmen take a single. Randiv smiles. Prasanna doesn't. 403/5

131.5 S Randiv to Patel, Flicks it away for a single. 402/5

131.4 S Randiv to Patel, Landed outside off, 83.3 kph, turning down the leg side, Patel cannot connect with his flick. 401/5

131.3 S Randiv to Pietersen, Another reverse lap, this time for a single towards point. 401/5

131.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 400/5

131.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, Full outside off, 84.4 kph, Pietersen goes for the reverse sweep and gets it through third man for a couple. 400 UP FOR ENGLAND! 400/5

Suraj Randiv is back on. 25-4-81-0 so far. This stand is worth 18 from 28 balls. England have scored 46/1 in 10 overs since Tea. The lead is now worth 123 with 5 wickets in hand. 25 overs left in the day.

130.6 R Herath to Patel, Full on middle, kept out again. 398/5

130.5 R Herath to Patel, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 398/5

130.4 R Herath to Patel, Outside off, played straight to point. 398/5

130.3 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, nicely blocked. 398/5

130.2 R Herath to Patel, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 398/5

130.1 R Herath to Patel, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 398/5

129.6 S Lakmal to K Pietersen, FOUR! And now he goes the other side. Short again, outside off, Pietersen goes back, stands tall and punches it through the covers. 13 from the over! 398/5

This is now the highest score by England in a Test inning against Sri Lanka in this nation!

129.5 S Lakmal to K Pietersen, SIX! Bosh! Long hop on middle, 101.5 kph, Pietersen pulls it without any mercy over mid-wicket! That's gone a long, long way! 394/5

129.4 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 123.4 kph, driven towards mid on for a couple. 388/5

129.3 S Lakmal to K Pietersen, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. 386/5

129.2 S Lakmal to K Pietersen, Full outside off, 125.8 kph, driven straight to cover. 386/5

129.2 S Lakmal to Pietersen, NO BALL. Oversteps and lands it on length on middle, 125.8 kph, Pietersen defends. 386/5

129.1 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 127.3 kph, left alone. 385/5

128.6 R Herath to Patel, It's been driven superbly through the covers. 385/5

128.5 R Herath to Pietersen, Comes down the wicket and smashes it to long on for a single. 385/5

128.4 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 384/5

128.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 384/5

128.2 R Herath to Patel, Flicks it away for a single. 384/5

128.1 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, 82.7 kph, Patel looks to defend but is beaten by the spin and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 383/5

127.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Driven through the covers by the batsman. 383/5

This is now the best individual score by an English batsman in Sri Lanka in a Test match!

127.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Comes down the wicket and swings hard but finds mid on. 383/5

127.4 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Way outside off, 128.7 kph, left alone. 383/5

Lakmal comes around the wicket.

127.3 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full on middle, 126.3 kph, flicked away for a couple. 383/5

127.2 S Lakmal to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 381/5

127.1 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 126.8 kph, Pietersen lets it go. 381/5

126.6 R Herath to Patel, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. A run and a wicket from the over. 381/5

126.5 R Herath to Patel, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 381/5

126.4 R Herath to Patel, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 381/5

126.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Works it down the leg side for a single. 381/5

Samit Patel walks in at number 7, replacing Prior. England lead by 105 runs with 5 wickets in hand.

126.2 R Herath to Prior, OUT! Caught! Herath gets rid of Prior. Full on middle, 77.2 kph, Prior comes down the track and looks to go big but miscues it high in the air. Prasad hovers underneath it at long off and takes it pretty calmly. Prior departs for 11, ENGLAND 380/5! 380/5

126.1 R Herath to Prior, Full on middle, Prior misses out on the flick but gets hit on the pads. 380/4

125.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 380/4

125.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR! That's in the air but in the gap! Typical Pietersen shot. Full on middle, 124.8 kph, Pietersen nonchalantly whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary! 380/4

125.4 S Lakmal to Pietersen, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 376/4

125.3 S Lakmal to Pietersen, On middle, 129.7 kph, nicely blocked. 376/4

125.2 S Lakmal to Prior, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 376/4

125.1 S Lakmal to M Prior, Full outside off, 126 kph, driven towards mid off. 375/4

124.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Charges down the wicket, takes the ball on the full and flicks it wide of long on for a couple. 10 runs from this over. 375/4

124.5 R Herath to Prior, Drives it through point for a single. CENTURY FOR HERATH! With the ball. 373/4

124.4 R Herath to Prior, Full on middle, Prior is squared up and gets a leading edge which goes towards cover. 372/4

124.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Leading edge lands safe! Full on middle, 77.4 kph, Pietersen comes down the track and looks to go big but gets a leading edge which lands short of long off! A single taken. 372/4

124.2 R Herath to Pietersen, SIX! There he goes! Tossed up on middle, 80.1 kph, Pietersen comes down the track and sends the ball flying over long on! 371/4

124.1 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 365/4

123.6 S Lakmal to Prior, Drives it straight to the cover fielder. 365/4

123.5 S Lakmal to Prior, Full on middle, 128 kph, driven back to the bowler. 365/4

123.4 S Lakmal to Prior, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 365/4

123.3 S Lakmal to Prior, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Full outside off, 126.5 kph, Prior just threads it through the covers and gets a boundary! Not a soul moves. Oh yeah...now mid off goes back to retrieve the ball. 365/4

123.2 S Lakmal to Prior, Stands out of his crease and plays it towards short mid-wicket. 361/4

123.1 S Lakmal to Prior, More inconsistent bounce. It is happening consistently now. Good length delivery outside off, 126.3 kph, Prior looks to cut but the ball shoots beneath his bat. 361/4

Change of gloves for Pietersen.

122.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Low full toss on middle, Pietersen whips it towards short mid-wicket. 361/4

122.5 R Herath to Pietersen, On middle, almost a yorker, dug out. 361/4

122.4 R Herath to Pietersen, FOUR! Oh...that's beautifully played! Magnificent shot! Tossed up outside off, 81.1 kph, Pietersen leans and plays it with the spin over cover for a boundary! 361/4

122.3 R Herath to Pietersen, On middle again, another defense. 357/4

122.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on middle, watchfully defended. 357/4

122.1 R Herath to M Prior, Outside off, 75.5 kph, blasted through the covers for a single. 357/4

Herath to continue.

121.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Another one left alone outside off. 356/4

121.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 356/4

Mahela is not happy with the ball now.

121.4 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Another leave outside the off stump. 356/4

121.3 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Outside off, 130.1 kph, quietly left alone this time. 356/4

121.2 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Landed on a length outside off, 128.8 kph, Pietersen slashes and misses. 356/4

121.1 S Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR! That was so lucky! Good length delivery outside off, Pietersen hops to defend but the ball stays extremely low and goes off the inside edge past the stumps and beats the keeper! Worrying signs for Sri Lanka, as they will have to bat on a crumbling pitch. 356/4

Suranga Lakmal to start off proceedings after Tea. 17-4-53-0 so far.

The players are making their way out to the middle. 35 overs left in the day. Full of carnage or can Sri Lanka claw their way back in this game? Because, if the latter does not happen, the match could well be out of the reach of the hosts by the end of the day.

Day 3, session 3....

Tony Greig clarifies the stand on the switch hit with this tweet, "In case of switch or reverse hit apparently batsman can move once bowler has commenced his delivery stride - when his back foot lands."

A wonderful session for England. 113 runs for the loss of Trott and Bell. It has been a one man show, by the name of KEVIN PETER PIETERSEN. It has been a wonderful ton and things could get worse from here for the Lankans. The lead has now swelled upto 77 and it could get past 150 pretty quickly, well before the end of the day. Join us back for the final session at 0930 GMT (1500 IST).

120.6 R Herath to Prior, Full outside off, solidly blocked. TEA ON DAY 3! 352/4

120.5 R Herath to Prior, On middle, solidly defended. 352/4

120.4 R Herath to Prior, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 352/4

120.3 R Herath to Prior, FOUR! Lines up for the slog sweep but then changes his stance and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 352/4

120.2 Herath to Prior, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. That looked close. Prior came forward to defend but missed and was hit on the pads. Hawk Eye showed the ball to be pitched in line, hitting in line and going on to clip the leg stump. 348/4

120.1 R Herath to Prior, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 348/4

The final over before Tea then.

119.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Another one outside off, left alone. 348/4

119.5 D Prasad to Pietersen, Good length delivery outside off, 132.4 kph, punched towards cover. 348/4

119.4 D Prasad to Pietersen, Rash shot. Long hop outside off, 124.9 kph, Pietersen goes for the pull but cannot connect. 348/4

119.3 D Prasad to Pietersen, Good length delivery outside off, 133.7 kph, left alone. 348/4

119.2 D Prasad to Pietersen, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 348/4

Okay, here is the law as written - Batsman wasting time - "It is unfair for a batsman to waste time. In normal circumstances, the striker should always be ready to take strike when the bowler is ready to start his run up. (a)Should either batsman waste time by failing to meet this requirement, or in any other way, the following procedure shall be adopted. At the first instance, either before the bowler starts his run up or when the ball becomes dead, as appropriate, the umpire shall (i)warn both batsmen and indicate that this is a first and final warning. This warning shall apply throughout the innings. The umpire shall so inform each incoming batsman. (ii)inform the other umpire of what has occurred. (iii)inform the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of what has occurred. (b)If there is any further time wasting by any batsman in that innings, the umpire shall, at the appropriate time while the ball is dead (i)award 5 penalty runs to the fielding side. (ii)inform the other umpire of the reason for this action. (iii)inform the other batsman, the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of what has occurred. (iv)together with the other umpire report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the batting side and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such action as is considered appropriate against the captain and player or players and, if appropriate, team concerned."

119.1 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 129.9 kph, solidly defended. 348/4

118.6 R Herath to Prior, Full outside off, Prior pushes and misses. Sangakkara appeals from point for a catch but it is not given. 348/4

118.5 Herath to Prior, Muted LBW appeal, gets down quickly. Full outside off, Prior comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 348/4

118.4 R Herath to Prior, Action replay of the previous delivery. 348/4

118.3 R Herath to Prior, Full on middle, 80.6 kph, defended back to the bowler. 348/4

118.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Similar delivery, Pietersen goes back and punches it through the covers for a single. 348/4

118.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Short outside off, 82.6 kph, Pietersen goes hard after it and gets a bottom edge on the bounce to the keeper. 347/4

117.6 D Prasad to Prior, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A wicket maiden for Prasad! 347/4

117.5 D Prasad to Prior, On middle, 120.6 kph, solidly defended. 347/4

117.4 Prasad to Prior, Nicely bowled, slower delivery, 121.1 kph, full outside off, Prior defends watchfully. 347/4

Matt Prior walks in at number 6, replacing Bell. England lead by 72 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

117.3 D Prasad to Bell, OUT! Stop the press. Sri Lanka have got a wicket. Bigger news. They have taken a catch. Short outside off, Bell goes for the pull and hits it pretty well but finds Randiv at short mid-wicket who does well diving to his right. Prasad is relieved and looks up at the heavens. Bell walks off, definitely not happy, for 18. ENGLAND 347/4! 347/4

117.2 D Prasad to Bell, Way outside off, 119.9 kph, left alone. 347/3

Controversies galore. Apparently, the umpires have warned Pietersen for wasting time and should he do so again, five runs would be taken off the total. Coach Andy Flower is having chat with the match referee Javagal Srinath on the matter. In fact, there is a heated discussion still going on between Oxenford and Pietersen.

117.1 D Prasad to Ian Bell, Full outside off, 124.6 kph, driven straight to cover. 347/3

116.6 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. 347/3

Ayaz Memon tweets, "Pietersen's 20th century couldn't have been better made or better timed. Puts England in driver's seat. Lanka have task on hand to save test"

116.5 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, 79 kph, pushed through the covers for a single. 347/3

116.4 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, solidly defended. 346/3

116.3 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, played straight to point. 346/3

116.2 R Herath to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 346/3

116.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on middle, swept away for a single. 346/3

Rangana Herath is back on. 36-7-80-1 so far. This stand is worth 92 from 109 balls. England have scored 117/1 in 23 overs since Lunch. They lead by 71 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 40 overs left in the day.

115.6 D Prasad to Bell, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 345/3

115.5 D Prasad to Bell, Played to the point region by the batsman. 345/3

115.4 D Prasad to Bell, On middle, 120.9 kph, pushed straight to mid-wicket. 345/3

115.3 D Prasad to Bell, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 345/3

115.2 D Prasad to Ian Bell, DROPPED! Sri Lanka have not been at their best in the field and that was a sitter. Full outside off, 119.2 kph, Bell drives it in the air, pretty early, foxed by the change in pace and hits it straight to Mathews at short cover who gets low to take the catch but spills it! 345/3

115.1 D Prasad to Bell, Full outside off, 117.6 kph, left alone. 345/3

A bit of a break for Pietersen. He takes his helmet off, calls for a drink and this goes on for a pretty long time, Interestingly, neither the Lankans nor the umpires object.

114.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! The ugliest of boundaries, if ever there was any. Pietersen wildly jumps out of his crease, Dilshan drops it short and way down the leg side, Pietersen swings madly and somehow manages to get it to fine leg! 19 runs from the over! 345/3

20th Test hundred for Pietersen, third against Sri Lanka!

114.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, And he gets to his ton with a reverse sweep! Bowled outside leg, KP reverse laps it towards third man and comes back for the second! Pietersen leaps in the air in celebration and punches the air in delight too! "COME ONNNNNN!" are the words that escape his mouth. Take a bow, big fella. It has been a wonderful knock. 341/3

Boo! Boo! Nope, that is not from me but from the crowd. That's twice in succession that Dilshan has come to bowl but has not released the ball. Umpire Asad Rauf has a chat with the bowler. Apparently, Pietersen was shaping up for the reverse sweep and that is why Dilshan did that.

114.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Another reverse sweep, picked up from outside leg. Pietersen mistimes it completely through third man and gets a couple. 339/3

114.3 T Dilshan to K Pietersen, SIX! Going, going, gone! Poor delivery, long hop on middle, Pietersen rocks back and pulls it massively over mid-wicket! Maximum for Pietersen, moves to 96! 337/3

114.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! Down the leg side, 74.3 kph, Pietersen whacks it through fine leg for a boundary! 331/3

Ha ha! Pietersen shapes up for the reverse sweep but Dilshan does not release the ball!

114.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Comes down the track and gets a single with a defensive push. 327/3

113.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Driven towards the mid on region. 326/3

113.5 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 135.6 kph, Pietersen takes his bat away from the line. 326/3

113.4 Prasad to Pietersen, FOUR! Almost gets his man! The slower delivery, 123.7 kph, fuller in length outside off, Pietersen is early into his shot but manages to get it over the bowler towards long off! 326/3

113.3 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 131.6 kph, left alone. 322/3

113.2 D Prasad to Pietersen, Good length delivery outside off, stays low, 130.8 kph, Pietersen keeps it out. 322/3

113.1 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 120.7 kph, driven straight to mid off. Jayawardena trying to build pressure on Pietersen by keeping the field up. 322/3

Thilan Samaraweera is off the field. Dinesh Chandimal is on for him.

112.6 T Dilshan to Bell, That keeps just a fraction low, outside off, Bell gets his bat down in time. Dilshan looks frustrated. He has bowled well. 322/3

112.5 T Dilshan to Bell, On middle, solidly defended. 322/3

112.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Plays the reverse sweep again, this time with much control towards sweeper cover for a single. 322/3

112.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full outside leg, Pietersen pushes it towards short mid-wicket. 321/3

112.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! Improvisation! Landed outside leg, 77 kph, Pietersen looks to go for the switch hit initially, gets himself cramped for room but ends up playing a safe reverse sweep over cover for a boundary! 321/3

112.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Landed on leg stump, worked through square leg for the first run after the break. 317/3

111.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Well outside off, 132.6 kph, left alone. Back to back maidens, England seem to be in no hurry after Lunch. 316/3

111.5 D Prasad to K Pietersen, Extraordinary shot! Short outside off, Pietersen goes for the pull but then ends up playing a forehand shot towards mid on. 316/3

111.4 D Prasad to Pietersen, Down the leg side, 121 kph, Pietersen looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. 316/3

111.3 D Prasad to Pietersen, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 316/3

111.2 D Prasad to Pietersen, Good length delivery outside off, 133 kph, Pietersen goes hard at it and gets a thick bottom edge towards cover. 316/3

111.1 D Prasad to K Pietersen, Full toss outside off, 133.9 kph, driven straight to short cover. 316/3

110.6 T Dilshan to Bell, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 316/3

110.5 T Dilshan to Bell, Comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler. 316/3

110.4 Dilshan to Bell, Big appeal from Dilshan for LBW, nothing from umpire Asad Rauf. Pitched may be outside leg, 80.4 kph, Bell strides forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Yes, confirmed by the Hawk Eye that the ball pitched outside leg. 316/3

110.3 T Dilshan to Bell, Three in a row now, landed on middle, blocked towards short leg. 316/3

110.2 T Dilshan to Bell, Similar length, same shot, same result. 316/3

110.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Landed on middle, defended in front of short leg. 316/3

DRINKS BREAK. Time for Sri Lanka to get together and gather their thoughts.

109.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Landed outside off, 134.2 kph, left alone. 316/3

109.5 D Prasad to Pietersen, Hmmm....no bounce at all on that one, landed outside off, 135.9 kph, Pietersen looks to defend and has to get his bat down in a hurry. 316/3

109.4 D Prasad to Pietersen, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 316/3

109.3 D Prasad to Bell, Steers it through point for a single. 316/3

109.2 D Prasad to Bell, Punches it off the back foot. 315/3

109.1 D Prasad to Bell, Good length delivery outside off, 129.3 kph, solidly defended. 315/3

Change of pace then. Dammika Prasad comes back. 14-4-50-0 so far. This stand is worth 62 from 67 balls. England have scored 76/1 in 16 overs since Lunch. They lead by 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 47 overs left in the day.

108.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full outside off, Pietersen sweeps it hard into Thirimanne at short leg and the ball deflects away towards mid-wicket. 315/3

108.5 T Dilshan to Bell, Drives it through mid on for a single. 315/3

108.4 T Dilshan to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 314/3

108.3 T Dilshan to Bell, Bowled slowly through the air, on middle, Bell blocks it out. 314/3

108.2 T Dilshan to Bell, Full outside off, 81.9 kph, Bell leans and drives this through the covers for a couple. 314/3

108.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Landed on middle, defended in front of short leg. 312/3

107.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Reaches out and plays it towards point. 312/3

107.5 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 312/3

107.4 R Herath to Pietersen, FOUR! You can keep as many fielders on the off side but when Pietersen is on song, not many can break the tune. There are two men placed at extra cover. Herath bowls this outside off, 81 kph, as per the plan (the line, not the speed), Pietersen still goes inside out and plays it even wider of the second extra cover fielder for a boundary! 312/3

107.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Played to the point region by the batsman. 308/3

107.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Comes down the track but plays it back to the bowler. 308/3

107.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, solidly defended. 308/3

106.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Goes back and works it through square leg for a run. 308/3

106.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Drives it back to the bowler again. 307/3

106.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, 78.6 kph, a real bad delivery, without much pace, spanked through the covers. 307/3

106.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Comes down the track but is not to the pitch of the ball and ends up pushing it back to the bowler. 303/3

50-stand is up!

106.2 T Dilshan to Bell, Down the leg side, 80.6 kph, worked away behind square leg for a single. 303/3

106.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 302/3

Randiv has been hit out of the attack. Tillakaratne Dilshan is back on. 15-3-39-2 so far. This stand is worth 49 from 49 balls. England have scored 63/1 in 13 overs since Lunch. They lead by 27 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 50 overs left in the day.

105.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Defends it again. AND THAT IS A MAIDEN! With Pietersen on strike! Moral victory for the bowler. 302/3

105.5 R Herath to Pietersen, Flat again, outside off, nicely blocked. 302/3

105.4 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 302/3

105.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Quicker and flatter outside off, 93.7 kph, Pietersen defends. The keeper shouts in a good tone, "OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" But there was nothing in the delivery to suggest that reaction. 302/3

105.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Outside off, pushed to point. 302/3

105.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, defended. Excuse me, did I type "defend?" Nope, that is not a typing mistake. He did really defend that. 302/3

104.6 S Randiv to Bell, Works it straight to short leg. 11 runs from the over! The lead is now 27! 302/3

104.5 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 302/3

104.4 S Randiv to Pietersen, Punches it in the air towards long off for a single. 302/3

104.3 S Randiv to Pietersen, Misfield! FOUR! Football skills not quite to the desired effect from Dammika Prasad. Full on middle, Pietersen sweeps it towards square leg. Prasad gets across to his right, slides and tries to stop the ball with his right leg but the ball goes off his legs into the ropes! 301/3

104.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR! Bad ball, given the treatment. Short and wide outside off, Pietersen goes back and punches it through the point region for a boundary. 297/3

104.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, Full on middle, 84 kph, Pietersen sweeps it towards fine leg and shouts, "PUSH! PUSH! PUSH!" Takes the single, Randiv smartly moves across to his left in an attempt to collect the throw from the fielder in case the keeper misses and gets in Pietersen's way. But KP literally shoves him away to his left and gets back for the second! 293/3

103.6 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, played straight to point. 291/3

103.5 R Herath to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 291/3

103.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Excellent batting. Goes back and punches it through the covers for another single. 291/3

103.3 R Herath to Bell, Similar shot, Bell initially shouts, "NO! NO! NO!" but Pietersen calls him through and they make the run quite comfortably. 290/3

103.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 289/3

103.1 R Herath to Bell, Short outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 288/3

102.6 S Randiv to Ian Bell, Drives it through the covers for one. 287/3

102.5 S Randiv to Pietersen, Nothing dramatic, just works it through mid-wicket for a run. 286/3

Here we go then....ready for the resumption for the Pietersen-Randiv battle.

102.4 S Randiv to Bell, Full on middle, 83 kph, swept away for a single. 285/3

102.3 S Randiv to Bell, Full outside off, Bell looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Prasanna and Mahela go up in an appeal but then go down simultaneously. 284/3

102.2 S Randiv to Bell, Goes back and flicks it towards mid-wicket again. 284/3

102.1 S Randiv to Bell, Full outside off, Bell leans and flicks it towards short mid-wicket. 284/3

101.6 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 284/3

101.5 R Herath to Pietersen, Tossed up outside off, surprisingly Pietersen does not go after it and drives it towards mid off. 284/3

101.4 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has played it to the point region. 284/3

101.3 R Herath to Bell, Comes down the track again and drives it back to the bowler who dives to his left but cannot stop it. A single taken. 284/3

101.2 R Herath to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 283/3

101.1 R Herath to Bell, FOUR! And now Bell gets his dancing shoes on! Flighted on middle, 78.6 kph, Bell jumps out of his crease and lofts it cleanly over the bowler. Neatly done. 283/3

100.6 S Randiv to Bell, Gets off the mark by flicking the ball through mid-wicket. 279/3

100.5 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 278/3

100.4 S Randiv to Bell, Goes back and defends. 278/3

100.3 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 278/3

100.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 278/3

26th Test Fifty for Pietersen, third against Sri Lanka!

100.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, SIX! That's gone! Outta here! The ball, of course. Do not flight the ball to Pietersen, especially when he is in this sort of a mood. Bullying and aggressive. If you do, then get prepared for the treatment. Down the track comes Pietersen and whacks it over long on. The crowd stand up and applaud for a wonderful knock. Oh yes...Pietersen casually raises his bat in acknowledgement. 277/3

99.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Lucky there! Full outside off, Pietersen looks to flick across the line but gets a leading edge which flies through point! Keeps the strike with a single. 271/3

99.5 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 270/3

99.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Good fielding! Full outside off, Pietersen comes forward and drives it through extra covers. Mathews runs across from long off and dives prematurely to his left but manages to pull the ball back in. There were three available but Pietersen literally walks back for the second. 270/3

99.3 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 268/3

99.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Yes, yes, no, no, in the end, a dot ball. Full on middle, Pietersen flicks it towards short mid-wicket, sets off for the single, but on seeing the fielder close in pretty quickly, changes his mind. Luckily for Bell, the fielder fumbled. 268/3

99.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Short outside off, punched straight to point. 268/3

98.6 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 268/3

98.5 S Randiv to Pietersen, A single. Worked through mid-wicket that. Anti-climax. 268/3

98.4 S Randiv to Pietersen, SIX! Get your dancing shoes on, it is Kevin Pietersen into the attack! Not with the ball but with the bat, ladies and gentlemen! Tossed up outside off, 83.4 kph, Pietersen, who seems to be in a mood of dispatching everything that is flighted, comes down the track and sends the ball sailing over long on. 4,4,6! What next? 267/3

98.3 S Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR! This is even better! How on earth did he play that? There are plenty of spaces on the off side and Randiv rightly bowls it on middle. But Pietersen goes back, gives himself room to the leg side and punches it through the covers! There is the sole fielder running after it, Herath from mid off and he nearly pulls it back near the ropes but slides with the ball into the boundary! 261/3

98.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR! Fine shot. Full on middle, 81.8 kph, Pietersen goes down and sweeps it powerfully through square leg! 257/3

98.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 253/3

Suraj Randiv is back. 21-4-44-0 so far. England have scored 14/1 in 5 overs since Lunch. They trail by 22 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 58 overs left in the day.

97.6 R Herath to Bell, Full on middle, 80.7 kph, solidly defended. A wicket maiden for Herath. 253/3

Ian Bell walks out at number 5, replacing Trott. England trail by 22 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

97.5 R Herath to Trott, OUT! Edged and taken! Herath gets a wicket at last. Nicely tossed up outside off, 78.8 kph, Trott pushes forward to defend but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and Mahela at first slip does the rest. Trott walks back, shaking his head, uttering curses but he played well for his 64. ENGLAND 253/3! 253/3

97.4 R Herath to Trott, Down the leg side, Trott looks to flick but misses. This time Prasanna Jayawardene collects neatly and whips off the bails but Trott is well in. 253/2

97.3 R Herath to Trott, Oohhh....nicely flighted outside off, Trott comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. A bit of an appeal from the bowler and keeper but then it dies out. 253/2

97.2 R Herath to Trott, Similar line, defended solidly towards cover. 253/2

97.1 R Herath to Trott, Full outside off, Trott reaches out to push it towards point. 253/2

96.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 253/2

96.5 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 253/2

96.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Another sweep, another single. 252/2

96.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, driven straight back to the bowler. 251/2

96.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Gets down for the sweep shot and works it through square leg for a couple. 251/2

96.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Down the leg side, Pietersen cannot get it away and is rapped on the pads. 249/2

95.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Comes down the track and gets a single with a defensive push towards long off. 249/2

95.5 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 248/2

95.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on off, solidly defended. 248/2

95.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 248/2

95.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, driven towards mid on. 248/2

95.1 R Herath to Trott, Short down the leg side, Trott goes for the pull but the ball goes off his hips towards fine leg. They run a single. That should be a leg bye but a bye has been signalled. 248/2

94.6 T Dilshan to Trott, Down the leg side, swept away towards fine leg for a run. 247/2

94.5 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 246/2

94.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Comes down the track and pushes it wide of the bowler towards cover for a single. 246/2

94.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 245/2

94.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, SIX! Ho ho ho! That's huge! In fact, it is colossal! Flighted on middle, 82.4 kph, Pietersen jumps out of the crease and looks to go big. However, he is not to the pitch of the ball but still goes through with the shot. The bat turns in his hand and the ball goes off the slightly bottom portion of the bat. But such is the power of KP, that it sails over the sight screen! 245/2

94.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Landed outside off, defended back to the bowler. 239/2

Dilshan to resume his battle with Pietersen.

93.6 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 239/2

93.5 R Herath to Trott, This is outside off, 79.1 kph, Trott pushes and misses. 239/2

93.4 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 239/2

93.3 R Herath to Trott, STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Big opportunity there for the Lankans. Herath fires this down the leg side, Trott comes forward to flick but misses and the momentum takes him out of the crease. Prasanna fails to collect. 239/2

93.2 R Herath to Trott, Played to the point region by the batsman. 239/2

93.1 R Herath to Trott, Full outside off, solidly defended. 239/2

The batsmen are back out in the middle. Rangana Herath to start off proceedings after Lunch. Trott to face.

Welcome back. The Lankan players are out in a huddle. Last session, realistically for the hosts, to try and stay in this game. If these two hours too, go in favour of the visitors, then I am afraid, the Lankans will be behind, chasing the game for the remaining sessions.

Day 3, session 2.....

Another session in England's favour! 85/1 in 27 overs. Cook and Trott started slowly but then picked up as they settled down. Dilshan removed Cook and then, the last half an hour was totally dramatic with Pietersen at the crease. Ridiculous appeals, boundaries, misfields, overthrows, everything. Entertainment galore. England trail by just 36 runs and if Pietersen stays for a few more minutes after Lunch, boy, that deficit will come down pretty quickly and the lead will start swelling like anything. 63 overs left in the day. Just get the feeling that it is going to be a long, long day for the Lankans. Join us back at 0710 GMT (1240 IST).

92.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman defends it from within the crease. LUNCH ON DAY 3! 239/2

92.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, 83.6 kph, solidly defended. 239/2

92.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 239/2

92.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Action replay of the previous delivery. 239/2

92.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Down the leg side, 83.2 kph, Pietersen looks to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. 239/2

92.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, 81.5 kph, defended well. 239/2

91.6 R Herath to Trott, Drives it straight to mid off. 239/2

91.5 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 239/2

91.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Another overthrow! Landed outside off, Pietersen pushes it to point and sets off for a quick single. He is sent back in time as the fielder comes in. Hang on, there is more to follow. The fielder returns a horrible throw wide of the keeper and poor Thirimanne at short leg dives to his right but still cannot get it. A run taken. 239/2

91.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Tossed up outside off, driven back to the bowler. 238/2

91.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Goes back and defends it solidly. 238/2

91.1 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 238/2

Herath is back on.

90.6 T Dilshan to K Pietersen, What is going on out there? Shambles, totally shambles, Sri Lanka on the field at the moment. Full on middle, 82.8 kph, Pietersen drives it straight back to Dilshan. The bowler takes it causally and the ball goes through his legs towards mid on. Pietersen hares across for the single and the mid on fielder returns a wild throw which beats everyone from the bowler to the keeper. Randiv manages to dive across from point to stop the ball. Three runs overall. 238/2

90.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 235/2

90.4 T Dilshan to Trott, Full outside off, driven towards Herath at mid off for a quick run. 235/2

90.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Walks down the track and pushes it wide of mid-wicket for a single. 234/2

90.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, LUCKY! Missed opportunity, is it? Full on middle, 82.6 kph, Pietersen lunges forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge which lobs over Thirimanne at short leg! 233/2

90.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! That's a kind of a shot which usually players from the Caribbean play. Full outside off, 88.4 kph, Pietersen initially comes forward, then rocks back and crashes it through point. And then, as if to stamp his authority, he doesn't even bother to see where the ball is heading. He turns his head away and walks towards square leg. 233/2

89.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 127.2 kph, pushed through the point region for a single. 229/2

89.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 228/2

89.4 Lakmal to Pietersen, Another appeal for LBW, this is getting too much from Sri Lanka now. Turned down without any fuss. Good length delivery outside off, 127.6 kph, nips back in sharply, cuts Pietersen into two as he looks to defend and then goes off the inside edge onto his pads. 228/2

89.3 S Lakmal to Trott, Steers it behind point. Takes the single, wants the second but Pietersen turns it down. 228/2

89.2 S Lakmal to Trott, FOUR! Easy pickings. Length delivery on middle, Trott just helps it through square leg. There is Herath placed at fine leg but he chooses not to dive and runs with the ball into the ropes. 227/2

89.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Full on middle, 127.9 kph, driven towards mid on. 223/2

88.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 223/2

88.5 T Dilshan to Trott, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 223/2

88.4 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 222/2

88.3 T Dilshan to Trott, Oh my my, the English supporters are booing the Lankans on their home ground! Full on middle, Trott drives it back to the bowler who threatens to throw it back at the striker's end. Trott does not back away at all and just stands over there, utterly bemused. And now, the crowd get into action, first clapping, then booing. 222/2

88.2 T Dilshan to Trott, Drama out in the middle! Gosh, the Lankans literally screamed their lungs out in appeal and every player near the batsman looks shell-shocked on the appeal getting turned down. Full on leg stump, Trott lunges forward to defend and the ball clearly goes off his pads towards short leg. It is a good take by Thirimanne at short leg but the problem is, there is no inside edge! Dilshan is not even appealing and runs towards the fielder in celebration! Excessive appealing going on but amidst all this, Asad Rauf is as still as a rock! 222/2

88.1 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 222/2

87.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR! Boom! That's KP for you! Long hop, outside off, literally asking to be smashed, Pietersen obliges and pulls it with disdain through mid-wicket! 222/2

87.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Landed outside off, 128.8 kph, steered straight to gully. 218/2

87.4 S Lakmal to K Pietersen, Walks into the shot and pushes this towards mid off. Pietersen showing some signs which do not look too good for the Lankans at the moment. 218/2

87.3 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 130.8 kph, driven on the up towards mid off. 218/2

87.2 S Lakmal to Trott, Guides this behind point for a single. 218/2

87.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Good length delivery outside off, 130.1 kph, pushed towards point. 217/2

Okay, after the delay, we are ready to go. Mahela goes back to pace. Suranga Lakmal is back. 15-4-42-0 so far. This stand is worth 4 from 17 balls. England have scored 63/1 in 21 overs this morning. They trail by 58 runs with 8 wickets in hand. 69 overs left in the day.

Suraj Randiv is doing some stretching exercises.

Okay...third time the decision is changed. After two close looks at the ball and choosing not to change it, the umpires are now asking for the box of balls. Understandably, Dilshan is not that pleased. A few worries for Sri Lanka, given that fast bowlers were not able to do much with the second new ball and a spinner had to provide the breakthrough.

86.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Landed on middle, pushed back again. 217/2

86.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 217/2

86.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full outside off, a bit of flight, driven straight to cover. 217/2

86.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Landed outside off, solidly blocked. 217/2

86.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 217/2

86.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, played to mid-wicket. 217/2

85.6 R Herath to J Trott, Driven straight to mid off. 217/2

85.5 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up again, solidly blocked. 217/2

85.4 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 217/2

85.3 R Herath to Pietersen, That's a poor delivery and aptly punished. Short outside off, 77.1 kph, Pietersen rocks back and thrashes it through the covers. The fielder pulls it back in just within the ropes. Three runs taken. 217/2

85.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on middle, solidly defended. 214/2

85.1 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 214/2

Herath is back. No surprises.

84.6 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 214/2

84.5 T Dilshan to Trott, On middle, solidly defended. 214/2

84.4 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 214/2

84.3 T Dilshan to Trott, Played to the point region by the batsman. 214/2

84.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single. 214/2

Fasten your seat belts, folks! It is Kevin Pietersen who walks out at number 4! Either way it is going to be a riveting stuff. The score will start moving at a rapid pace or, he will not trouble the scorers much. Lo and behold!

84.1 T Dilshan to Cook, OUT! Edged and taken! And Dilshan strikes on the first ball of a new spell! Beautifully bowled, 80.2 kph, tossed up on middle, Cook lunges forward to defend but the ball turns ever so slightly and takes the outside edge straight to Mahela at first slip! Dilshan is flying now! But Cook falls agonizingly for 94, and the 91-run stand is broken. ENGLAND 213/2! 213/2

Tillakaratne Dilshan is back. 8-1-16-1 so far. This stand is worth 91 from 195 balls. England have scored 59/0 in 18 overs this morning. They trail by 62 runs with 9 wickets in hand. 72 overs left in the day.

83.6 D Prasad to Trott, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 213/1

83.5 D Prasad to J Trott, FOUR! Now, now, now, how do I describe that shot? Ah....Sir Ian Botham helps me. He describes it as a periscope shot. Short on middle, 135.2 kph, Trott looks to duck but his bat hangs like a periscope in the air. The ball goes off the back portion of the bat past the keeper to fine leg! Samaraweera will not feel too good about this, given that he showed a similar technique but got hit. In fact, Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus has dismissed Pakistan's Umar Amin in a Test match in England, caught at square leg off the back off his bat, trying to duck a bouncer! 213/1

9th Test Fifty for Trott, second against Sri Lanka!

83.4 D Prasad to Trott, That's well played! Good length delivery outside off, 132 kph, steered through gully for a couple. 209/1

83.3 D Prasad to Trott, FOUR! Dammika Prasad was a bit excited as Trott fetched it off his stumps but the batsman is just too good in playing this stroke. Works it through mid-wicket for a boundary! Moves to 48! 207/1

83.2 D Prasad to Trott, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 203/1

83.1 D Prasad to Trott, Full outside off, 129.4 kph, driven towards mid off. 203/1

Another look at the ball by the umpires but no change in reaction from the umpires as happened an over ago.

82.6 S Lakmal to A Cook, FOUR! Cook continues to score. Another overpitched delivery outside off, 128.1 kph, sent through the covers for a boundary. 203/1

82.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 199/1

82.4 S Lakmal to Cook, The ball is way outside the off stump, 128.7 kph, easy leave for the batsman. 199/1

82.3 S Lakmal to A Cook, Full again but closer to the off stump, 130.3 kph, driven towards mid off. 199/1

82.2 S Lakmal to A Cook, FOUR! Marvellous! Half volley outside off, 130.3 kph, Cook comes forward and drives it beautifully through the covers for a boundary! Moves into the 90s now. 199/1

Now then, there seems to be a problem with this 2.1 overs old ball. The umpires seem to be okay with it. Play continues.

82.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full on middle, 127.4 kph, driven back to the bowler who half stops it. 195/1

81.6 D Prasad to Trott, Plays this straight to point. 195/1

81.5 D Prasad to Trott, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 195/1

81.4 D Prasad to Trott, Landed outside off, 130.36 kph, Trott pushes it straight to point with a loud call of, "WAIT THERE! WAIT THERE!" 195/1

81.3 D Prasad to Trott, Outside off, left alone. 195/1

81.2 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery on middle, 129 kph, Trott works it straight to short mid-wicket. 195/1

81.1 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery wide outside off, 121.5 kph, punched through the covers for a couple. They look for the third but this ground is not that big to think about the third. 195/1

Dammika Prasad to bowl from the other end. 12-4-38-0 so far. This stand is worth 71 from 177 balls. England have scored 39/0 in 15 overs this morning. They trail by 82 runs with 9 wickets in hand. 75 overs left in the day.

DRINKS BREAK.

80.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Wide outside off, 129.2 kph, Cook is not going to play at those. 193/1

80.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Full and straight, 126.4 kph, defended back to Lakmal again. That's a good line actually. He is charging in and giving it his all. He is looking for the one that stays low. 193/1

80.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Pushes this straight to point again. 193/1

80.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Full on middle, 127.7 kph, driven back to the bowler. 193/1

80.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Length delivery outside off, 128.4 kph, cut straight to point. 193/1

80.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, left alone. 193/1

Suranga Lakmal to make the fist use of the second new ball. 13-3-34-0 so far. This stand is worth 71 from 171 balls. England have scored 39/0 in 14 overs this morning. They trail by 82 runs with 9 wickets in hand. 76 overs left in the day.

SECOND NEW BALL IS AVAILABLE AND IT IS TAKEN STRAIGHT AWAY.

79.6 S Randiv to Trott, Landed outside off, pushed towards point. Trott sets off for a non-existent single and is sent back. 193/1

79.5 S Randiv to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 193/1

79.4 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, pushed towards mid off. 193/1

79.3 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 193/1

79.2 S Randiv to Trott, SAFE. BIG INSIDE EDGE. That is a poor review. Full outside off, 81 kph, Trott came forward to defend and to the naked eye, it seemed as if there was a deflection onto the pads. Mahela reviewed the not out decision on the LBW call and replays indicate a clear inside edge. No more reviews for Sri Lanka in this innings. 193/1

Another review! This time it is against Trott for an LBW.

79.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 193/1

78.6 R Herath to J Trott, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple. 192/1

78.5 R Herath to Trott, Played to the point region by the batsman. 190/1

78.4 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it behind square leg for a single. 190/1

78.3 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 189/1

78.2 R Herath to Cook, NOT OUT. Not enough evidence. Full outside off, 74.2 kph, Cook went for the reverse sweep and it went off something towards Mahela at leg slip. The Lankans appealed and when it was not given, they went for the review. After numerous replays, it was not clear whether the ball did hit the glove. Rightly, the umpire's decision was upheld. 189/1

Review against Cook! Whether it is for LBW or c catch, not sure.

78.1 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 189/1

Now Steven Finn getting ready for a bat in the nets.

77.6 S Randiv to Cook, Another drive through the covers, this time for a single. 189/1

77.5 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, driven straight to cover. 188/1

77.4 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 188/1

77.3 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 188/1

77.2 S Randiv to Trott, Goes back and works it behind square leg for a single. 188/1

77.1 S Randiv to Trott, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler. 187/1

76.6 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up outside off, pushed towards point for a single. 187/1

76.5 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler. 186/1

76.4 R Herath to Trott, Better, landed outside off, pushed towards cover. 186/1

76.3 R Herath to Trott, That's a wrong line with the field set on the off side, bowls on the pads, 74.8 kph, Trott works it past mid-wicket for a couple. 186/1

76.2 R Herath to Trott, Drives it towards mid off. 184/1

76.1 R Herath to Trott, Flighted outside off, driven back to the bowler. 184/1

75.6 S Randiv to Trott, That's a dreadful delivery, high full toss outside off, Trott pulls it to fine leg for a single. 184/1

75.5 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, Trott comes forward and flicks it straight to Mahela Jayawardena at short mid-wicket. 183/1

75.4 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 183/1

75.3 S Randiv to Trott, Outside off, played straight to point. 183/1

75.2 S Randiv to Trott, FOUR! That's a fine shot but why isn't there a slip? Landed outside off from around the wicket, 82.3 kph, Trott chances his arm and plays a perfect reverse sweep which goes right through the vacant slip region to third man! 183/1

75.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, eased through mid off for a single. 179/1

74.6 R Herath to Trott, Full and straight, another solid defense. 178/1

74.5 R Herath to Trott, Much better from Herath, full and outside off, pushed towards short cover. 178/1

Okay, there is Tim Bresnan as well signing autographs....

74.4 R Herath to Trott, Fine shot. Herath strays on the pads and Trott efficiently works it through mid-wicket for a couple. 178/1

74.3 R Herath to Trott, Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler. 176/1

74.2 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 176/1

74.1 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to mid off. 176/1

Graeme Swann is signing autographs outside the boundary. He has just finished batting in the nets. The kids are really enjoying the good gesture from him. Ah...there come the poses for the camera with the world's best off spinner.

73.6 S Randiv to Cook, Action replay of the previous delivery. 176/1

73.5 S Randiv to Cook, Maintains that line on off, Cook defends watchfully. 176/1

73.4 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 176/1

73.3 S Randiv to Cook, Full on leg again, pushed back to the bowler. 176/1

73.2 Randiv to Cook, Appeals for LBW and a catch, neither given. Hmm...close call. Pitched on leg stump, Cook tried to work it to the leg side but missed. The ball went off the pads towards second slip. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitching OUTSIDE LEG. Would have missed off as well. Too much spin, too much bounce. 176/1

73.1 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 176/1

Suraj Randiv into the attack early this morning. 17-4-34-0 so far. One thought that Prasad deserved a longer spell, eh? This stand is worth 53 from 129 balls. England trail by 100 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

72.6 R Herath to Cook, Full and straight, defended back to the bowler. 175/1

72.5 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, less flight, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 175/1

72.4 R Herath to Cook, Tossed up wide outside off, Cook goes for the expansive drive through the covers but gets a bottom edge back to the bowler. 175/1

72.3 R Herath to Cook, Leans and gets his flick right this time but finds short mid-wicket. 175/1

72.2 R Herath to Cook, Goes for the flick from outside off but misses and is hit on the pads. 175/1

72.1 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 175/1

71.6 D Prasad to Trott, Short outside off, 132.4 kph, pushed straight to point. 175/1

50-stand is up!

71.5 D Prasad to Trott, Edged! Safe! FOUR! Terrific delivery from Mr. Prasad. Bends his back, bangs it on a good length area, outside off, 124.8 kph, generates steep bounce, gets Trott to fish at it and gets a thick outside edge. What else does he need to do? Sigh.....the ball lands short of the keeper who fumbles and concedes a boundary. 175/1

71.4 D Prasad to J Trott, Drives it straight to mid off. 171/1

71.3 D Prasad to Trott, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 171/1

71.2 D Prasad to Cook, Misfield. Good length delivery outside off, 116.8 kph, Cook punches it towards cover. Chandimal(substitute) comes across from point and fumbles and allows the ball to go through. A single taken. 171/1

71.1 D Prasad to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, 129.7 kph, defended towards mid off. 170/1

70.6 R Herath to Cook, Works it behind square leg for a single. 170/1

70.5 R Herath to Trott, That's the response from Trott. Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for three runs. 169/1

70.4 R Herath to Trott, Flatter and straighter outside off, coming in with the angle, Trott just allows it through. 166/1

70.3 R Herath to J Trott, Flighted outside off again, Trott drives it towards mid off. After generously conceding plenty of singles yesterday, Mahela has kept the field up today. Trott has to work to get his singles. 166/1

70.2 R Herath to Trott, On middle, driven straight to mid on. 166/1

70.1 R Herath to J Trott, Full outside off, driven straight to short extra cover. 166/1

69.6 D Prasad to Cook, Comes forward and pushes it towards mid on. 166/1

69.5 D Prasad to Cook, Landed on length outside off, 133.8 kph, this one bounces properly and Cook punches it through the covers for a couple. 166/1

69.4 D Prasad to Cook, This is on the stumps and a watchful Cook pushes it towards short mid-wicket off the front foot. 164/1

69.3 D Prasad to Cook, Oohhh..that stayed so low! Good length delivery outside off, 133.5 kph, Cook hops to defend but the ball shoots down and goes beneath the bat and goes on a couple of bounces to the keeper! Lucky for the batsman, that was not on the stumps. 164/1

69.2 D Prasad to Cook, Outside off, 134.7 kph, left alone. 164/1

69.1 D Prasad to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 164/1

68.6 R Herath to Trott, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 164/1

68.5 R Herath to Trott, Goes back and flicks it straight to short leg. 164/1

68.4 R Herath to Trott, Down the leg side, Trott goes for the sweep but misses. The ball goes off the pads through fine leg and the batsmen come back for the second. Leg byes signalled. 164/1

68.3 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 162/1

68.2 R Herath to Cook, Similar shot, this time he gets it past the fielder at short leg for a single. 162/1

68.1 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, Cook leans and plays it towards short leg. 161/1

67.6 D Prasad to Trott, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 161/1

67.5 D Prasad to Trott, FOUR! Well played. Length delivery outside off, 132.2 kph, Trott goes back and just guides it behind point for a boundary! 161/1

67.4 D Prasad to Trott, On middle, 131.4 kph, tucked straight to short mid-wicket. 157/1

67.4 D Prasad to Trott, WIDE! A wayward bouncer, down the leg side, ducked under. Aptly called a wide. 157/1

67.3 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery on middle, 131.5 kph, solidly defended. 156/1

67.2 D Prasad to Trott, Short outside off, 132.9 kph, Trott guides it behind point for a couple. 156/1

67.1 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery outside off, 125.2 kph, solidly defended. 154/1

Dammika Prasad to share the attack from the other end.

66.6 R Herath to Cook, Tossed up outside off, pushed straight to cover. That's the end of a very probing over from Herath but worryingly for the hosts, no turn from it. 154/1

66.5 R Herath to Cook, Comes forward and dead-bats it. 154/1

66.4 R Herath to Cook, On middle, driven towards mid on. 154/1

66.3 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 154/1

66.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler. 154/1

66.1 R Herath to Cook, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 154/1

Rangana Herath to start off proceedings on Day 3. Cook to face. All set! Here we go!

The players are back out on the field.......Mahela leading the Lankan lions. And wait a second, are we in Sri Lanka? Because, a huge roar erupts in the stands as Cook and Trott walk out!

Now Tony Greig is having a chat with Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford. The latter says that it has been an exciting adventure with the Lankan team and the guys have impressed a lot with their passion for the game and there is plenty of talent. Hopes to see a good fightback today. On the pitch, he says that it was frustrating yesterday as nothing went well for them and the wicket behaved quite well! Feels that the early morning moisture should assist the bowlers and then in the afternoon the batsmen can make merry. On this day being an important one of the Test match, he says that every day and every session is important but the most important one is the morning one coming right up.

Michael Atherton was interviewing Graeme Swann last night. Swann says that taking 4 wickets early put them in a good position. Feels that they need to be at least 150 in front, so Sri Lanka are no way out of the game as yet. On the pitch, he feels that it is pretty tricky to bat upon and wants his side to get 400. Is happy to have kept the hosts to 270. Admits that Mahela's wicket was the key one, as he is their best batsman at the moment and it was more of a bonus. Agrees that it was a solid performance from the team in all the departments, just what the doctor ordered after their show at Galle. 150/1 shows the true story, he feels. Adds that Day 3 is a pretty important day and England will need to bat really well as the pitch will turn a lot. Wants his side to have enough time on days 4 and 5 to bowl Sri Lanka out.

PITCH REPORT - The cracks are getting wider and wider and this could turn out to be a big day for the home side's spinners. However, there would be bounce as well which should assist the seamers.

WEATHER - Another pleasant day in Colombo, but hot as well.

Hello and a warm welcome to the third day's play between Sri Lanka and England at Colombo! A solid performance yesterday sees the tourists in front at the moment but they are still 121 runs behind, which implies that a couple of early wickets could bring the match to life. Sri Lanka need exactly that. Can we have a good day's play after a completely one-sided affair on day 2? Let's hope and get ready for some action....

Day 3, session 1......

That's it from us then! Thanks a lot for tuning into our coverage and looking forward for your company tomorrow at 0430 GMT (1000 IST) for the third day's play. In the meanwhile, you can also catch all the action from the Indian T20 league which kicks off tonight by surfing the tabs. On behalf of our commentators and scorers, Adios! Take Care!

The Lankans, to their credit, have bowled well, toiled hard, but England have simply been better. The deficit is now just 121 for the visitors and if the batsmen play as well as they did today, they should scale it down easily. Could well be a long day in the field for the Lankans tomorrow, if they do not manage to extract wickets.

A terrific day for England. They restricted the Lankans to 275 this morning and then backed it up with a stupendous opening stand of 122. Cook and Trott have ensured that no wicket fell after Strauss' departure.

65.6 S Lakmal to Trott, Outside off, played away towards mid-wicket. STUMPS ON DAY 2! 154/1

Last ball of the day....

65.5 S Lakmal to Trott, Landed outside off, 130.7 kph, nipping back in, Trott gets across and lets it go. 154/1

65.4 S Lakmal to Trott, Full again, pushed towards mid-wicket. 154/1

65.3 S Lakmal to Trott, Fuller and wider outside off, stays low, 122.6 kph, Trott shoulders arms and the ball barely carries to the keeper. 154/1

65.2 S Lakmal to Trott, Landed outside off, 129.7 kph, left alone. 154/1

65.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Full outside off, 130.1 kph, Trott gets across and plays it straight to short mid-wicket. 154/1

Last over of the day.....

64.6 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, 87.3 kph, played straight to mid-wicket. 154/1

64.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 154/1

64.4 R Herath to Cook, Drops it a touch short, Cook goes back and works it towards short leg. Thirimanne at that position sticks out his left hand and parries it to leg slip. 154/1

64.3 R Herath to Cook, Landed outside off, Cook comes forward again and plays it in front of short leg. 154/1

64.2 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 154/1

64.1 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, played straight to short leg. 154/1

Herath to bowl. His last over for the day.

63.6 S Lakmal to J Trott, FOUR! That's a superb shot! Fine delivery to start off, full and outside off, tailing in, 131.4 kph, Trott gets forward and across and flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a boundary! 154/1

63.5 S Lakmal to Trott, Full outside off, 128 kph, Trott shoulders arms. 150/1

63.4 S Lakmal to Trott, Fuller outside off, 131 kph, Trott comes forward and drives it towards cover. 150/1

63.3 S Lakmal to Trott, Now this bounces differently! Landed on a similar length as the one on the first ball, Trott watchfully looks to defend but the ball bounces steeply. He manages to fend it to point. 150/1

63.2 S Lakmal to J Trott, Landed outside off, 129 kph, steered straight to gully. 150/1

63.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Ohhh...good length delivery outside off, stays low, Trott goes for the cut but gets a bottom edge which bounces behind the stumps. 150/1

Suranga Lakmal is back on. 11-2-30-0 so far. This stand is worth 28 from 69 balls. England trail by 125 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

62.6 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, 83.6 kph, Cook lunges forward to defend but gets a thick outside edge which bounces in front of second slip. 150/1

62.5 S Randiv to Cook, Full and just outside off, Cook looks to pad it away but the ball goes straight on past the pads. 150/1

62.4 S Randiv to Cook, Landed on middle, 82.8 kph, Cook comes forward to smother the spin. 150/1

62.3 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, Cook watches it go past. 150/1

62.2 S Randiv to Cook, Fuller outside off, solidly defended off the front foot. 150/1

62.1 S Randiv to Cook, Short outside off, cut straight to point. 150/1

61.6 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, Trott comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. 150/1

61.5 R Herath to Trott, On middle, Trott works it behind square leg but straight to the fielder. 150/1

61.4 R Herath to Cook, Full on the pads, Cook misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. The umpire signals it as runs, Mahela thinks about the review but does not take it. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be missing leg. 150 UP FOR ENGLAND! 150/1

61.3 R Herath to Cook, This is outside off, blocked back to the bowler. 149/1

61.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, played down to short mid-wicket. 149/1

61.1 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up outside off, 76.2 kph, Trott looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies behind point. A single taken. 149/1

60.6 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, 83.3 kph, turning away, left alone. 148/1

60.5 S Randiv to A Cook, Fuller on middle, 84.8 kph, pushed back to the bowler. 148/1

60.4 S Randiv to Cook, FOUR! Cannot bowl there. Short and wide outside off, Cook goes back and chops it down behind point for a boundary! 148/1

60.3 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, turning away, left alone. 144/1

60.2 S Randiv to Trott, Landed on middle, 86 kph, Trott goes back and works it past short leg for a run. 144/1

60.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 143/1

59.6 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, driven straight back. 142/1

59.5 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 142/1

59.4 R Herath to Trott, Flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 142/1

59.3 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, 81 kph, Trott comes forward and flicks it wide of mid on for a couple. 142/1

59.2 R Herath to Trott, Lands it on middle, solidly defended. 140/1

59.1 R Herath to J Trott, Full outside off, Trott comes forward and drives it past cover but straight to mid off. 140/1

58.6 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 140/1

58.5 S Randiv to Trott, Flicks it behind square leg for a single. 140/1

58.4 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 139/1

58.3 S Randiv to Trott, Tossed up again, Trott comes forward and defends again. 139/1

58.2 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 139/1

58.1 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, 83.8 kph, Cook leans and drives it through the covers for a couple. 139/1

57.6 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 138/1

57.5 R Herath to Trott, Drives it towards mid off. 138/1

57.4 R Herath to J Trott, Quicker delivery, on off, Trott is hurried into his defense and gets a thick outside edge which lands in front of first slip. 138/1

57.3 R Herath to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 138/1

57.2 R Herath to Trott, Comes forward and defends. 138/1

57.1 R Herath to Trott, Full outside off, solidly defended. 138/1

Rangana Herath is back into the attack. 15-0-42-0 so far. This stand is worth 16 from 33 balls. England trail by 137 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

56.6 S Randiv to Cook, Short outside off, 83.7 kph, left alone. 138/1

56.5 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, Cook pushes it towards cover, sets off for the single, Trott responds but then Cook screams, "NOOOOOOOOO!" 138/1

56.4 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, 84.1 kph, Trott leans and pushes it through the covers for a run. 138/1

56.3 S Randiv to Trott, Quicker delivery outside off, 85.7 kph, Trott goes back and defends it towards cover. 137/1

56.2 S Randiv to A Cook, That's short, cut through point for a single. 137/1

56.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket. 136/1

55.6 T Dilshan to Trott, Landed outside off, turning in, pushed towards mid on. 136/1

55.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 136/1

55.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Comes forward and defends again. 135/1

55.3 T Dilshan to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 135/1

55.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 135/1

55.1 T Dilshan to Trott, Full on the pads, flicked behind square leg for a single. 135/1

54.6 S Randiv to Cook, FOUR! Long hop outside off, 85.1 kph, Cook goes back and cuts it powerfully behind point for a boundary! 134/1

54.5 S Randiv to Cook, Lunges forward and defends nicely. 130/1

54.4 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up nicely, Cook drives it nicely through the covers and gets it in the gap. Two runs taken. 130/1

54.3 S Randiv to Cook, Pushes it through the covers but straight to the fielder. 128/1

54.2 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, 87 kph, Cook comes forward to push it to silly point. 128/1

54.1 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, 84.3 kph, left alone. 128/1

53.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Another long hop, cut through the covers for a single. 128/1

53.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 127/1

53.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Short outside off, cut straight to point. 127/1

53.3 T Dilshan to J Trott, Drives it through mid on for a single. 127/1

53.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Flicks this away for a single. 126/1

53.1 T Dilshan to Cook, Full outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 125/1

52.6 S Randiv to Trott, Landed outside off, Trott punches it through the covers. Trott takes the single, turns for the second, Cook is not sure, Trott stutters, but then Cook sees that the ball is in the gap and then the second is taken. 125/1

52.5 S Randiv to Trott, Comes forward and defends this nicely. 123/1

52.4 S Randiv to Trott, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 123/1

52.3 S Randiv to Trott, Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 123/1

52.2 S Randiv to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 123/1

52.1 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, Trott looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 123/1

51.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Full outside off, defended back to the bowler. 123/1

51.5 T Dilshan to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 123/1

51.4 T Dilshan to Trott, Landed on middle, Trott goes back and works it towards fine leg for a single. There is a huge roar from the English contingent in the crowd. 123/1

Jonathan Trott walks in at number 3, replacing Strauss. England trail by 153 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

51.3 T Dilshan to Strauss, OUT! Caught behind! At long last, Sri Lanka get the breakthrough! Short outside off, 84.6 kph, Strauss goes for the cut but the ball moves away a bit after pitching and takes the outside edge. Prasanna Jayawardene collects and leaps in the air in celebration and the umpire raises his finger. Strauss departs for a patient 61, the 122-run stand is broken, ENGLAND 122/1! 122/1

51.2 T Dilshan to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 122/0

51.1 T Dilshan to A Strauss, Full outside off, Strauss comes forward to defend but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to first slip. 122/0

50.6 S Randiv to Cook, On middle, solidly defended again. 122/0

50.5 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 122/0

50.4 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, left alone again. 122/0

50.3 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, left alone. 122/0

50.2 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, Cook lunges out to defend but gets a thick outside edge which goes on the bounce to second slip. 122/0

50.1 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 122/0

Suraj Randiv is back on. 10-2-16-0 so far. England trail by 153 runs with all wickets intact.

DRINKS BREAK.

49.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Short outside off, cut through point for one. 122/0

49.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Landed outside off, played straight to point. 121/0

49.4 T Dilshan to A Strauss, Comes forward and pushes it towards mid off for a quick run. 121/0

49.3 T Dilshan to A Cook, Short outside off, 81.1 kph, cut through point for a single. 120/0

49.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Fired down the leg side, Cook misses out on the sweep shot. 119/0

David Lloyd tweets, "Think the press is very fair . Strauss will know what to expect with no hundred for 48 inngs. ONLY way to ease that is to score centuries"

49.1 T Dilshan to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 119/0

48.6 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it through mid-wicket for another single. 119/0

48.5 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and works it through square leg for one. 118/0

48.4 R Herath to Strauss, RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! Full on middle, Strauss comes forward and whips it towards short leg. The momentum takes him out of the crease and a sharp Thirimanne back-flicks it at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Strauss was a goner. 117/0

Silly point comes in....

48.3 R Herath to Strauss, Outside off again, pushed back to the bowler. 117/0

48.2 R Herath to Strauss, Landed outside off, 83.4 kph, Strauss goes back and works it through the legs of short leg for a run. 117/0

48.1 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, worked past mid-wicket for a single. 117/0

Mahela trying to slow things down a bit. Has a long chat with Herath.

47.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Flicks it off his pads for one more. 116/0

47.5 T Dilshan to Strauss, Drives it wide of mid off for a single. 115/0

47.4 T Dilshan to Strauss, Outside off, left alone. 114/0

"England over the last 2 yrs have consistently got big big scores when the openers have got them a start...Strauss Is one tough cookie.." tweets Michael Vaughan.

47.3 T Dilshan to Strauss, Tossed up outside off, solidly defended. 114/0

47.2 T Dilshan to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 114/0

47.1 T Dilshan to Strauss, Landed down the leg side, 74.1 kph, worked past square leg for a couple. 114/0

Tillakaratne Dilshan is back on. 3-1-3-0 so far. England trail by 163 runs with all wickets intact.

46.6 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, nicely blocked. 112/0

46.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 112/0

46.4 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and works it through square leg for a run. 112/0

46.3 R Herath to Strauss, Drives it straight to mid on. 111/0

46.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, 82.9 kph, flicked past mid-wicket for a single. 111/0

46.1 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 110/0

45.6 D Prasad to Strauss, FOUR! Full outside off, 135.1 kph, Strauss leans and drives it behind point for a boundary! 110/0

45.5 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. 106/0

45.4 D Prasad to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a single. 106/0

45.3 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 105/0

28th Test Fifty for Cook, 6th against Sri Lanka!

45.2 D Prasad to Cook, FOUR! Gets to his half century in style! Short outside off, 135.1 kph, Cook steers it through gully for a boundary! 105/0

45.1 D Prasad to Strauss, Punches it towards cover for a single. 101/0

44.6 R Herath to Cook, On middle, played straight to square leg. 100/0

44.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 100/0

44.4 R Herath to Cook, Works it straight to mid-wicket. 100/0

44.3 R Herath to Cook, FOUR! Well played! Takes it on the full and reverse sweeps it past backward point for a boundary! 100/0

Ayaz Memon tweets, "England'sday yet, with ball and bat.If they can get a lead of 150 or thereabouts Lanka could be up against it.But that's a long way off yet"

44.2 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it straight to square leg. 96/0

44.1 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, 80.8 kph, played straight to mid-wicket. 96/0

Rangana Herath to bowl now. 12-0-33-0 so far. England trail by 179 runs with all wickets intact.

43.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Punches it straight to cover. 96/0

43.5 D Prasad to Strauss, Full on middle, 137.1 kph, comes forward and defends. 96/0

43.4 D Prasad to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 96/0

43.3 D Prasad to Cook, Short outside off, 136 kph, Cook cuts it powerfully towards point where Dilshan dives to his right and partially stops it. A single taken. 96/0

43.2 D Prasad to Cook, Full on middle, 136 kph, Cook comes forward and pushes it towards mid on. 95/0

43.1 D Prasad to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, punched towards cover. 95/0

42.6 S Randiv to Cook, Down the leg side, another sweep for a single. 95/0

27th Test Fifty for Strauss, second against Sri Lanka!

42.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Goes back and works it towards square leg for one. 94/0

42.4 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a run. 93/0

42.3 S Randiv to Strauss, Full on middle, Strauss gently sweeps it towards fine leg for a single. 92/0

42.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 91/0

42.1 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 91/0

41.6 D Prasad to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 91/0

41.5 D Prasad to Cook, Full and down the leg side, 135.2 kph, Cook misses out on the flick. 91/0

41.4 D Prasad to Cook, Goes back and punches it straight to cover. 91/0

41.3 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 91/0

41.2 D Prasad to A Cook, Short outside off, 132.1 kph, mistimes his cut towards point. 91/0

41.1 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 91/0

Dammika Prasad into the attack. 6-3-13-0 so far. England trail by 184 runs with all wickets intact.

40.6 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, 87.6 kph, Cook paddle sweeps this down to fine leg for a single. 91/0

40.5 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, solidly defended. 90/0

40.4 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 90/0

40.3 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 90/0

CRICKET STAT - 66 out of the 80 dismissals for England this winter have been against spinners. Of those, 39 percent have been LBWs!

40.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Drives it through point for a single. 90/0

40.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, 87.1 kph, left alone. 89/0

39.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Comes forward and defends. 89/0

39.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 89/0

39.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, Short on middle, 128.9 kph, pulled away towards mid-wicket for three runs. 89/0

39.3 S Lakmal to Strauss, Outside off, left alone. 86/0

39.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, Played to the point region by the batsman. 86/0

39.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 86/0

38.6 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 86/0

38.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Full on middle, 81.9 kph, swept away for a single. 86/0

38.4 S Randiv to A Strauss, Short outside off, cut straight to point. 85/0

38.3 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, defended back to the bowler. 85/0

38.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 85/0

38.1 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 85/0

37.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Another short delivery, does not come off the pitch, Cook mistimes his cut straight to point. 85/0

37.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 85/0

37.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Short outside off, 128.2 kph, cut straight to point. 85/0

37.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, left alone. 85/0

37.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Full on middle, 128.2 kph, Cook defends it from his crease. 85/0

37.1 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 85/0

Suranga Lakmal to continue....

36.6 S Randiv to Strauss, Tossed up, 86.2 kph, comes forward to defend. 85/0

36.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 85/0

36.4 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 85/0

36.3 S Randiv to Cook, Another quick run taken towards cover. 85/0

36.2 S Randiv to A Strauss, Short outside off, punched towards cover for a quick single. 84/0

36.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, defended solidly. 83/0

Suraj Randiv to start off proceedings after Tea. Strauss to face. All set! Here we go!

The umpires walk out to the middle with Asad Rauf making some comic actions in front of the camera. The Lankans are out in a huddle. Mahela looks very animated.

Day 2, third session.....

The first wicket-less session of the series! Not too many highlights, good bowling from the Lankans, but some poor fielding cost them a couple of wickets. Strauss and Cook have battled hard and laid a good platform. They now trail by 192 runs and still have all wickets intact. Sri Lanka desperate for a breakthrough. Join us back at 0930 GMT (1500 IST) for the final session of the day.

35.6 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. TEA ON DAY 2! 83/0

35.5 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full on middle, 127 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for three. 83/0

35.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, Another leave outside the off stump. 80/0

35.3 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 80/0

35.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 80/0

35.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full outside off, 129.9 kph, left alone. 80/0

Should be the last over before Tea.

34.6 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, well defended. 80/0

34.5 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 80/0

34.4 S Randiv to Strauss, Flicks it away for one. 80/0

34.3 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 79/0

34.2 S Randiv to Cook, Whips it through mid-wicket for a run. 79/0

34.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Short, punched away for a single. 78/0

33.6 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 77/0

33.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Ooohhh...this one comes back in off the seam, 130.1 kph, Cook looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge past short leg. Two runs taken. 77/0

33.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Yorker outside off, 129.2 kph, Cook digs it out. 75/0

33.3 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 75/0

33.2 S Lakmal to A Cook, Excellent fielding. Full outside off, 125.9 kph, Cook drives it towards cover where Randiv dives full length to his left and stops the ball. 75/0

33.2 S Lakmal to Cook, NO BALL. Oversteps and lands it short outside off, 126.7 kph, Cook cuts it straight to point. 75/0

33.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, 128.2 kph steered straight to point. 74/0

32.6 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 74/0

32.5 S Randiv to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a couple. 74/0

32.4 S Randiv to Cook, Played to the point region by the batsman. 73/0

32.3 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, 84.6 kph, defended solidly. 73/0

32.2 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 73/0

32.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, 85.3 kph, pushed towards 73/0

Suraj Randiv into the attack now. 4-2-3-0 so far. England trail by 202 runs with all wickets intact.

31.6 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 73/0

31.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a single. 73/0

31.4 S Lakmal to Cook, It's been driven superbly through the covers. 72/0

31.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 129.5 kph, left alone. 72/0

31.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 72/0

31.1 S Lakmal to A Cook, Full outside off, 130.2 kph, driven straight to mid off. 72/0

30.6 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 72/0

30.5 R Herath to Strauss, Short outside off, punches the ball through the covers for a couple. 72/0

30.4 R Herath to Strauss, Pushes at this one without any conviction and is beaten. 70/0

30.3 R Herath to Strauss, DROPPED! Now this is a regulation chance. Landed on middle, 82 kph, Strauss goes back and flicks it straight to Thirimanne at short leg who cannot hold on. 70/0

30.2 R Herath to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 70/0

30.1 R Herath to Strauss, Flicks it through square leg for a couple. 70/0

29.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, 132.5 kph, steered straight to point. 68/0

29.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 130.9 kph, left alone. 68/0

Yawn......that is how this Test match is progressing. Even the English supporters are taking a nap. But on a larger frame, England would not mind this continuous grinding from the openers.

29.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 68/0

29.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 131.5 kph, Cook feels for it but is beaten. 68/0

29.2 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 68/0

29.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full and well outside off, 132.3 kph, left alone. 68/0

28.6 R Herath to Cook, Fuller on off, 84 kph, Cook lunges out to work it through square leg for a run. 68/0

28.5 R Herath to Cook, Oohhh...Cook gets far to across, Herath fires this on middle, Cook gets in a tangle to defend but manages to get his bat down in time. 67/0

28.4 R Herath to Cook, Landed outside off, another forward defense from the vice-captain. 67/0

28.3 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, Cook comes forward and defends. 67/0

28.2 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and whips it behind square leg for a single. 67/0

28.1 R Herath to Strauss, Full outside off, 80.8 kph, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 66/0

27.6 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 66/0

27.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 66/0

27.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Punches it towards cover where the fielder does well. 66/0

27.3 S Lakmal to Strauss, Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 66/0

27.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 65/0

27.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full on middle, 130.3 kph, flicked towards mid-wicket for a couple. 65/0

Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack. 4-0-17-0 so far. England trail by 212 runs with all wickets intact.

26.6 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, solidly defended. 63/0

26.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh-pad. 63/0

26.4 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. 63/0

26.3 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and punches it through the covers for a single. 63/0

26.2 Herath to Strauss, Another vociferous appeal for LBW, calmly turned down by Asad Rauf. Full on middle, Strauss goes back to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. Too high. 62/0

26.1 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 62/0

25.6 S Randiv to Cook, Goes back in his crease to defend. 62/0

25.5 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/0

25.4 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, comes forward to defend. 62/0

25.3 S Randiv to Cook, Another forward defense. 62/0

25.2 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, solidly defended. 62/0

25.1 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/0

24.6 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 62/0

24.5 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it past mid-wicket for a single. 62/0

24.4 R Herath to Cook, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 61/0

24.3 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, flicked straight to short leg. 61/0

24.2 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 61/0

24.1 R Herath to Cook, FOUR! Short on middle, 77.6 kph, Cook goes back and pulls it past short leg for a boundary! 61/0

23.6 S Randiv to Strauss, Short outside off, punched off the back foot straight to point. 57/0

23.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Played to the point region by the batsman. 57/0

23.4 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, 84.9 kph, Strauss defends solidly. 57/0

23.3 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 57/0

23.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Outside off, steered straight to point. 57/0

23.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, solidly defended. 57/0

22.6 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it straight to short leg. 57/0

22.5 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and punches it off his back foot for a single. 57/0

22.4 R Herath to Strauss, On middle, played straight to mid-wicket. 56/0

22.3 R Herath to Strauss, Tossed up outside off, 81.7 kph, driven beautifully through the covers for a couple. 56/0

22.2 R Herath to Cook, Works it down to fine leg for a single. 54/0

22.1 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it past short leg but it is backed up by mid-wicket. 53/0

21.6 S Randiv to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a run. 53/0

21.5 S Randiv to Cook, Goes back and pushes it towards Randiv. 52/0

21.4 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 52/0

21.3 S Randiv to Cook, Beaten! Nicely tossed up outside off, Cook reaches out to defend but the ball spins away and JUST goes past the outside edge! 52/0

21.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Comes forward and drives it wide of mid off for a single. 52/0

21.1 Randiv to Strauss, Another LBW shout, turned down. Full on middle, Strauss looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 51/0

20.6 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 51/0

20.5 R Herath to Cook, Oohhh...pushes this in the air back to the bowler and it lands just short! 51/0

20.4 R Herath to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a couple. 50-STAND UP! The best opening stand for England the whole winter! 51/0

20.3 R Herath to Cook, Pushes it back to the bowler. 49/0

20.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, flicked straight to short leg. 49/0

20.1 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 49/0

DRINKS BREAK.

Some fun scenes in the crowd. A few English supporters in the crowd are shouting, "Barmy Army!" Seeing this, a frustrated Sri Lankan fan shouts, "SRI LANKA!" every time the camera pans on them....

19.6 S Randiv to Cook, Drives this sweetly through the covers for a single. 49/0

19.5 S Randiv to Cook, Comes forward and defends again. 48/0

19.4 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 48/0

19.3 S Randiv to A Cook, Full outside off, 85.1 kph, driven towards cover where the fielder does well. 48/0

19.2 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 48/0

19.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, solidly defended. 48/0

Suraj Randiv into the attack now. England trail by 227 runs with all wickets intact.

18.6 R Herath to Cook, Pushes it to cover for a single. 48/0

18.5 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 47/0

18.4 R Herath to Cook, Goes back and defends. 47/0

18.3 R Herath to Cook, Quicker on middle, Cook defends. "OH HO HOYE!" shouts the keeper. 47/0

18.2 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, 78.6 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 47/0

18.1 R Herath to A Strauss, EDGED BUT SHORT! There's that delivery, tossed up outside off, 81.8 kph, Strauss pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to Mahela at first slip. 46/0

"Fine start by England...but as we've seen from their recent performances, going ahead "Kuchch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai"!" tweets Ayaz Memon. The last phrase means that "Anything can happen!"

17.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Full and outside off, closer to the stumps, well defended again. 46/0

17.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Similar delivery, slightly wider outside off, Cook lunges out to defend. 46/0

17.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Fuller, 86 kph, draws Cook forward who defends it back. 46/0

17.3 T Dilshan to Cook, The arm ball again, pushed towards cover. 46/0

17.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Just a little bit quicker on middle, 90.8 kph, Cook defends it towards short mid-wicket. 46/0

17.1 T Dilshan to Strauss, Short outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 46/0

16.6 R Herath to Cook, Goes back and defends again. 45/0

16.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 45/0

16.4 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, 81.6 kph, Strauss just plonks his bat and gets a thick outside edge past slip to third man for a single. 45/0

16.3 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 44/0

16.2 R Herath to Strauss, Tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a couple. 44/0

16.1 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, 80.2 kph, Cook reaches out and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 42/0

15.6 T Dilshan to Strauss, Another forward defense. 41/0

15.5 T Dilshan to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 41/0

15.4 T Dilshan to Strauss, Flicks it straight to short leg. 41/0

15.3 T Dilshan to Strauss, Full on middle, nicely defended. 41/0

15.2 T Dilshan to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 41/0

15.1 T Dilshan to Strauss, Outside off, played to point. 41/0

14.6 R Herath to Cook, Ooohhh...did that carry? Ohhh..no bat, okay. Full on middle, Cook looks to work it away but misses and the ball goes off his pads which does not carry to short leg. 41/0

14.5 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, comes forward to defend. 41/0

14.4 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 41/0

14.3 R Herath to Strauss, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 41/0

14.2 Herath to Strauss, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Pitched outside off, Strauss comes half forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Impact looked to be outside off. Prasanna Jayawardene coaxes Mahela to go for the review but the skipper shakes his head. Hawk Eye confirms the impact to be outside. 40/0

14.1 R Herath to Strauss, FOUR! Streaky! Landed outside off, Strauss goes hard at it and gets a thick outside edge past first slip to third man! 40/0

13.6 T Dilshan to Strauss, Pushes this through the covers for a run. 36/0

13.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Whips it through mid-wicket for a single. 35/0

13.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Comes forward and drives it straight to mid off. 34/0

13.3 T Dilshan to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 34/0

13.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Short outside off, Cook stands tall and keeps it out. 34/0

13.1 T Dilshan to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 34/0

Dilshan into the attack...

12.6 R Herath to Cook, Slogs it over mid-wicket for a single. 34/0

12.5 R Herath to Cook, Comes forward and dead-bats it. 33/0

12.4 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket again. 33/0

12.3 R Herath to Cook, On middle, played straight to short mid-wicket. 33/0

12.2 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 33/0

12.1 R Herath to Cook, DROPPED! Or is it? Not quite. Full on middle, 82.2 kph, Cook goes back to work it to the leg side and hits it towards short leg. Thirimanne looks to pick it up but the ball bounces JUST in front. 33/0

11.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 132.8 kph, left alone. 33/0

11.5 D Prasad to Cook, On middle, 132.4 kph, flicked behind square leg for a single. 33/0

11.4 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 32/0

11.3 D Prasad to Cook, Short again, this time Cook goes the other side! Punches it through the covers for two more. 32/0

11.2 D Prasad to Cook, Oh...that's well played. Short delivery on middle, 131.1 kph, Cook swivels and pulls it nicely through square leg for a couple. 30/0

11.1 D Prasad to Strauss, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 28/0

10.6 R Herath to Strauss, Ooohhh...goes back to flick it away but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads past short leg for a single. 27/0

10.5 R Herath to Strauss, Ridiculous appeal for LBW,turned down. Landed well outside off, 77.7 kph, Strauss gets well forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. 26/0

10.4 R Herath to Strauss, Full outside off, solidly defended. 26/0

10.3 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 26/0

10.2 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, flicked straight to square leg. 26/0

10.1 R Herath to Strauss, Landed outside off, Strauss goes back to defend. 26/0

9.6 D Prasad to Cook, Full outside off, 134.1 kph, pushed straight to cover. 26/0

9.5 D Prasad to Cook, Yorker outside off, 131.9 kph, dug out to mid off. 26/0

9.4 D Prasad to Cook, Goes back and defends it back to the bowler. 26/0

9.3 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 26/0

9.2 D Prasad to Cook, Full on middle, 132.2 kph, solidly defended. 26/0

9.1 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 26/0

8.6 R Herath to Cook, Slightly short outside off, Cook goes back and works it towards deep mid-wicket for a run. Cook likes to slog sweep but he will like to see three men in the deep on the leg side so early in the innings. 26/0

8.5 R Herath to Cook, This time he counters the spin properly and pushes it to short mid-wicket. 25/0

8.4 R Herath to Cook, Aha...the quicker delivery on middle, Cook looks to defend but gets a leading edge which goes to point. 25/0

8.3 R Herath to Cook, Flighted, outside off again, Cook reaches out to block again. 25/0

8.2 R Herath to Cook, Outside off, Cook lunges out to defend. 25/0

8.1 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, 78 kph, Strauss goes back and tucks it past Thirimanne at short leg for a single. 25/0

Rangana Herath into the attack. England trail by 251 runs with all wickets intact.

7.6 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 24/0

7.5 D Prasad to Cook, Oohhh...full outside off, 134.8 kph, Cook drives it straight back. Prasad gets a hand to it and deflects it past the stumps at the non-striker's end as Strauss dives in. The non-strikers need to be careful as now-a-days, plenty of batsmen are getting run out in this fashion. Latest example, Thilan Samaraweera at Galle. 24/0

7.4 D Prasad to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 24/0

7.3 D Prasad to Cook, Three in a row, left alone outside off. 24/0

7.2 D Prasad to Cook, Wider outside off, 134.7 kph, easier to leave this one. 24/0

7.1 D Prasad to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, 130.4 kph, left alone and it is not far from the off stick. 24/0

6.6 S Lakmal to Strauss, Dabs it past gully and comes back for the second. 24/0

6.5 S Lakmal to Strauss, Landed outside off, 132.8 kph, left alone. 22/0

6.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 22/0

Comes around the wicket to Strauss.

6.3 S Lakmal to A Cook, Full on middle, 134.1 kph, driven towards mid on for a single. 22/0

6.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Left alone again. Outside off, the ball was. 21/0

6.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, left alone. 21/0

A bit of hammering being done near the footholes. Mahela getting his right hand taped after a bit of injury while trying to pull a ball back.

5.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Outside off again, left alone. 21/0

5.5 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 21/0

5.4 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 134.3 kph, pushed straight to cover. 21/0

5.3 D Prasad to Strauss, Good length delivery on middle, 133.6 kph, Strauss looks to work it to the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 21/0

5.2 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 21/0

5.1 D Prasad to Strauss, FOUR! Fine shot. Full outside off, 130.4 kph, Strauss comes forward and drives it straight down the ground past the bowler! 21/0

Dammika Prasad to continue as well....

4.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 17/0

4.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 17/0

4.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, 134 kph, played straight to point. 17/0

4.3 S Lakmal to A Cook, FOUR! Fine shot. Full on middle, Cook comes forward and flicks it through mid on. Herath chases it down and slides into the ropes along with the ball. 17/0

4.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 133 kph, steered behind point for a couple. 13/0

4.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, Cook defends it back to the bowler. 11/0

Lakmal to continue after Lunch.

We are all set for the afternoon session on Day 2 at the P Sara Oval for the second Test between Sri Lanka and England. It was a good morning session for the visitors and they will look to press the advantage further.

DAY 2, SESSION 2.....

That ends a terrific morning session for England. First, they restricted Sri Lanka to just 37 runs from their overnight score, picking up 4 wickets and then batted out a nervy 4 overs before Lunch. No dramas in the pitch as yet, but the real test will come when the spinners come on. Join us back at 0710 GMT (1240 IST) for the second session.

3.6 D Prasad to Strauss, A bouncer to end the session, Strauss ducks. LUNCH ON DAY 2! 11/0

3.5 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 135.6 kph, left alone again. 11/0

3.4 D Prasad to Strauss, Similar delivery, 133 kph, this time Strauss lets it go. 11/0

3.3 D Prasad to Strauss, Oohhh...well well well, a moment of fortune for the England captain! Good length delivery just outside off, 136.3 kph, Strauss goes for the cut but the ball is too close to his body and goes off the inside edge past the stumps! 11/0

3.2 D Prasad to Strauss, Wider outside off, 131.2 kph, left alone again. 11/0

3.1 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, swinging away, 134.7 kph, Strauss lets it go and Prasanna Jayawardene dives full length to his left to stop the ball. 11/0

Sri Lanka manage to sneak in one more over before Lunch.

2.6 S Lakmal to Cook, FOUR! Nice shot. Full and on the pads, 131 kph, Cook flicks it with finesse through mid-wicket for a boundary. 11/0

2.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 7/0

2.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Full and straight, defended with caution. 7/0

2.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, 134.1 kph, pushed straight to cover. 7/0

Comes around the wicket.

CRICKET STAT - Graeme Swann picked up 4 wickets in the first innings. Of his 176 wickets in Test matches, 91 have been in the first innings.

2.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Action replay of the previous delivery. 7/0

2.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, 132.7 kph, left alone. 7/0

1.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 134 kph, watchfully left alone. 7/0

1.5 D Prasad to Strauss, Good length delivery outside off, 136.1 kph, defended towards cover. 7/0

1.4 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 7/0

1.3 D Prasad to A Cook, Edged but safe! Full outside off, 133.5 kph, Cook pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge which lands short of the fielder at first slip. He fails to stop it cleanly and the ball bursts through his left palm to third man. Three runs taken. 7/0

1.2 D Prasad to Cook, Excellent yorker on middle, 131.3 kph, Cook digs it out. 4/0

1.1 D Prasad to Cook, Full outside off, 133.5 kph, pushed straight to cover. 4/0

And a bird stops play again. Flies right in between the batsman and the bowler when the latter is about to bowl. Need to check the flight timings.

Dammika Prasad to bowl from the other end. England trail by 271 runs with all wickets in hand.

0.6 S Lakmal to Strauss, Goes wider outside off, 130.9 kph, is left alone. 4/0

0.5 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full and straight, 134.1 kph, defended back to the bowler. 4/0

0.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, Slightly wider outside off, 134.6 kph, left alone. 4/0

0.3 S Lakmal to A Strauss, FOUR! Edged but with some control. Full outside off, 132.8 kph, Strauss comes forward to defend and gets a bit of an outside edge through the slips. However, the replays show that he did open the face of the bat a touch. 4/0

0.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, Landed on length outside off, 135.4 kph, left alone. 0/0

0.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full on middle, 135.7 kph, Strauss flicks it straight to one of the two mid-wickets in place. 0/0

Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

117.6 D Prasad to Prior, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A wicket maiden for Prasad! 347/4

117.5 D Prasad to Prior, On middle, 120.6 kph, solidly defended. 347/4

117.4 Prasad to Prior, Nicely bowled, slower delivery, 121.1 kph, full outside off, Prior defends watchfully. 347/4

Matt Prior walks in at number 6, replacing Bell. England lead by 72 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

117.3 D Prasad to Bell, OUT! Stop the press. Sri Lanka have got a wicket. Bigger news. They have taken a catch. Short outside off, Bell goes for the pull and hits it pretty well but finds Randiv at short mid-wicket who does well diving to his right. Prasad is relieved and looks up at the heavens. Bell walks off, definitely not happy, for 18. ENGLAND 347/4! 347/4

117.2 D Prasad to Bell, Way outside off, 119.9 kph, left alone. 347/3

Controversies galore. Apparently, the umpires have warned Pietersen for wasting time and should he do so again, five runs would be taken off the total. Coach Andy Flower is having chat with the match referee Javagal Srinath on the matter. In fact, there is a heated discussion still going on between Oxenford and Pietersen.

117.1 D Prasad to Ian Bell, Full outside off, 124.6 kph, driven straight to cover. 347/3

116.6 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. 347/3

Ayaz Memon tweets, "Pietersen's 20th century couldn't have been better made or better timed. Puts England in driver's seat. Lanka have task on hand to save test"

116.5 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, 79 kph, pushed through the covers for a single. 347/3

116.4 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, solidly defended. 346/3

116.3 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, played straight to point. 346/3

116.2 R Herath to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 346/3

116.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on middle, swept away for a single. 346/3

Rangana Herath is back on. 36-7-80-1 so far. This stand is worth 92 from 109 balls. England have scored 117/1 in 23 overs since Lunch. They lead by 71 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 40 overs left in the day.

115.6 D Prasad to Bell, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 345/3

115.5 D Prasad to Bell, Played to the point region by the batsman. 345/3

115.4 D Prasad to Bell, On middle, 120.9 kph, pushed straight to mid-wicket. 345/3

115.3 D Prasad to Bell, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 345/3

115.2 D Prasad to Ian Bell, DROPPED! Sri Lanka have not been at their best in the field and that was a sitter. Full outside off, 119.2 kph, Bell drives it in the air, pretty early, foxed by the change in pace and hits it straight to Mathews at short cover who gets low to take the catch but spills it! 345/3

115.1 D Prasad to Bell, Full outside off, 117.6 kph, left alone. 345/3

A bit of a break for Pietersen. He takes his helmet off, calls for a drink and this goes on for a pretty long time, Interestingly, neither the Lankans nor the umpires object.

114.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! The ugliest of boundaries, if ever there was any. Pietersen wildly jumps out of his crease, Dilshan drops it short and way down the leg side, Pietersen swings madly and somehow manages to get it to fine leg! 19 runs from the over! 345/3

20th Test hundred for Pietersen, third against Sri Lanka!

114.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, And he gets to his ton with a reverse sweep! Bowled outside leg, KP reverse laps it towards third man and comes back for the second! Pietersen leaps in the air in celebration and punches the air in delight too! "COME ONNNNNN!" are the words that escape his mouth. Take a bow, big fella. It has been a wonderful knock. 341/3

Boo! Boo! Nope, that is not from me but from the crowd. That's twice in succession that Dilshan has come to bowl but has not released the ball. Umpire Asad Rauf has a chat with the bowler. Apparently, Pietersen was shaping up for the reverse sweep and that is why Dilshan did that.

114.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Another reverse sweep, picked up from outside leg. Pietersen mistimes it completely through third man and gets a couple. 339/3

114.3 T Dilshan to K Pietersen, SIX! Going, going, gone! Poor delivery, long hop on middle, Pietersen rocks back and pulls it massively over mid-wicket! Maximum for Pietersen, moves to 96! 337/3

114.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! Down the leg side, 74.3 kph, Pietersen whacks it through fine leg for a boundary! 331/3

Ha ha! Pietersen shapes up for the reverse sweep but Dilshan does not release the ball!

114.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Comes down the track and gets a single with a defensive push. 327/3

113.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Driven towards the mid on region. 326/3

113.5 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 135.6 kph, Pietersen takes his bat away from the line. 326/3

113.4 Prasad to Pietersen, FOUR! Almost gets his man! The slower delivery, 123.7 kph, fuller in length outside off, Pietersen is early into his shot but manages to get it over the bowler towards long off! 326/3

113.3 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 131.6 kph, left alone. 322/3

113.2 D Prasad to Pietersen, Good length delivery outside off, stays low, 130.8 kph, Pietersen keeps it out. 322/3

113.1 D Prasad to Pietersen, Full outside off, 120.7 kph, driven straight to mid off. Jayawardena trying to build pressure on Pietersen by keeping the field up. 322/3

Thilan Samaraweera is off the field. Dinesh Chandimal is on for him.

112.6 T Dilshan to Bell, That keeps just a fraction low, outside off, Bell gets his bat down in time. Dilshan looks frustrated. He has bowled well. 322/3

112.5 T Dilshan to Bell, On middle, solidly defended. 322/3

112.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Plays the reverse sweep again, this time with much control towards sweeper cover for a single. 322/3

112.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full outside leg, Pietersen pushes it towards short mid-wicket. 321/3

112.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! Improvisation! Landed outside leg, 77 kph, Pietersen looks to go for the switch hit initially, gets himself cramped for room but ends up playing a safe reverse sweep over cover for a boundary! 321/3

112.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Landed on leg stump, worked through square leg for the first run after the break. 317/3

111.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Well outside off, 132.6 kph, left alone. Back to back maidens, England seem to be in no hurry after Lunch. 316/3

111.5 D Prasad to K Pietersen, Extraordinary shot! Short outside off, Pietersen goes for the pull but then ends up playing a forehand shot towards mid on. 316/3

111.4 D Prasad to Pietersen, Down the leg side, 121 kph, Pietersen looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. 316/3

111.3 D Prasad to Pietersen, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 316/3

111.2 D Prasad to Pietersen, Good length delivery outside off, 133 kph, Pietersen goes hard at it and gets a thick bottom edge towards cover. 316/3

111.1 D Prasad to K Pietersen, Full toss outside off, 133.9 kph, driven straight to short cover. 316/3

The pitch is not the best to bat on but 275 does not look that challenging a total. England will look to bat at least better than what they did at Galle.

Anderson was brilliant at the start, with three wickets, demolishing the top order while Swann was excellent towards the end, taking 4. Bresnan was crucial in picking up two wickets, one which included the big one of Samaraweera.

Good effort from the English bowlers, not allowing the tail to wag. Though, they will be a bit unhappy as well to let the Lankans reach 275. Century for Mahela and half centuries for Samaraweera and Mathews but the rest of the batsmen could not help much.

111.1 Swann to S Lakmal, OUT! Timber! That's it for the innings. Swann tosses this up beautifully outside off, 86.9 kph, Lakmal lunges forward to defend but the ball spins back in from the rough and crashes into leg stump. Lakmal has a long look at the pitch and then walks back. SRI LANKA BOWLED OUT FOR 275! 275/10

110.6 T Dilshan to Bell, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 316/3

110.5 T Dilshan to Bell, Comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler. 316/3

110.4 Dilshan to Bell, Big appeal from Dilshan for LBW, nothing from umpire Asad Rauf. Pitched may be outside leg, 80.4 kph, Bell strides forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Yes, confirmed by the Hawk Eye that the ball pitched outside leg. 316/3

110.3 T Dilshan to Bell, Three in a row now, landed on middle, blocked towards short leg. 316/3

110.2 T Dilshan to Bell, Similar length, same shot, same result. 316/3

110.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Landed on middle, defended in front of short leg. 316/3

110.6 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Drives it towards mid off where Anderson fields and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end. Lakmal just about plonks his bat in at the last moment. 275/9

110.5 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Driven through mid off by the batsman. 275/9

110.4 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, FOUR! Stunning, absolutely stunning. Full outside off, 126.4 kph, Prasad comes forward and drives it on the up through the covers! 275/9

110.3 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Ooohhh....lucky. Short outside off, 127 kph, Prasad goes for the pull with both his feet in the air and gets a thick inside edge which dribbles past the stumps. 271/9

110.2 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, This is outside off, 125.5 kph, Prasad comes forward and drives it towards mid off. 271/9

110.1 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Full and straight, 126 kph, Prasad defends. 271/9

DRINKS BREAK. Time for Sri Lanka to get together and gather their thoughts.

109.6 D Prasad to Pietersen, Landed outside off, 134.2 kph, left alone. 316/3

109.5 D Prasad to Pietersen, Hmmm....no bounce at all on that one, landed outside off, 135.9 kph, Pietersen looks to defend and has to get his bat down in a hurry. 316/3

109.4 D Prasad to Pietersen, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 316/3

109.3 D Prasad to Bell, Steers it through point for a single. 316/3

109.2 D Prasad to Bell, Punches it off the back foot. 315/3

109.1 D Prasad to Bell, Good length delivery outside off, 129.3 kph, solidly defended. 315/3

109.6 G Swann to Lakmal, Full outside off, turning in, defended back to the bowler. 271/9

109.5 G Swann to Prasad, Pushes this towards cover for a single. 271/9

109.4 G Swann to Prasad, Huge appeal for caught behind, turned down. The quicker one, outside off, Prasad pushes and misses. Prior immediately goes up in an appeal but the umpire does not consider it. England do not go for the review but hello, there is a NOISE as the ball goes past! 270/9

109.3 G Swann to Prasad, Fuller again, Prasad comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 270/9

109.2 G Swann to Prasad, This one is held back a bit, bites off the pitch, Prasad blocks it solidly. 270/9

109.1 G Swann to Prasad, Full outside off, comes back in, Prasad defends. 270/9

Change of pace then. Dammika Prasad comes back. 14-4-50-0 so far. This stand is worth 62 from 67 balls. England have scored 76/1 in 16 overs since Lunch. They lead by 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 47 overs left in the day.

108.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full outside off, Pietersen sweeps it hard into Thirimanne at short leg and the ball deflects away towards mid-wicket. 315/3

108.5 T Dilshan to Bell, Drives it through mid on for a single. 315/3

108.4 T Dilshan to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 314/3

108.3 T Dilshan to Bell, Bowled slowly through the air, on middle, Bell blocks it out. 314/3

108.2 T Dilshan to Bell, Full outside off, 81.9 kph, Bell leans and drives this through the covers for a couple. 314/3

108.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Landed on middle, defended in front of short leg. 312/3

Suranga Lakmal is the last man in. The tail has not been able to wag this morning. Mahela Jayawardena said in an interview just before the start of play today that he wanted 300. Looks like Sri Lanka will fall well short of that.

108.6 Tim Bresnan to Herath, OUT! Caught behind! Just ran out of patience there, Herath. Short delivery outside off, 128 kph, angling across, Herath goes for the pull but only manages a thin outside edge to the keeper. Herath departs for 2, SRI LANKA 270/9! 270/9

108.5 Tim Bresnan to Herath, Similar ball, 126 kph, Herath defends. 270/8

108.4 Tim Bresnan to Herath, Comes over the wicket, bowls it on middle, 127.6 kph, Herath defends. 270/8

108.3 Tim Bresnan to Herath, Slips this down the leg side, 127.1 kph, Herath misses out on the flick. 270/8

108.2 Tim Bresnan to Herath, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 270/8

108.1 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Short on middle, 129 kph, Prasad goes for the pull and gets a top edge. The ball flies in the air and lands short of fine leg. A single taken. 270/8

107.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Reaches out and plays it towards point. 312/3

107.5 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 312/3

107.4 R Herath to Pietersen, FOUR! You can keep as many fielders on the off side but when Pietersen is on song, not many can break the tune. There are two men placed at extra cover. Herath bowls this outside off, 81 kph, as per the plan (the line, not the speed), Pietersen still goes inside out and plays it even wider of the second extra cover fielder for a boundary! 312/3

107.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Played to the point region by the batsman. 308/3

107.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Comes down the track but plays it back to the bowler. 308/3

107.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, solidly defended. 308/3

107.6 G Swann to Herath, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 269/8

107.5 G Swann to Herath, Outside off, played straight to point. 269/8

107.4 G Swann to Herath, Comes forward and blocks it solidly. 269/8

107.3 G Swann to Herath, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 269/8

107.2 G Swann to Herath, Comes forward and defends. 269/8

107.1 G Swann to Herath, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 269/8

106.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Goes back and works it through square leg for a run. 308/3

106.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Drives it back to the bowler again. 307/3

106.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, 78.6 kph, a real bad delivery, without much pace, spanked through the covers. 307/3

106.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Comes down the track but is not to the pitch of the ball and ends up pushing it back to the bowler. 303/3

50-stand is up!

106.2 T Dilshan to Bell, Down the leg side, 80.6 kph, worked away behind square leg for a single. 303/3

106.1 T Dilshan to Bell, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 302/3

106.6 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 269/8

106.5 Tim Bresnan to D Prasad, Drives it straight to mid on. 269/8

106.4 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, 125.8 kph, Prasad flashes hard and gets a thick outside edge through gully to third man! 269/8

106.3 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 265/8

106.2 Tim Bresnan to Herath, Flicks it behind square leg for a single. 265/8

106.1 Tim Bresnan to Herath, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 264/8

Randiv has been hit out of the attack. Tillakaratne Dilshan is back on. 15-3-39-2 so far. This stand is worth 49 from 49 balls. England have scored 63/1 in 13 overs since Lunch. They lead by 27 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 50 overs left in the day.

105.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Defends it again. AND THAT IS A MAIDEN! With Pietersen on strike! Moral victory for the bowler. 302/3

105.5 R Herath to Pietersen, Flat again, outside off, nicely blocked. 302/3

105.4 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 302/3

105.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Quicker and flatter outside off, 93.7 kph, Pietersen defends. The keeper shouts in a good tone, "OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" But there was nothing in the delivery to suggest that reaction. 302/3

105.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Outside off, pushed to point. 302/3

105.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, defended. Excuse me, did I type "defend?" Nope, that is not a typing mistake. He did really defend that. 302/3

105.6 G Swann to Prasad, Goes back and punches it back to the bowler. 264/8

105.5 G Swann to Prasad, More flight, pushed towards mid off. 264/8

105.4 G Swann to Prasad, Nicely tossed up outside off, Prasad comes forward and defends. 264/8

105.3 G Swann to D Prasad, Drives it straight to mid off. 264/8

105.2 G Swann to Herath, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 264/8

105.1 G Swann to Herath, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 263/8

104.6 S Randiv to Bell, Works it straight to short leg. 11 runs from the over! The lead is now 27! 302/3

104.5 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 302/3

104.4 S Randiv to Pietersen, Punches it in the air towards long off for a single. 302/3

104.3 S Randiv to Pietersen, Misfield! FOUR! Football skills not quite to the desired effect from Dammika Prasad. Full on middle, Pietersen sweeps it towards square leg. Prasad gets across to his right, slides and tries to stop the ball with his right leg but the ball goes off his legs into the ropes! 301/3

104.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR! Bad ball, given the treatment. Short and wide outside off, Pietersen goes back and punches it through the point region for a boundary. 297/3

104.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, Full on middle, 84 kph, Pietersen sweeps it towards fine leg and shouts, "PUSH! PUSH! PUSH!" Takes the single, Randiv smartly moves across to his left in an attempt to collect the throw from the fielder in case the keeper misses and gets in Pietersen's way. But KP literally shoves him away to his left and gets back for the second! 293/3

104.6 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Goes for a big hoick and mistimes it towards mid on. 263/8

104.5 Tim Bresnan to D Prasad, Short on middle, 129.1 kph, Prasad goes for the pull and mistimes it past short leg. The ball barely goes towards square leg but Pietersen simply jogs to the ball from fine leg and Prasad pounces on the opportunity to come back from the second. Strauss is not happy with Pietersen and gesticulates towards him from first slip. We don't usually see Strauss losing his cool but there he was, showing signs of frustration. 263/8

104.4 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Full outside off, 127.1 kph, driven straight to mid off. 261/8

104.3 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Goes back in his crease to defend this. 261/8

104.2 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 261/8

104.1 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Outside off, fuller in length, 126.6 kph, pushed defensively towards point. 261/8

103.6 R Herath to Bell, Full outside off, played straight to point. 291/3

103.5 R Herath to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 291/3

103.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Excellent batting. Goes back and punches it through the covers for another single. 291/3

103.3 R Herath to Bell, Similar shot, Bell initially shouts, "NO! NO! NO!" but Pietersen calls him through and they make the run quite comfortably. 290/3

103.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 289/3

103.1 R Herath to Bell, Short outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 288/3

103.6 G Swann to Herath, Another forward defense. A wicket maiden for Swann. 261/8

103.5 G Swann to Herath, Comes forward and blocks this one as well. 261/8

103.4 G Swann to Herath, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 261/8

103.3 G Swann to Herath, Full on off, solidly defended. 261/8

Rangana Herath walks out at number 10, replacing Mathews. How much can the tail add?

DRINKS BREAK now.

103.2 G Swann to Mathews, OUT! Caught! Uh-oh...that is a soft dismissal! Big wicket this! Smart bowling. Tosses this up outside off, 80.4 kph, Mathews comes down the track and looks to chip it over mid-wicket. However, unfortunately for him, he ends up chipping it straight to Strauss at short mid-wicket who leaps to take the catch. 2 years ago, in 2010, on this very ground, Mathews had got off in a similar fashion to Amit Mishra, spooning a catch to Sachin Tendulkar at short mid-wicket. Not learning from mistakes then. Mathews departs for 57, SRI LANKA 261/8! Two wickets in as many overs for Swanny. 261/8

103.1 G Swann to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 261/7

102.6 S Randiv to Ian Bell, Drives it through the covers for one. 287/3

102.5 S Randiv to Pietersen, Nothing dramatic, just works it through mid-wicket for a run. 286/3

Here we go then....ready for the resumption for the Pietersen-Randiv battle.

102.4 S Randiv to Bell, Full on middle, 83 kph, swept away for a single. 285/3

102.3 S Randiv to Bell, Full outside off, Bell looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Prasanna and Mahela go up in an appeal but then go down simultaneously. 284/3

102.2 S Randiv to Bell, Goes back and flicks it towards mid-wicket again. 284/3

102.1 S Randiv to Bell, Full outside off, Bell leans and flicks it towards short mid-wicket. 284/3

102.6 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, Outside off, 131 kph, left alone. 261/7

Oopss..... Prasad pulled out very late and Bresnan was already in his delivery stride and let go off the ball. The bowler is not impressed and umpire Oxenford has a word with the batsman. Actually, the latter is not to be blamed, as replays show that a bird flew right when Bresnan was about to release the ball.

102.5 Tim Bresnan to Prasad, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 261/7

102.4 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Short on middle, 132.3 kph, nicely pulled all along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 261/7

102.3 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Ohhh..lovely shot. Full on middle, 123.7 kph, Mathews drives it straight down the ground. Long on cuts it off and two runs taken. 260/7

102.2 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 258/7

102.1 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Outside off, 126 kph, punched straight to cover. 258/7

101.6 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 284/3

101.5 R Herath to Pietersen, Tossed up outside off, surprisingly Pietersen does not go after it and drives it towards mid off. 284/3

101.4 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has played it to the point region. 284/3

101.3 R Herath to Bell, Comes down the track again and drives it back to the bowler who dives to his left but cannot stop it. A single taken. 284/3

101.2 R Herath to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 283/3

101.1 R Herath to Bell, FOUR! And now Bell gets his dancing shoes on! Flighted on middle, 78.6 kph, Bell jumps out of his crease and lofts it cleanly over the bowler. Neatly done. 283/3

101.6 G Swann to Prasad, Comes forward and works it straight to short leg. 258/7

101.5 G Swann to Prasad, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 258/7

Dammika Prasad walks out at number 9, replacing Randiv. Ahead of Herath. Hmm...interesting. Probably his knocks in Australia recently have given him a promotion.

101.4 Swann to Randiv, OUT! Caught! Finally England get the breakthrough! Good catch but a poor shot. But a fine piece of captaincy. Kevin Pietersen at long on was kept three-quarters inside the ropes. Swann threw it up to the batsman and Randiv was enticed to go over Pietersen. He came down the track and looked to do exactly that but could not get to the pitch of the ball. It went off the bottom of the bat towards long on where Pietersen went back a couple of steps and took it cleanly over his head and tumbled over. Randiv walks back disappointed for 12, SRI LANKA 258/7! 258/7

Jonathan Trott is now off the ground. Bopara is the substitute. Earlier, Bell was off the field.

101.3 G Swann to Randiv, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 258/6

101.2 G Swann to Randiv, Full on middle, Randiv looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 258/6

101.1 G Swann to Mathews, Short outside off, punched through the wide open spaces to deep cover for a single. 258/6

100.6 S Randiv to Bell, Gets off the mark by flicking the ball through mid-wicket. 279/3

100.5 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 278/3

100.4 S Randiv to Bell, Goes back and defends. 278/3

100.3 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 278/3

100.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 278/3

26th Test Fifty for Pietersen, third against Sri Lanka!

100.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, SIX! That's gone! Outta here! The ball, of course. Do not flight the ball to Pietersen, especially when he is in this sort of a mood. Bullying and aggressive. If you do, then get prepared for the treatment. Down the track comes Pietersen and whacks it over long on. The crowd stand up and applaud for a wonderful knock. Oh yes...Pietersen casually raises his bat in acknowledgement. 277/3

CRICKET STAT - The Sri Lankan tail averaged 64 in the Galle Test match. In the two innings combined, the tail made 248 runs off the 532 made by Sri Lanka. Awesome. Beware England.

100.6 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, A bouncer on middle, 126.7 kph, Randiv ducks. 257/6

100.5 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 257/6

100.4 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Full outside off, defended solidly off the front foot towards cover. 257/6

100.3 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Oohhh..is early into the drive and gets a bit of an inside edge back to the bowler. 257/6

A few white clouds are drifting in. Will serve as a relief for the players and spectators.

100.2 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Fuller, comes back in, 125.6 kph, Randiv works it straight to short mid-wicket. 257/6

100.1 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Outside off, 121.6 kph, played straight to point. 257/6

99.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Lucky there! Full outside off, Pietersen looks to flick across the line but gets a leading edge which flies through point! Keeps the strike with a single. 271/3

99.5 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 270/3

99.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Good fielding! Full outside off, Pietersen comes forward and drives it through extra covers. Mathews runs across from long off and dives prematurely to his left but manages to pull the ball back in. There were three available but Pietersen literally walks back for the second. 270/3

99.3 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 268/3

99.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Yes, yes, no, no, in the end, a dot ball. Full on middle, Pietersen flicks it towards short mid-wicket, sets off for the single, but on seeing the fielder close in pretty quickly, changes his mind. Luckily for Bell, the fielder fumbled. 268/3

99.1 R Herath to Pietersen, Short outside off, punched straight to point. 268/3

Tim Bresnan to bowl now. 15-2-32-1 so far. This stand is worth 30 from 94 balls. Sri Lanka have scored 19/0 in 10 overs this morning. 80 overs left in the day.

99.6 G Swann to Randiv, Landed on middle, Randiv goes back and works it past short leg for a single. 257/6

99.5 Swann to Randiv, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Slows this up through the air, 83.7 kph, turning in, Randiv goes for the sweep but misses and is hit well outside the line of off. Going over the top as well. 256/6

99.4 G Swann to Randiv, More flight outside off, Randiv comes forward and defends it towards point. 256/6

99.3 G Swann to S Randiv, That's well bowled, good flight, a little bit of dip outside off, Randiv goes for the drive but mistimes it uppishly past the bowler towards mid on. 256/6

99.2 G Swann to Randiv, Turns in from outside off, Randiv defends it watchfully. 256/6

99.1 G Swann to Randiv, Nicely tossed up outside off, a little bit of drift there for Swann, driven straight to point. 256/6

98.6 S Randiv to Bell, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 268/3

98.5 S Randiv to Pietersen, A single. Worked through mid-wicket that. Anti-climax. 268/3

98.4 S Randiv to Pietersen, SIX! Get your dancing shoes on, it is Kevin Pietersen into the attack! Not with the ball but with the bat, ladies and gentlemen! Tossed up outside off, 83.4 kph, Pietersen, who seems to be in a mood of dispatching everything that is flighted, comes down the track and sends the ball sailing over long on. 4,4,6! What next? 267/3

98.3 S Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR! This is even better! How on earth did he play that? There are plenty of spaces on the off side and Randiv rightly bowls it on middle. But Pietersen goes back, gives himself room to the leg side and punches it through the covers! There is the sole fielder running after it, Herath from mid off and he nearly pulls it back near the ropes but slides with the ball into the boundary! 261/3

98.2 S Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR! Fine shot. Full on middle, 81.8 kph, Pietersen goes down and sweeps it powerfully through square leg! 257/3

98.1 S Randiv to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 253/3

Graeme Swann into the attack now. 22-2-71-1 so far. This stand is worth 29 from 88 balls. Sri Lanka have scored 18/0 in 9 overs this morning. 81 overs left in the day.

98.6 J Anderson to Mathews, And gets dot ball number 117 by pushing the ball to cover. 256/6

98.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Landed outside off, punched towards cover. That's his 116th DOT BALL of the innings. Phew. Tremendous patience. 256/6

98.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Back to fuller length deliveries, 131.5 kph, Mathews defends it to cover. 256/6

98.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Terrific yorker on middle, 130 kph, Mathews digs it out. 256/6

98.2 J Anderson to Mathews, Similar delivery, 133.5 kph, well defended. 256/6

98.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Full outside off, 132.2 kph, solidly defended. 256/6

Suraj Randiv is back. 21-4-44-0 so far. England have scored 14/1 in 5 overs since Lunch. They trail by 22 runs with 7 wickets in hand. 58 overs left in the day.

97.6 R Herath to Bell, Full on middle, 80.7 kph, solidly defended. A wicket maiden for Herath. 253/3

Ian Bell walks out at number 5, replacing Trott. England trail by 22 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

97.5 R Herath to Trott, OUT! Edged and taken! Herath gets a wicket at last. Nicely tossed up outside off, 78.8 kph, Trott pushes forward to defend but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and Mahela at first slip does the rest. Trott walks back, shaking his head, uttering curses but he played well for his 64. ENGLAND 253/3! 253/3

97.4 R Herath to Trott, Down the leg side, Trott looks to flick but misses. This time Prasanna Jayawardene collects neatly and whips off the bails but Trott is well in. 253/2

97.3 R Herath to Trott, Oohhh....nicely flighted outside off, Trott comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. A bit of an appeal from the bowler and keeper but then it dies out. 253/2

97.2 R Herath to Trott, Similar line, defended solidly towards cover. 253/2

97.1 R Herath to Trott, Full outside off, Trott reaches out to push it towards point. 253/2

97.6 S Finn to Randiv, Steers this behind point for a couple. 256/6

Finn is taking an age to get back to his run up. Seems to be lazily trotting back, without any urgency.

97.5 S Finn to Randiv, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 254/6

Ayaz Memon tweets, "If you have an appetite for cricket beyond IPL, you can't do better than watch Lanka v England Test currently underway. Riveting stuff!"

97.4 S Finn to Randiv, A sharp bouncer, on middle, 139.1 kph, Randiv ducks under it comfortably. 254/6

97.3 S Finn to Randiv, Full outside off, 137.8 kph, pushed straight to cover. 254/6

97.2 S Finn to Randiv, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 254/6

97.1 S Finn to Randiv, Good length delivery outside off, solidly defended. 254/6

96.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 253/2

96.5 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 253/2

96.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Another sweep, another single. 252/2

96.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, driven straight back to the bowler. 251/2

96.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Gets down for the sweep shot and works it through square leg for a couple. 251/2

96.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Down the leg side, Pietersen cannot get it away and is rapped on the pads. 249/2

96.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Ahh.....landed on length outside off, 134.8 kph, Mathews hangs his bat limply outside off, then decides to withdraw but is late and is beaten. 254/6

96.5 J Anderson to A Mathews, More runs! Full outside off, 134.9 kph, Mathews comes forward and drives it through the covers! Two more to the total. 254/6

8th Test Fifty for Mathews, first against England! Crucial knock on his comeback. Can he guide Sri Lanka past 300?

96.4 J Anderson to Mathews, FOUR! Not quite timed but he gets a boundary. Short outside off, 138 kph, Mathews goes for the pull but mistimes it. However, the ball races away through mid-wicket for a boundary and brings up a crucial half century. 252/6

96.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, 132 kph, Mathews goes for the punch and gets it off the bottom of the bat towards mid off. 248/6

96.2 J Anderson to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 248/6

96.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Full outside off, 132.9 kph, coming back in, Mathews pushes it towards Patel at short mid-wicket. 248/6

95.6 R Herath to Pietersen, Comes down the track and gets a single with a defensive push towards long off. 249/2

95.5 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 248/2

95.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on off, solidly defended. 248/2

95.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 248/2

95.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full outside off, driven towards mid on. 248/2

95.1 R Herath to Trott, Short down the leg side, Trott goes for the pull but the ball goes off his hips towards fine leg. They run a single. That should be a leg bye but a bye has been signalled. 248/2

95.6 S Finn to Randiv, Closer to the batsman and the off stump this time, 142.8 kph, shouldered arms to nevertheless. 248/6

95.5 S Finn to Randiv, Landed outside off, 140.8 kph, left alone. 248/6

95.4 S Finn to Randiv, Nice fielding. Finn goes fuller outside off, 139.6 kph, Randiv comes forward and pushes it behind point. Bell does well to get across and dive to his left to stop the ball. 248/6

95.3 S Finn to Randiv, Another predictable bouncer, 141.7 kph, ducked under again. 248/6

95.2 S Finn to Randiv, A bouncer on middle, 140.4 kph, Randiv ducks. 248/6

95.1 S Finn to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, 141.7 kph, Mathews looks to work it to the leg side but is beaten by the extra bounce. The ball goes off the inside edge onto his hips through gully to third man. A single taken. 248/6

94.6 T Dilshan to Trott, Down the leg side, swept away towards fine leg for a run. 247/2

94.5 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 246/2

94.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Comes down the track and pushes it wide of the bowler towards cover for a single. 246/2

94.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 245/2

94.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, SIX! Ho ho ho! That's huge! In fact, it is colossal! Flighted on middle, 82.4 kph, Pietersen jumps out of the crease and looks to go big. However, he is not to the pitch of the ball but still goes through with the shot. The bat turns in his hand and the ball goes off the slightly bottom portion of the bat. But such is the power of KP, that it sails over the sight screen! 245/2

94.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Landed outside off, defended back to the bowler. 239/2

94.6 J Anderson to Randiv, Outside off again, 135.5 kph, left alone once more. 247/6

Ahem....umpire Bruce Oxenford has a quiet word with Anderson for running on the pitch. Jimmy argues that he has a problem with the footholes but Oxenford tells him in clear words to get off the pitch.

94.5 J Anderson to Randiv, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 247/6

94.4 J Anderson to Randiv, On middle, 133.5 kph, solidly defended. 247/6

94.3 J Anderson to Randiv, Played to the point region by the batsman. 247/6

94.2 J Anderson to Randiv, Full outside off, 132.6 kph, pushed straight to cover. 247/6

94.1 J Anderson to Randiv, Rubbish delivery, a wayward bouncer down the leg side, 135.9 kph, Randiv has no problems in ducking. Prior encourages his bowler by shouting, "Bowling, Jimmy!" 247/6

Dilshan to resume his battle with Pietersen.

93.6 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 239/2

93.5 R Herath to Trott, This is outside off, 79.1 kph, Trott pushes and misses. 239/2

93.4 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 239/2

93.3 R Herath to Trott, STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Big opportunity there for the Lankans. Herath fires this down the leg side, Trott comes forward to flick but misses and the momentum takes him out of the crease. Prasanna fails to collect. 239/2

93.2 R Herath to Trott, Played to the point region by the batsman. 239/2

93.1 R Herath to Trott, Full outside off, solidly defended. 239/2

The Barmy Army is singing 'Happy Birthday' for Steven Finn who gives them a thumbs up.

93.6 S Finn to A Mathews, Fuller, driven straight to cover. 247/6

93.5 S Finn to Mathews, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 247/6

93.4 S Finn to Mathews, Landed outside off, nice bounce, 137.3 kph, Mathews keeps it down. 247/6

2012 has not been a good year for the English batsmen. The averages are in the low 30s and the lowest is Kevin Pietersen, who averages 12.50. My colleague over here is shocked over KP's continuous inclusion in the team. But, all the batsmen have been poor.

93.3 S Finn to Mathews, Outside off, 136.8 kph, left alone. 247/6

93.2 S Finn to Mathews, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 247/6

93.1 S Finn to Mathews, Beauty! Finn has been the best bowler of the innings, but statistics do not show it. He has been getting the ball to move around and beat the batsmen consistently. It is Mathews' turn this time as he prods at one outside off and misses. 247/6

The batsmen are back out in the middle. Rangana Herath to start off proceedings after Lunch. Trott to face.

Welcome back. The Lankan players are out in a huddle. Last session, realistically for the hosts, to try and stay in this game. If these two hours too, go in favour of the visitors, then I am afraid, the Lankans will be behind, chasing the game for the remaining sessions.

Day 3, session 2.....

Another session in England's favour! 85/1 in 27 overs. Cook and Trott started slowly but then picked up as they settled down. Dilshan removed Cook and then, the last half an hour was totally dramatic with Pietersen at the crease. Ridiculous appeals, boundaries, misfields, overthrows, everything. Entertainment galore. England trail by just 36 runs and if Pietersen stays for a few more minutes after Lunch, boy, that deficit will come down pretty quickly and the lead will start swelling like anything. 63 overs left in the day. Just get the feeling that it is going to be a long, long day for the Lankans. Join us back at 0710 GMT (1240 IST).

92.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman defends it from within the crease. LUNCH ON DAY 3! 239/2

92.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, 83.6 kph, solidly defended. 239/2

92.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 239/2

92.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Action replay of the previous delivery. 239/2

92.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Down the leg side, 83.2 kph, Pietersen looks to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. 239/2

92.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, 81.5 kph, defended well. 239/2

92.6 J Anderson to Randiv, Good length delivery outside off, 134.6 kph, steered straight to point. 247/6

92.5 J Anderson to Randiv, Beaten! There's the length, brings the batsman forward, Randiv feels for it and is beaten all ends up. 247/6

92.4 J Anderson to Randiv, A bouncer now, 136.5 kph, Randiv ducks. 247/6

92.3 J Anderson to Randiv, Similar delivery, this is pierced through the covers. There is a mix-up between the batsmen but two taken in the end. 247/6

92.2 J Anderson to Mathews, Fuller length delivery outside off, 134.2 kph, Mathews opens the face of the bat and gently guides the ball towards third man for a run. 245/6

92.1 J Anderson to Randiv, Wicket-to-wicket bowling from James Anderson, this is on middle, Randiv pushes at it, the ball comes in and goes off the inside edge towards fine leg. A single taken. 244/6

91.6 R Herath to Trott, Drives it straight to mid off. 239/2

91.5 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 239/2

91.4 R Herath to Pietersen, Another overthrow! Landed outside off, Pietersen pushes it to point and sets off for a quick single. He is sent back in time as the fielder comes in. Hang on, there is more to follow. The fielder returns a horrible throw wide of the keeper and poor Thirimanne at short leg dives to his right but still cannot get it. A run taken. 239/2

91.3 R Herath to Pietersen, Tossed up outside off, driven back to the bowler. 238/2

91.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Goes back and defends it solidly. 238/2

91.1 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 238/2

91.6 S Finn to Mathews, Well outside off, 134.6 kph, left alone. 243/6

91.5 S Finn to Mathews, FOUR! That is a fine shot. Length delivery outside off, 134.2 kph, slightly wide, Mathews punches it on the up through the covers and finds the gap. First boundary of the day. 243/6

91.4 S Finn to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, 136.3 kph, Mathews punches it straight back. 239/6

Oh dear....the giant screen reads, "STEVEN FLINN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!" The on air commentators are having a laugh about the spelling mistake. Geesh.

91.3 S Finn to Mathews, On the pads, 135.9 kph, flicked straight to mid-wicket. 239/6

91.2 S Finn to Randiv, Steers this down to third man for the first run of the day. Single. 239/6

91.1 S Finn to Randiv, Full outside off, 133.9 kph, Randiv has to wait for an age for the ball to come to him to defend. 238/6

Herath is back on.

90.6 T Dilshan to K Pietersen, What is going on out there? Shambles, totally shambles, Sri Lanka on the field at the moment. Full on middle, 82.8 kph, Pietersen drives it straight back to Dilshan. The bowler takes it causally and the ball goes through his legs towards mid on. Pietersen hares across for the single and the mid on fielder returns a wild throw which beats everyone from the bowler to the keeper. Randiv manages to dive across from point to stop the ball. Three runs overall. 238/2

90.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 235/2

90.4 T Dilshan to Trott, Full outside off, driven towards Herath at mid off for a quick run. 235/2

90.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Walks down the track and pushes it wide of mid-wicket for a single. 234/2

90.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, LUCKY! Missed opportunity, is it? Full on middle, 82.6 kph, Pietersen lunges forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge which lobs over Thirimanne at short leg! 233/2

90.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR! That's a kind of a shot which usually players from the Caribbean play. Full outside off, 88.4 kph, Pietersen initially comes forward, then rocks back and crashes it through point. And then, as if to stamp his authority, he doesn't even bother to see where the ball is heading. He turns his head away and walks towards square leg. 233/2

Here comes the birthday boy, Steven Finn. 18-3-43-1 so far. Turns 23 today.

90.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Landed outside off, on length, nice bounce, Mathews punches it straight to cover this time. A maiden to start off the day then. 238/6

90.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Fuller, outside off again, 134.4 kph, Mathews punches it through the covers where the fielder makes a sliding save to his left. 238/6

90.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Landed outside off, 133.9 kph, forced off the back foot. 238/6

90.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Landed outside off, 134.3 kph, Mathews goes hard at it and gets a bottom edge back to the bowler. 238/6

90.2 J Anderson to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 238/6

90.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, 128.7 kph, Mathews defends. 238/6

89.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 127.2 kph, pushed through the point region for a single. 229/2

89.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 228/2

89.4 Lakmal to Pietersen, Another appeal for LBW, this is getting too much from Sri Lanka now. Turned down without any fuss. Good length delivery outside off, 127.6 kph, nips back in sharply, cuts Pietersen into two as he looks to defend and then goes off the inside edge onto his pads. 228/2

89.3 S Lakmal to Trott, Steers it behind point. Takes the single, wants the second but Pietersen turns it down. 228/2

89.2 S Lakmal to Trott, FOUR! Easy pickings. Length delivery on middle, Trott just helps it through square leg. There is Herath placed at fine leg but he chooses not to dive and runs with the ball into the ropes. 227/2

89.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Full on middle, 127.9 kph, driven towards mid on. 223/2

Jimmy Anderson has got the ball in his hand. Mathews is the man on strike. The ball is still relatively new, just 9 overs old.

The players walk out to the middle! Angelo Mathews and Suraj Randiv are the overnight batsmen. Andrew Strauss has a pep talk with his team.

Nick Knight is with David Saker, England's fast bowling coach. Is impressed with the way the bowlers did yesterday and is looking forward for today. On Anderson, Saker says that Jimmy works for himself, really. Has discovered the wobbly seam and he can swing the ball with old and new balls. On details about the wobbly seam, he says that Anderson discovered it during the tour of Pakistan a few years ago and it all depends on the position of the seam. Sometimes it swings wildly, other times it doesn't swing at all. Feels that Mahela and Sangakkara are class players and to get their wickets is a big thing. Adds that the pitch is a really slow one and batting is difficult. Feels that England have taken a big risk in going in with 3 seamers.

Tony Greig is interviewing Mahela Jayawardena. On DRS, Mahela says that it is very crucial as certain decisions can go either way. It is tough for the umpires if the pitch is turning but reviews are good for the game as the correct decision is made in the end. Is apologetic for his reaction yesterday after being given out and says that it happened in the heat of the moment. Feels that the umpires have adjusted well to the UDRS and over the last 2 years, the accuracy has improved. On Anderson's fiery spell last morning, he says that Jimmy is a great bowler and the Lankans were just trying to bat till Lunch. Sighs and says that they are still eyeing 300. On the pitch, he says that if Sri Lanka go on and win this Test, no one will be complaining.

PITCH - There were cracks yesterday itself and today they have only started to get wider. Not a good sign for a 5-day match. The odd ball will keep low. Swann caused a few problems yesterday and the part of the patch that he was hitting yesterday is starting to crumble. In fact, there is hardly anything left over there. The ball might not spin that much neither should it bounce much. It is crumbling at the edges but it is not a minefield. But, batting will not be straightforward.

WEATHER - It is a bright and sunny morning at Colombo, crystal clear, without a cloud in the sky. Yes, this is Sri Lanka we are talking about but not a trace of rain.

Hello and a warm welcome to the second day's play between Sri Lanka and England at the P Sara Oval, Colombo! After a topsy-turvy day yesterday for both sides, the game stands balanced as of now, with Sri Lanka 6 down and reaching 238, given that they were 30/3. How will today pan out? Stay tuned as we bring you all the action!

Day 2, session 1.

Stumps on day 1. England dominated the early part of the day but once again their nemesis, Mahela Jayawardena did the rescue act with a tough-built 100. Along with Samaraweera, he steered the ship to safe waters. England did not attack as much and that too helped the batsmen to settle in the afternoon session. But the visitors came back late in the day and have just four wickets more to deal with. Sri Lanka would feel that they have done reasonably well to put up this score but would hope for their tail to pile on some useful runs. Tomorrow's first session could go either way. Do join us at 1000 IST to catch all the action. Till then, farewell!

89.6 G Swann to Randiv, Straighter one, Randiv blocks it well towards silly point. 238/6

Last ball of the day. Change in the field. Deep mid-wicket comes ahead. Leg slip in place.

89.5 G Swann to Mathews, Short on middle, tucked away through square leg for one. 238/6

89.4 G Swann to Mathews, Gets to the pitch of the ball but fails to connect cleanly with a thump back to Swann. 237/6

89.3 G Swann to Mathews, OH! Some extra turn here. Short and spins in off a crack, Mathews gets an inside edge towards leg slip. 237/6

89.2 G Swann to Mathews, This time Mathews leans well forward to reach out to it and block it. 237/6

89.1 G Swann to Mathews, Straighter one outside off, Mathews plays it down towards the off side. 237/6

88.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 223/2

88.5 T Dilshan to Trott, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 223/2

88.4 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 222/2

88.3 T Dilshan to Trott, Oh my my, the English supporters are booing the Lankans on their home ground! Full on middle, Trott drives it back to the bowler who threatens to throw it back at the striker's end. Trott does not back away at all and just stands over there, utterly bemused. And now, the crowd get into action, first clapping, then booing. 222/2

88.2 T Dilshan to Trott, Drama out in the middle! Gosh, the Lankans literally screamed their lungs out in appeal and every player near the batsman looks shell-shocked on the appeal getting turned down. Full on leg stump, Trott lunges forward to defend and the ball clearly goes off his pads towards short leg. It is a good take by Thirimanne at short leg but the problem is, there is no inside edge! Dilshan is not even appealing and runs towards the fielder in celebration! Excessive appealing going on but amidst all this, Asad Rauf is as still as a rock! 222/2

88.1 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 222/2

Last over of the day coming up. It's Graeme Swann who will bowl now.

88.6 S Finn to Randiv, Fuller in length outside off, Randiv draws forward and pushes it to covers. End of the over! 237/6

88.5 S Finn to A Mathews, Short delivery on middle and off, Mathews gets on top of the bounce and eases it behind square leg for a single. Patel does the mopping up job in the deep. 237/6

88.4 S Finn to A Mathews, Nicely drives a fuller length delivery but finds covers. 236/6

88.3 S Finn to Mathews, Another back of a length delivery on middle and off, Mathews is hurried by pace and in an attempt to play it across the line gets an inside edge onto the thigh pad. Luckily it lobs towards the vacant silly point region. There is a short leg in place! 236/6

88.2 S Finn to Mathews, Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Mathews jumps and taps it in front of short leg. 236/6

88.1 S Finn to A Mathews, Ouch! Short delivery on off, Mathews is early with his pull shot and gets an inside edge onto the chest guard. 236/6

87.6 S Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR! Boom! That's KP for you! Long hop, outside off, literally asking to be smashed, Pietersen obliges and pulls it with disdain through mid-wicket! 222/2

87.5 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Landed outside off, 128.8 kph, steered straight to gully. 218/2

87.4 S Lakmal to K Pietersen, Walks into the shot and pushes this towards mid off. Pietersen showing some signs which do not look too good for the Lankans at the moment. 218/2

87.3 S Lakmal to Pietersen, Full outside off, 130.8 kph, driven on the up towards mid off. 218/2

87.2 S Lakmal to Trott, Guides this behind point for a single. 218/2

87.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Good length delivery outside off, 130.1 kph, pushed towards point. 217/2

87.6 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, FOUR! Full delivery sliding down the leg side, at 133.5 kph, Randiv falls across and neatly deflects it off his pads to the fine leg fence. Bresnan has his hands on his head in frustration but that was a real bad delivery. 236/6

87.5 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 232/6

87.4 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Covers the line of the delivery and blocks it back to the bowler. 232/6

87.3 Tim Bresnan to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 232/6

87.2 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Turns it off his pads to the on side for a single at mid-wicket. 232/6

87.1 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 231/6

Okay, after the delay, we are ready to go. Mahela goes back to pace. Suranga Lakmal is back. 15-4-42-0 so far. This stand is worth 4 from 17 balls. England have scored 63/1 in 21 overs this morning. They trail by 58 runs with 8 wickets in hand. 69 overs left in the day.

Suraj Randiv is doing some stretching exercises.

Okay...third time the decision is changed. After two close looks at the ball and choosing not to change it, the umpires are now asking for the box of balls. Understandably, Dilshan is not that pleased. A few worries for Sri Lanka, given that fast bowlers were not able to do much with the second new ball and a spinner had to provide the breakthrough.

86.6 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Landed on middle, pushed back again. 217/2

86.5 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 217/2

86.4 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full outside off, a bit of flight, driven straight to cover. 217/2

86.3 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Landed outside off, solidly blocked. 217/2

86.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 217/2

86.1 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, played to mid-wicket. 217/2

86.6 S Finn to A Mathews, Short delivery climbing onto the batsman, Mathews pulls it uppishly to mid-wicket where Patel dives to his left and makes a partial stop. It is parried to the mid on fielder, who misses the shy at the non-striker's end. Randiv was looking for a run but got in just in time, in fact direct hit would have been extremely close. And there is more action as the back up fielder fails to collect it and now they cross for an overthrow. It's all happening out there! 231/6

86.5 S Finn to Mathews, Slightly short in length and shaping back into the batsman, at 132 kph, Mathews camps back and defends it from the crease. 230/6

86.4 S Finn to Randiv, Over-pitched delivery, Randiv played a good looking off drive for one. 230/6

86.3 S Finn to Randiv, Oohhh... that stayed low. Back of a length delivery outside off, keeping low, Randiv pushes at it off his back foot but the ball sneaks past the toe end of the blade. 229/6

86.2 S Finn to Randiv, Angles in a fuller delivery, Randiv defends it from within the crease. 229/6

86.1 S Finn to A Mathews, Full delivery on off, driven superbly to covers where the fielder did well to stop it with a dive to his left. Still they crossed for a single. 229/6

85.6 R Herath to J Trott, Driven straight to mid off. 217/2

85.5 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up again, solidly blocked. 217/2

85.4 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 217/2

85.3 R Herath to Pietersen, That's a poor delivery and aptly punished. Short outside off, 77.1 kph, Pietersen rocks back and thrashes it through the covers. The fielder pulls it back in just within the ropes. Three runs taken. 217/2

85.2 R Herath to Pietersen, Full on middle, solidly defended. 214/2

85.1 R Herath to Pietersen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 214/2

85.6 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Full delivery on off, Mathews bunts it in front of mid off and crosses for a single. The cover fielder tried to intervene and stop the ball but he failed. Still he attempted to bluff the batsmen with a fake throw but they crossed with minimum of fuss. 228/6

85.5 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Back of a length delivery on off, Mathews rises with the bounce and defends it back confidently. 227/6

85.4 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Length delivery outside off, Angelo opens the face and pushes it in front of point. 227/6

85.3 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Angles in a full length delivery, on middle and off, Mathews is opened up in defense as he blocks it off his back foot. 227/6

85.2 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Again a fuller delivery on off, at 127.4 kph, Mathews defends it with soft hands. 227/6

85.1 Tim Bresnan to A Mathews, Fuller length delivery on off, driven straight to mid off. 227/6

Herath is back. No surprises.

84.6 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 214/2

84.5 T Dilshan to Trott, On middle, solidly defended. 214/2

84.4 T Dilshan to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 214/2

84.3 T Dilshan to Trott, Played to the point region by the batsman. 214/2

84.2 T Dilshan to Pietersen, Full on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single. 214/2

Fasten your seat belts, folks! It is Kevin Pietersen who walks out at number 4! Either way it is going to be a riveting stuff. The score will start moving at a rapid pace or, he will not trouble the scorers much. Lo and behold!

84.1 T Dilshan to Cook, OUT! Edged and taken! And Dilshan strikes on the first ball of a new spell! Beautifully bowled, 80.2 kph, tossed up on middle, Cook lunges forward to defend but the ball turns ever so slightly and takes the outside edge straight to Mahela at first slip! Dilshan is flying now! But Cook falls agonizingly for 94, and the 91-run stand is broken. ENGLAND 213/2! 213/2

Tim Bresnan replaces Anderson in the attack.

84.6 S Finn to Randiv, Changes the territory this time and serves a fuller length delivery outside off. Randiv draws forward, feels for it and misses. End of a superb over by Finn! 227/6

84.5 S Finn to Randiv, Sliding down the leg side, Randiv fails to work it across the line and is hit on the pads. Beaten for pace there! 227/6

84.4 S Finn to Randiv, Finn is steaming in here. Drops it on a length just around off and it curls in after pitching. Randiv closes the face to defend it at the last moment. 227/6

84.3 S Finn to Randiv, Greets the batsman with a lethal bouncer, Randiv ducks underneath it. Good, aggressive stuff from Finn! 227/6

Suraj Randiv arrives at the crease.

84.2 S Finn to J'dene, OUT! Finn strikes to get rid of Jayawardene. Excellent delivery, angled into the batsman at 134.5 kph and it nipped away gently after hitting the deck. Prasanna with lazy footwork poked inside the line and got a nick. Prior caught it by diving to his right and Sri Lanka have lost their 6th wicket for 227. 227/6

84.1 S Finn to Mathews, Good length delivery swinging into the batsman, Mathews glances it off his hips to deep square leg for one. 227/5

Tillakaratne Dilshan is back. 8-1-16-1 so far. This stand is worth 91 from 195 balls. England have scored 59/0 in 18 overs this morning. They trail by 62 runs with 9 wickets in hand. 72 overs left in the day.

83.6 D Prasad to Trott, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 213/1

83.5 D Prasad to J Trott, FOUR! Now, now, now, how do I describe that shot? Ah....Sir Ian Botham helps me. He describes it as a periscope shot. Short on middle, 135.2 kph, Trott looks to duck but his bat hangs like a periscope in the air. The ball goes off the back portion of the bat past the keeper to fine leg! Samaraweera will not feel too good about this, given that he showed a similar technique but got hit. In fact, Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus has dismissed Pakistan's Umar Amin in a Test match in England, caught at square leg off the back off his bat, trying to duck a bouncer! 213/1

9th Test Fifty for Trott, second against Sri Lanka!

83.4 D Prasad to Trott, That's well played! Good length delivery outside off, 132 kph, steered through gully for a couple. 209/1

83.3 D Prasad to Trott, FOUR! Dammika Prasad was a bit excited as Trott fetched it off his stumps but the batsman is just too good in playing this stroke. Works it through mid-wicket for a boundary! Moves to 48! 207/1

83.2 D Prasad to Trott, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 203/1

83.1 D Prasad to Trott, Full outside off, 129.4 kph, driven towards mid off. 203/1

83.6 J Anderson to J'dene, Make it three leaves in a row to finish the over. 226/5

83.5 J Anderson to J'dene, Outside off, at 131.7 kph, Prasanna lets it through to the keeper. 226/5

83.4 J Anderson to J'dene, In the zone outside off, at 130.1 kph, no swing whatsoever, Jayawardene has a comfortable leave. 226/5

83.3 J Anderson to J'dene, Once again Anderson hurls in a fuller length delivery, around off, Jayawardene defends it back. The bowler just stretches his back as he goes back to his bowling run-up. He is looking tired! 226/5

83.2 J Anderson to J'dene, Gets behind the line of the delivery and jams it back to the bowler. 226/5

83.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Fuller length delivery around off, Mathews pushes it just wide of mid off and ambles across for a single. 226/5

Another look at the ball by the umpires but no change in reaction from the umpires as happened an over ago.

82.6 S Lakmal to A Cook, FOUR! Cook continues to score. Another overpitched delivery outside off, 128.1 kph, sent through the covers for a boundary. 203/1

82.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 199/1

82.4 S Lakmal to Cook, The ball is way outside the off stump, 128.7 kph, easy leave for the batsman. 199/1

82.3 S Lakmal to A Cook, Full again but closer to the off stump, 130.3 kph, driven towards mid off. 199/1

82.2 S Lakmal to A Cook, FOUR! Marvellous! Half volley outside off, 130.3 kph, Cook comes forward and drives it beautifully through the covers for a boundary! Moves into the 90s now. 199/1

Now then, there seems to be a problem with this 2.1 overs old ball. The umpires seem to be okay with it. Play continues.

82.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full on middle, 127.4 kph, driven back to the bowler who half stops it. 195/1

82.6 S Finn to P J'dene,FOUR! Fine shot! Finn over-pitches and pays the price. Jayawardene takes his front foot to the pitch of the delivery and strokes it elegantly back past the bowler for a boundary at long off. 225/5

82.5 S Finn to J'dene, Little bit too straight in line, Prasanna leans across and closes the face of the bat to help it straight to mid-wicket. 221/5

82.4 S Finn to J'dene, In the corridor of uncertainty, Jayawardene is quite certain that he has to leave it untouched. 221/5

82.3 S Finn to J'dene, Back of a length delivery drifting down the leg side, Mathews fails to work it off his pads and is struck high on the thigh pad. 221/5

82.2 S Finn to J'dene, Too full in length but way wide outside off. The batsman leaves it alone and it swings further away as it goes past Prasanna and Prior has to stretch to his right to collect the ball. 221/5

82.1 S Finn to J'dene, Angles in a length delivery, Prasanna covers the line and blocks it patiently. 221/5

81.6 D Prasad to Trott, Plays this straight to point. 195/1

81.5 D Prasad to Trott, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 195/1

81.4 D Prasad to Trott, Landed outside off, 130.36 kph, Trott pushes it straight to point with a loud call of, "WAIT THERE! WAIT THERE!" 195/1

81.3 D Prasad to Trott, Outside off, left alone. 195/1

81.2 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery on middle, 129 kph, Trott works it straight to short mid-wicket. 195/1

81.1 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery wide outside off, 121.5 kph, punched through the covers for a couple. They look for the third but this ground is not that big to think about the third. 195/1

Steven Finn to share the second new cherry from the other end. Two slips and a forward short leg in place..

81.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Pitches it full and around middle and off, Mathews strides forward and pushes it to mid off. 221/5

81.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Stays back and punches it to covers. Good lines from Anderson. 221/5

81.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Just a touch short in length around off, Mathews gets behind the line and uses and angled bat to push it in front of point. 221/5

81.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Too full in length outside off, at 131.2 kph, Mathews drives it straight to mid off. 221/5

81.2 J Anderson to J'dene, Good length delivery angling into the batsman, Prasanna maneuvers it to mid-wicket and pinches a single. 221/5

81.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Starts poorly with a fuller length delivery down the leg side, Mathews works it off his pads to deep square leg and crosses for a single. 220/5

Dammika Prasad to bowl from the other end. 12-4-38-0 so far. This stand is worth 71 from 177 balls. England have scored 39/0 in 15 overs this morning. They trail by 82 runs with 9 wickets in hand. 75 overs left in the day.

DRINKS BREAK.

80.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Wide outside off, 129.2 kph, Cook is not going to play at those. 193/1

80.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Full and straight, 126.4 kph, defended back to Lakmal again. That's a good line actually. He is charging in and giving it his all. He is looking for the one that stays low. 193/1

80.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Pushes this straight to point again. 193/1

80.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Full on middle, 127.7 kph, driven back to the bowler. 193/1

80.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Length delivery outside off, 128.4 kph, cut straight to point. 193/1

80.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, left alone. 193/1

The second new ball is taken. James Anderson, the best bowler today for England will look to make maximum use of it.

80.6 K Pietersen to J'dene, Stays in his crease to defend. 219/5

80.5 K Pietersen to J'dene, Spins it in from leg, goes further down as Jayawardene gets hit high on the pads. 219/5

80.4 K Pietersen to Mathews, Short delivery and worked away through point for one. 219/5

80.3 K Pietersen to Mathews, Rocks back and punches it to mid on. 218/5

80.2 K Pietersen to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 218/5

80.1 K Pietersen to J'dene, Waits for a short delivery to come on and guides it through point for one. 218/5

Suranga Lakmal to make the fist use of the second new ball. 13-3-34-0 so far. This stand is worth 71 from 171 balls. England have scored 39/0 in 14 overs this morning. They trail by 82 runs with 9 wickets in hand. 76 overs left in the day.

SECOND NEW BALL IS AVAILABLE AND IT IS TAKEN STRAIGHT AWAY.

79.6 S Randiv to Trott, Landed outside off, pushed towards point. Trott sets off for a non-existent single and is sent back. 193/1

79.5 S Randiv to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 193/1

79.4 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, pushed towards mid off. 193/1

79.3 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 193/1

79.2 S Randiv to Trott, SAFE. BIG INSIDE EDGE. That is a poor review. Full outside off, 81 kph, Trott came forward to defend and to the naked eye, it seemed as if there was a deflection onto the pads. Mahela reviewed the not out decision on the LBW call and replays indicate a clear inside edge. No more reviews for Sri Lanka in this innings. 193/1

Another review! This time it is against Trott for an LBW.

79.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 193/1

The second new ball can be availed. But Pietersen to continue strangely with a new batsman in.

79.6 G Swann to J'dene, On the pads, tucked away for a single through square leg. 217/5

79.5 G Swann to J'dene, Flicks it behind square but straight to the man. 216/5

79.4 G Swann to J'dene, Prasanna has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 216/5

Prasanna Jayawardene is the new man in at number 7.

79.3 G Swann to J'dena, OUT! Short, pitching outside off, Jayawardena leans forward for a defense but misses as it spins in more than his expectation. He gets hit on the pads and Swann's appeal takes a long time for the umpire to make a decision before he finally rules it in the fielding side's favour. Jayawardena takes the review. Replays show it be hitting leg stump and Jayawardena walks off with some frustration venting out of him. 216/5

Jayawardena is given OUT! He has gone for a review.

79.2 G Swann to J'dena, Fast outside off, Jayawardena drives but fails to get any bat on that. 216/4

79.1 G Swann to J'dena, On the pads at 83.4 kph, flicked to short mid-wicket. 216/4

78.6 R Herath to J Trott, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple. 192/1

78.5 R Herath to Trott, Played to the point region by the batsman. 190/1

78.4 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it behind square leg for a single. 190/1

78.3 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 189/1

78.2 R Herath to Cook, NOT OUT. Not enough evidence. Full outside off, 74.2 kph, Cook went for the reverse sweep and it went off something towards Mahela at leg slip. The Lankans appealed and when it was not given, they went for the review. After numerous replays, it was not clear whether the ball did hit the glove. Rightly, the umpire's decision was upheld. 189/1

Review against Cook! Whether it is for LBW or c catch, not sure.

78.1 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 189/1

78.6 K Pietersen to J'dena, Short delivery at 88.1 kph, turned away to fine leg for a single. 216/4

78.5 K Pietersen to Mathews, Full and flat outside off at 83.1 kph, driven down to long on for one. 215/4

78.4 K Pietersen to Mathews, Flicks it away to short leg. 214/4

78.3 K Pietersen to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 214/4

78.2 K Pietersen to Mathews, Another slower one, Mathews stays put for a defense. 214/4

78.1 K Pietersen to Mathews, Slow at 82.9 kph, Mathews gets forward and defends. 214/4

Now Steven Finn getting ready for a bat in the nets.

77.6 S Randiv to Cook, Another drive through the covers, this time for a single. 189/1

77.5 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, driven straight to cover. 188/1

77.4 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 188/1

77.3 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 188/1

77.2 S Randiv to Trott, Goes back and works it behind square leg for a single. 188/1

77.1 S Randiv to Trott, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler. 187/1

Kevin Pietersen in now. Two overs before the new ball could be availed.

77.6 G Swann to J'dena, Full at 87.3 kph, turned away to short mid-wicket. 214/4

77.5 G Swann to J'dena, Works it away towards mid-wicket. 214/4

77.4 G Swann to J'dena, Short and spinning in, flicked down on the leg side. 214/4

77.3 G Swann to Mathews, Drives it down to long on for a single. 214/4

77.2 G Swann to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 213/4

77.1 G Swann to J'dena, Trickles it down to fine leg for one. 213/4

76.6 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up outside off, pushed towards point for a single. 187/1

76.5 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler. 186/1

76.4 R Herath to Trott, Better, landed outside off, pushed towards cover. 186/1

76.3 R Herath to Trott, That's a wrong line with the field set on the off side, bowls on the pads, 74.8 kph, Trott works it past mid-wicket for a couple. 186/1

76.2 R Herath to Trott, Drives it towards mid off. 184/1

76.1 R Herath to Trott, Flighted outside off, driven back to the bowler. 184/1

76.6 S Patel to Mathews, FOUR! First real signs of positivity from Angelo Mathews. Gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it with the complete rotation of the wrists as the ball goes on a bounce to the deep mid-wicket fence. 212/4

76.5 S Patel to J'dena, Drills it wide of mid off and takes one. 208/4

76.4 S Patel to J'dena, Lunges forward and sticks his bat out in defense. 207/4

76.3 S Patel to Mathews, Stays deep in the crease and helps it away to sweeper cover for one. 207/4

76.2 S Patel to Mathews, Full and flat, hit on the bounce back to Patel, who tosses the ball in the air in mock celebration. 206/4

76.1 S Patel to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 206/4

75.6 S Randiv to Trott, That's a dreadful delivery, high full toss outside off, Trott pulls it to fine leg for a single. 184/1

75.5 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, Trott comes forward and flicks it straight to Mahela Jayawardena at short mid-wicket. 183/1

75.4 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 183/1

75.3 S Randiv to Trott, Outside off, played straight to point. 183/1

75.2 S Randiv to Trott, FOUR! That's a fine shot but why isn't there a slip? Landed outside off from around the wicket, 82.3 kph, Trott chances his arm and plays a perfect reverse sweep which goes right through the vacant slip region to third man! 183/1

75.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, eased through mid off for a single. 179/1

75.6 G Swann to Mathews, Mathews works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 206/4

75.5 G Swann to Mathews, Ample turn, short and spinning in on middle after pitching outside off, Mathews waits but gets squared up. Gets hit on the glove and it falls short of Prior. 205/4

75.4 G Swann to J'dena, On the pads, tucked away for one through square leg. 205/4

50 stand up between Jayawardena and Mathews.

75.3 G Swann to Mathews, Helps it down to long on for one. 204/4

75.2 G Swann to Mathews, Lets it go slower in the air, defended watchfully by Mathews. 203/4

75.1 G Swann to Mathews, Short and spinning in, Mathews forces it towards cover. 203/4

74.6 R Herath to Trott, Full and straight, another solid defense. 178/1

74.5 R Herath to Trott, Much better from Herath, full and outside off, pushed towards short cover. 178/1

Okay, there is Tim Bresnan as well signing autographs....

74.4 R Herath to Trott, Fine shot. Herath strays on the pads and Trott efficiently works it through mid-wicket for a couple. 178/1

74.3 R Herath to Trott, Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler. 176/1

74.2 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 176/1

74.1 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to mid off. 176/1

Graeme Swann into the attack now.

74.6 S Patel to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 203/4

74.5 S Patel to J'dena, On the pads, tickled away to mid-wicket. 203/4

74.4 S Patel to J'dena, Jayawardena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 203/4

74.3 S Patel to J'dena, Flicks it away on the leg side. 203/4

74.2 S Patel to J'dena, Spins it in from middle, Jayawardena covers the line and blocks it. 203/4

74.1 S Patel to J'dena, Stays back on his crease to defend. 203/4

Graeme Swann is signing autographs outside the boundary. He has just finished batting in the nets. The kids are really enjoying the good gesture from him. Ah...there come the poses for the camera with the world's best off spinner.

73.6 S Randiv to Cook, Action replay of the previous delivery. 176/1

73.5 S Randiv to Cook, Maintains that line on off, Cook defends watchfully. 176/1

73.4 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 176/1

73.3 S Randiv to Cook, Full on leg again, pushed back to the bowler. 176/1

73.2 Randiv to Cook, Appeals for LBW and a catch, neither given. Hmm...close call. Pitched on leg stump, Cook tried to work it to the leg side but missed. The ball went off the pads towards second slip. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitching OUTSIDE LEG. Would have missed off as well. Too much spin, too much bounce. 176/1

73.1 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 176/1

73.6 S Finn to Mathews, Pushes it away through cover. 203/4

73.5 S Finn to Mathews, Fuller length, Mathews drives it back, and it goes through to the umpire's legs down the ground. 203/4

73.4 S Finn to J'dena, This time a short of a length delivery on the body, Jayawardena pulls, does not hit it very cleanly but still gets enough meat to muster a single through square leg. 203/4

73.3 S Finn to J'dena, Similar length, but just outside off, Jayawardena dabs it on the off side. 202/4

73.2 S Finn to J'dena, Another short of a length delivery, J'dena gets an inside edge onto his boot. 202/4

73.1 S Finn to J'dena, Back of a length delivery, played with an open face towards cover. 202/4

Suraj Randiv into the attack early this morning. 17-4-34-0 so far. One thought that Prasad deserved a longer spell, eh? This stand is worth 53 from 129 balls. England trail by 100 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

72.6 R Herath to Cook, Full and straight, defended back to the bowler. 175/1

72.5 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, less flight, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 175/1

72.4 R Herath to Cook, Tossed up wide outside off, Cook goes for the expansive drive through the covers but gets a bottom edge back to the bowler. 175/1

72.3 R Herath to Cook, Leans and gets his flick right this time but finds short mid-wicket. 175/1

72.2 R Herath to Cook, Goes for the flick from outside off but misses and is hit on the pads. 175/1

72.1 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 175/1

72.6 S Patel to Mathews, On the pads, tucked away to short fine leg, looks for one but is sent back by Mathews. 202/4

72.5 S Patel to Mathews, Pushes it away to point. 202/4

72.4 S Patel to Mathews, Spins in from outside leg, Mathews pats it down the ground. 202/4

72.3 S Patel to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 202/4

72.2 S Patel to Mathews, Stays on the back foot and defends. 202/4

31st Test hundred for Mahela Jayawardena, 8th against England.

72.1 S Patel to J'dena, Drills it wide off mid-wicket and takes one to get to his hundred! Superb knock from the skipper and for back-to-back Tests, cometh the hour, cometh the man, it's Mahela Jayawardena who delivers the goods when the team was struggling. 202/4

71.6 D Prasad to Trott, Short outside off, 132.4 kph, pushed straight to point. 175/1

50-stand is up!

71.5 D Prasad to Trott, Edged! Safe! FOUR! Terrific delivery from Mr. Prasad. Bends his back, bangs it on a good length area, outside off, 124.8 kph, generates steep bounce, gets Trott to fish at it and gets a thick outside edge. What else does he need to do? Sigh.....the ball lands short of the keeper who fumbles and concedes a boundary. 175/1

71.4 D Prasad to J Trott, Drives it straight to mid off. 171/1

71.3 D Prasad to Trott, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 171/1

71.2 D Prasad to Cook, Misfield. Good length delivery outside off, 116.8 kph, Cook punches it towards cover. Chandimal(substitute) comes across from point and fumbles and allows the ball to go through. A single taken. 171/1

71.1 D Prasad to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, 129.7 kph, defended towards mid off. 170/1

71.6 S Finn to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 201/4

71.5 S Finn to Mathews, Mathews drives it outside off and gets an inside edge to roll safely on the leg side. 201/4

71.4 S Finn to Mathews, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it. 201/4

71.3 S Finn to Mathews, Short of a length, tucked away to mid-wicket. 201/4

71.2 S Finn to Mathews, Fuller length, driven back to the bowler. 201/4

71.1 S Finn to Mathews, Right on the money. Angles it outside off on a good length, Mathews is indecisive on his footwork and gets beaten. 201/4

70.6 R Herath to Cook, Works it behind square leg for a single. 170/1

70.5 R Herath to Trott, That's the response from Trott. Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for three runs. 169/1

70.4 R Herath to Trott, Flatter and straighter outside off, coming in with the angle, Trott just allows it through. 166/1

70.3 R Herath to J Trott, Flighted outside off again, Trott drives it towards mid off. After generously conceding plenty of singles yesterday, Mahela has kept the field up today. Trott has to work to get his singles. 166/1

70.2 R Herath to Trott, On middle, driven straight to mid on. 166/1

70.1 R Herath to J Trott, Full outside off, driven straight to short extra cover. 166/1

Steven Finn into the attack now. Has bowled 12 overs so far today.

Drinks break.

70.6 S Patel to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Finishes on 99. 201/4

70.5 S Patel to A Mathews, Flatter and driven through mid off for one. Jayawardena to face strike now. 201/4

70.4 S Patel to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 200/4

70.3 S Patel to M J'dena, Rocks back and thwarts it past point for one. Moves to 99, while Sri Lanka reach 200. 200/4

70.2 S Patel to J'dena, Flicks it towards mid-wicket. 199/4

70.1 S Patel to J'dena, Fuller on off, played back to Patel. 199/4

69.6 D Prasad to Cook, Comes forward and pushes it towards mid on. 166/1

69.5 D Prasad to Cook, Landed on length outside off, 133.8 kph, this one bounces properly and Cook punches it through the covers for a couple. 166/1

69.4 D Prasad to Cook, This is on the stumps and a watchful Cook pushes it towards short mid-wicket off the front foot. 164/1

69.3 D Prasad to Cook, Oohhh..that stayed so low! Good length delivery outside off, 133.5 kph, Cook hops to defend but the ball shoots down and goes beneath the bat and goes on a couple of bounces to the keeper! Lucky for the batsman, that was not on the stumps. 164/1

69.2 D Prasad to Cook, Outside off, 134.7 kph, left alone. 164/1

69.1 D Prasad to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 164/1

Samit Patel has the ball in his hand now.

69.6 G Swann to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 199/4

69.5 G Swann to Mathews, Angelo has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 199/4

69.4 G Swann to Mathews, FOUR! Another short delivery from Swann, one too many from Swann for today. Mathews gets ample time to crack it through covers. 199/4

69.3 G Swann to J'dena, On middle, flicked away for one to deep mid-wicket. 195/4

69.2 G Swann to J'dena, Flicks it straight to the man on the leg side. 194/4

69.1 G Swann to J'dena, FOUR! Short on the leg side. Jayawardena tucks it neatly down on the leg side and finds the fine leg fence. 194/4

68.6 R Herath to Trott, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 164/1

68.5 R Herath to Trott, Goes back and flicks it straight to short leg. 164/1

68.4 R Herath to Trott, Down the leg side, Trott goes for the sweep but misses. The ball goes off the pads through fine leg and the batsmen come back for the second. Leg byes signalled. 164/1

68.3 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 162/1

68.2 R Herath to Cook, Similar shot, this time he gets it past the fielder at short leg for a single. 162/1

68.1 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, Cook leans and plays it towards short leg. 161/1

68.6 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Defends it on the leg side. 190/4

68.5 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 190/4

68.4 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Fuller in length at 128.7 kph, tails back in as Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket. 190/4

68.3 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Over-pitched length outside off at 127.5 kph, Mathews pushes it to cover. 190/4

68.2 Tim Bresnan to A Mathews, Fuller in length at 129.5 kph, driven down to mid on. 190/4

68.1 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Mathews rocks onto the backfoot and mistimes the cut to cover. 190/4

67.6 D Prasad to Trott, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 161/1

67.5 D Prasad to Trott, FOUR! Well played. Length delivery outside off, 132.2 kph, Trott goes back and just guides it behind point for a boundary! 161/1

67.4 D Prasad to Trott, On middle, 131.4 kph, tucked straight to short mid-wicket. 157/1

67.4 D Prasad to Trott, WIDE! A wayward bouncer, down the leg side, ducked under. Aptly called a wide. 157/1

67.3 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery on middle, 131.5 kph, solidly defended. 156/1

67.2 D Prasad to Trott, Short outside off, 132.9 kph, Trott guides it behind point for a couple. 156/1

67.1 D Prasad to Trott, Good length delivery outside off, 125.2 kph, solidly defended. 154/1

67.6 G Swann to Mathews, Gets well on the off side and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for one. 190/4

67.5 G Swann to Mathews, Pushes it in front of point. 189/4

67.4 G Swann to J'dena, In the air and past short leg. Spinning in from outside off, Jayawardena flicks uppishly and it goes past the short leg fielder for a single. 189/4

67.3 G Swann to J'dena, Short outside off, with no turn. Jayawardena has ample time to chop it in front of square through covers for a couple. 188/4

67.2 G Swann to J'dena, Flicks it away on the leg side straight to mid-wicket. 186/4

67.1 G Swann to Mathews, Fuller ball, tucked past square leg for one. 186/4

Dammika Prasad to share the attack from the other end.

66.6 R Herath to Cook, Tossed up outside off, pushed straight to cover. That's the end of a very probing over from Herath but worryingly for the hosts, no turn from it. 154/1

66.5 R Herath to Cook, Comes forward and dead-bats it. 154/1

66.4 R Herath to Cook, On middle, driven towards mid on. 154/1

66.3 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 154/1

66.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler. 154/1

66.1 R Herath to Cook, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 154/1

66.6 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 185/4

66.5 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fuller length, driven down straight to mid off. 185/4

66.4 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fuller mark on the pads, flicked away past mid-wicket. Finn from deep square leg gets around it in the deep. Two runs. 185/4

66.3 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Jayawardena has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 183/4

66.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Short of a length delivery at 126.9 kph, Jayawardena stays back on the crease to defend. 183/4

66.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Blocked well by Jayawardena. 183/4

Rangana Herath to start off proceedings on Day 3. Cook to face. All set! Here we go!

The players are back out on the field.......Mahela leading the Lankan lions. And wait a second, are we in Sri Lanka? Because, a huge roar erupts in the stands as Cook and Trott walk out!

Now Tony Greig is having a chat with Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford. The latter says that it has been an exciting adventure with the Lankan team and the guys have impressed a lot with their passion for the game and there is plenty of talent. Hopes to see a good fightback today. On the pitch, he says that it was frustrating yesterday as nothing went well for them and the wicket behaved quite well! Feels that the early morning moisture should assist the bowlers and then in the afternoon the batsmen can make merry. On this day being an important one of the Test match, he says that every day and every session is important but the most important one is the morning one coming right up.

Michael Atherton was interviewing Graeme Swann last night. Swann says that taking 4 wickets early put them in a good position. Feels that they need to be at least 150 in front, so Sri Lanka are no way out of the game as yet. On the pitch, he feels that it is pretty tricky to bat upon and wants his side to get 400. Is happy to have kept the hosts to 270. Admits that Mahela's wicket was the key one, as he is their best batsman at the moment and it was more of a bonus. Agrees that it was a solid performance from the team in all the departments, just what the doctor ordered after their show at Galle. 150/1 shows the true story, he feels. Adds that Day 3 is a pretty important day and England will need to bat really well as the pitch will turn a lot. Wants his side to have enough time on days 4 and 5 to bowl Sri Lanka out.

PITCH REPORT - The cracks are getting wider and wider and this could turn out to be a big day for the home side's spinners. However, there would be bounce as well which should assist the seamers.

WEATHER - Another pleasant day in Colombo, but hot as well.

Hello and a warm welcome to the third day's play between Sri Lanka and England at Colombo! A solid performance yesterday sees the tourists in front at the moment but they are still 121 runs behind, which implies that a couple of early wickets could bring the match to life. Sri Lanka need exactly that. Can we have a good day's play after a completely one-sided affair on day 2? Let's hope and get ready for some action....

Day 3, session 1......

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The Lankans, to their credit, have bowled well, toiled hard, but England have simply been better. The deficit is now just 121 for the visitors and if the batsmen play as well as they did today, they should scale it down easily. Could well be a long day in the field for the Lankans tomorrow, if they do not manage to extract wickets.

A terrific day for England. They restricted the Lankans to 275 this morning and then backed it up with a stupendous opening stand of 122. Cook and Trott have ensured that no wicket fell after Strauss' departure.

65.6 S Lakmal to Trott, Outside off, played away towards mid-wicket. STUMPS ON DAY 2! 154/1

Last ball of the day....

65.5 S Lakmal to Trott, Landed outside off, 130.7 kph, nipping back in, Trott gets across and lets it go. 154/1

65.4 S Lakmal to Trott, Full again, pushed towards mid-wicket. 154/1

65.3 S Lakmal to Trott, Fuller and wider outside off, stays low, 122.6 kph, Trott shoulders arms and the ball barely carries to the keeper. 154/1

65.2 S Lakmal to Trott, Landed outside off, 129.7 kph, left alone. 154/1

65.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Full outside off, 130.1 kph, Trott gets across and plays it straight to short mid-wicket. 154/1

65.6 G Swann to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery to end the over. 183/4

65.5 G Swann to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 183/4

65.4 G Swann to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 183/4

65.3 G Swann to Mathews, Lunges forward and keeps it safe on the on side. 183/4

65.2 G Swann to Mathews, Angelo shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 183/4

65.1 G Swann to Mathews, FOUR! Quicker delivery outside off at 94.6 kph. Mathews slaps it wide off covers and takes a boundary. 183/4

Last over of the day.....

64.6 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, 87.3 kph, played straight to mid-wicket. 154/1

64.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 154/1

64.4 R Herath to Cook, Drops it a touch short, Cook goes back and works it towards short leg. Thirimanne at that position sticks out his left hand and parries it to leg slip. 154/1

64.3 R Herath to Cook, Landed outside off, Cook comes forward again and plays it in front of short leg. 154/1

64.2 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 154/1

64.1 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, played straight to short leg. 154/1

64.6 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Short of a length, a punch down towards Patel at covers, who parries it away to mid off and they take one. 179/4

64.5 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 178/4

64.4 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Angles in at short of a length, Mathews gets on top of the bounce and knuckles it down. 178/4

64.3 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Fuller length delivery outside off at 126.7 kph. Pushed in front of covers. 178/4

64.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Back of a length outside off, Jayawardena pokes at it with soft hands and the outside edge carries to third man for one. 178/4

64.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fuller length delivery this time on off at 124.5 kph, flicked to short mid-wicket. 177/4

Herath to bowl. His last over for the day.

63.6 S Lakmal to J Trott, FOUR! That's a superb shot! Fine delivery to start off, full and outside off, tailing in, 131.4 kph, Trott gets forward and across and flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a boundary! 154/1

63.5 S Lakmal to Trott, Full outside off, 128 kph, Trott shoulders arms. 150/1

63.4 S Lakmal to Trott, Fuller outside off, 131 kph, Trott comes forward and drives it towards cover. 150/1

63.3 S Lakmal to Trott, Now this bounces differently! Landed on a similar length as the one on the first ball, Trott watchfully looks to defend but the ball bounces steeply. He manages to fend it to point. 150/1

63.2 S Lakmal to J Trott, Landed outside off, 129 kph, steered straight to gully. 150/1

63.1 S Lakmal to Trott, Ohhh...good length delivery outside off, stays low, Trott goes for the cut but gets a bottom edge which bounces behind the stumps. 150/1

Tim Bresnan comes back into the attack.

63.6 G Swann to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat to end the over. 177/4

63.5 Swann to Mathews, A bit of over spin there. Pitches outside off and kicks back in, Mathews gets a faint glove to it and the ball dies before short leg. England's appeal for the LBW is not considered. Replays show it was missing leg stump. 177/4

63.4 G Swann to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 177/4

63.3 G Swann to Mathews, Angelo has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 177/4

63.2 G Swann to Mathews, Lunges forward and hits it back to the bowler. 177/4

63.1 G Swann to J'dena, Short and slapped away to deep point for one. 177/4

Suranga Lakmal is back on. 11-2-30-0 so far. This stand is worth 28 from 69 balls. England trail by 125 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

62.6 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, 83.6 kph, Cook lunges forward to defend but gets a thick outside edge which bounces in front of second slip. 150/1

62.5 S Randiv to Cook, Full and just outside off, Cook looks to pad it away but the ball goes straight on past the pads. 150/1

62.4 S Randiv to Cook, Landed on middle, 82.8 kph, Cook comes forward to smother the spin. 150/1

62.3 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, Cook watches it go past. 150/1

62.2 S Randiv to Cook, Fuller outside off, solidly defended off the front foot. 150/1

62.1 S Randiv to Cook, Short outside off, cut straight to point. 150/1

62.6 J Anderson to Mathews, And for the umpteenth time, Anderson beats Mathews once again. Good length outside off, Mathews feels for it but only sees the ball seaming away just a hint past his outside edge. On any other day, Anderson might have got more results than just the three wickets for today. 176/4

62.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Stays on the back foot and punches it to cover. 176/4

62.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Edged and just short! Fuller length, invites Mathews to drive, who does and gets an outside edge. It does not carry to Swann at second slip but what it does is hit Swann squarely on his left shin. He seems to be fine now but boy, that may have been nasty. 176/4

62.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Mathews shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 176/4

62.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Almost a yorker, but too wide outside off, J'dena gets it away through point for one. 176/4

62.1 J Anderson to J'dena, Short of a length delivery, J'dena keeps his bat down on the leg side. 175/4

61.6 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, Trott comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. 150/1

61.5 R Herath to Trott, On middle, Trott works it behind square leg but straight to the fielder. 150/1

61.4 R Herath to Cook, Full on the pads, Cook misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. The umpire signals it as runs, Mahela thinks about the review but does not take it. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be missing leg. 150 UP FOR ENGLAND! 150/1

61.3 R Herath to Cook, This is outside off, blocked back to the bowler. 149/1

61.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, played down to short mid-wicket. 149/1

61.1 R Herath to Trott, Tossed up outside off, 76.2 kph, Trott looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies behind point. A single taken. 149/1

61.6 G Swann to Mathews, Lets it through to the keeper this time. 175/4

61.5 G Swann to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 175/4

61.4 G Swann to J'dena, This time forced wide of mid-wicket for one. 175/4

61.3 G Swann to J'dena, Gets well ahead and defends it on the leg side once again. 174/4

61.2 G Swann to J'dena, Turns it down on the leg side. 174/4

61.1 G Swann to J'dena, Flighted one, turned to short mid-wicket. 174/4

60.6 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, 83.3 kph, turning away, left alone. 148/1

60.5 S Randiv to A Cook, Fuller on middle, 84.8 kph, pushed back to the bowler. 148/1

60.4 S Randiv to Cook, FOUR! Cannot bowl there. Short and wide outside off, Cook goes back and chops it down behind point for a boundary! 148/1

60.3 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, turning away, left alone. 144/1

60.2 S Randiv to Trott, Landed on middle, 86 kph, Trott goes back and works it past short leg for a run. 144/1

60.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 143/1

60.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Fuller and driven down to mid off to end another superb Anderson wicket-less over. 174/4

60.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Good length delivery at 132.9 kph, defended well. 174/4

60.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Oh, beauty. Another teasing length delivery outside off, Mathews does not negate it very well and it whizzes past his outside edge. 174/4

60.3 J Anderson to J'dena, Almost a full toss outside off, Jayawardena squirts it away to third man for one. 174/4

60.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Jayawardena shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 173/4

60.1 J Anderson to M J'dena, FOUR! Edged and through Strauss at first slip. Costly, costly miss. Anderson cannot believe it, now that the edge is generated, the catch is not taken. Good length delivery outside off at 133.7 kph, Jayawardena is squared up and gets an outside edge. It carries to Strauss at first slip who is late in his reflexes and fails to even get any hand on it. The ball races away to the third man fence. Maybe Strauss' bad form with the bat is affecting his fielding as well. 173/4

59.6 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, driven straight back. 142/1

59.5 R Herath to Trott, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 142/1

59.4 R Herath to Trott, Flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 142/1

59.3 R Herath to Trott, Full on middle, 81 kph, Trott comes forward and flicks it wide of mid on for a couple. 142/1

59.2 R Herath to Trott, Lands it on middle, solidly defended. 140/1

59.1 R Herath to J Trott, Full outside off, Trott comes forward and drives it past cover but straight to mid off. 140/1

59.6 G Swann to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 169/4

59.5 G Swann to Mathews, Lets it rip outside off, Mathews does not expect it to turn and bounce and it lobs off his pads past first slip, but Anderson like a hawk dives and takes it. England do not appeal but encouraged Anderson for his effort. 169/4

59.4 G Swann to J'dena, Looped up outside off, tucked past mid-wicket for one. 169/4

59.3 G Swann to J'dena, Short and helped away to Strauss at mid on. 168/4

59.2 G Swann to Mathews, Flatter and full, eased down to long on for one. 168/4

59.1 G Swann to J'dena, Flicked away for a single on the leg side for one. 167/4

58.6 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 140/1

58.5 S Randiv to Trott, Flicks it behind square leg for a single. 140/1

58.4 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 139/1

58.3 S Randiv to Trott, Tossed up again, Trott comes forward and defends again. 139/1

58.2 S Randiv to Trott, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 139/1

58.1 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, 83.8 kph, Cook leans and drives it through the covers for a couple. 139/1

58.6 J Anderson to Mathews, This time firmly pushes it towards cover to end the over. 166/4

58.5 J Anderson to Mathews, That beats the outside edge again! Poor old Anderson. Has been getting it to hit the deck at the right areas but has been unfortunate to get fruits out of it. Another delivery holding its line outside off, Mathews rooted on the back foot, felt for it but the ball sneaked in through past his blade. 166/4

58.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Another teasing delivery outside off, right channels. Mathews plays it off the inside part of the blade down to mid on. 166/4

58.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Angles it on length at middle stump, Mathews covers the line and defends it. 166/4

58.2 J Anderson to Mathews, Some action from Anderson here. A probing length delivery outside off, Mathews pokes his bat inside the line and misses it. 166/4

58.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Back of a length delivery at 130.9 kph, blocked down the ground. 166/4

57.6 R Herath to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 138/1

57.5 R Herath to Trott, Drives it towards mid off. 138/1

57.4 R Herath to J Trott, Quicker delivery, on off, Trott is hurried into his defense and gets a thick outside edge which lands in front of first slip. 138/1

57.3 R Herath to Trott, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 138/1

57.2 R Herath to Trott, Comes forward and defends. 138/1

57.1 R Herath to Trott, Full outside off, solidly defended. 138/1

57.6 G Swann to J'dena, Goes to work it away but gets an inside edge down to short fine leg. Some itchy moments for the skipper in this over. 166/4

57.5 G Swann to J'dena, Flighted outside off, Jayawardena flicks it , but the ball pops up JUST before the short mid-wicket fielder. A rare laspe of concentration from the veteran. 166/4

57.4 G Swann to J'dena, Tad short this time, with a bit of drift. Blocked down well by Mahela. 166/4

57.3 G Swann to J'dena, Spins it outside off, Jayawardena covers the line to block it. 166/4

57.2 G Swann to Mathews, Full toss this time, another run fetched from long on. 166/4

57.1 G Swann to J'dena, Stump to stump lines, helped down to long on for a single. 165/4

Rangana Herath is back into the attack. 15-0-42-0 so far. This stand is worth 16 from 33 balls. England trail by 137 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

56.6 S Randiv to Cook, Short outside off, 83.7 kph, left alone. 138/1

56.5 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, Cook pushes it towards cover, sets off for the single, Trott responds but then Cook screams, "NOOOOOOOOO!" 138/1

56.4 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, 84.1 kph, Trott leans and pushes it through the covers for a run. 138/1

56.3 S Randiv to Trott, Quicker delivery outside off, 85.7 kph, Trott goes back and defends it towards cover. 137/1

56.2 S Randiv to A Cook, That's short, cut through point for a single. 137/1

56.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket. 136/1

56.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Back of a length targetting the pads, tucked down to short leg to end the over. 164/4

56.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Bangs in short outside off, Mathews cuts but does not get enough power behind it and find the cover-point fielder. 164/4

56.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Short of a length just outside off, played towards mid off. 164/4

56.3 J Anderson to Mathews, FOUR! Anderson angles it too straight on the pads, Mathews just about manages a tickle down to the fine leg fence. 164/4

56.2 J Anderson to Mathews, Fuller length delivery on and around off, played towards mid on with a straight bat. 160/4

56.1 J Anderson to J'dena, Back of a length delivery on the pads, tucked just past square leg and Mathews makes ground at the striker's end inspite of an attempted direct hit. One run. 160/4

55.6 T Dilshan to Trott, Landed outside off, turning in, pushed towards mid on. 136/1

55.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 136/1

55.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Comes forward and defends again. 135/1

55.3 T Dilshan to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 135/1

55.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 135/1

55.1 T Dilshan to Trott, Full on the pads, flicked behind square leg for a single. 135/1

James Anderson is back on.

55.6 G Swann to M J'dena, Plants his front foot forward and helps it down the ground to long on for one. 159/4

55.5 G Swann to J'dena, Appeal for an LBW! Tossed up delivery on off, Mahela came forward with a big stride and tried to tuck it across the line. He missed his attempt and was thudded on the pads. They appealed but the impact was well outside off. 158/4

55.4 G Swann to J'dena, It keeps low and curls back into the batsman, Jayawardena makes some late adjustments and taps it to short mid-wicket. 158/4

55.3 G Swann to J'dena, Off-spinner curling into the batsman, Mahela gets deep inside the crease and works it off his pads. Finds the square leg fielder though. 158/4

55.2 G Swann to Mathews, Fuller length delivery this time on middle, Mathews stretches forward and forces it past the bowler for a run at long on. 158/4

55.1 G Swann to Mathews, A touch short in length and shaping back into the batsman, Mathews goes on the back foot and plays it into the gap at cover-point. A couple. 157/4

54.6 S Randiv to Cook, FOUR! Long hop outside off, 85.1 kph, Cook goes back and cuts it powerfully behind point for a boundary! 134/1

54.5 S Randiv to Cook, Lunges forward and defends nicely. 130/1

54.4 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up nicely, Cook drives it nicely through the covers and gets it in the gap. Two runs taken. 130/1

54.3 S Randiv to Cook, Pushes it through the covers but straight to the fielder. 128/1

54.2 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, 87 kph, Cook comes forward to push it to silly point. 128/1

54.1 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, 84.3 kph, left alone. 128/1

Welcome back for the evening session. 35 overs are still left in the day's play. The men concerned are out in the middle. Mahela Jayawardena will once again look to build a partnership while England would aim to pick a few quick wickets. Promises to be another exciting session. Graeme Swann to continue...

Tea on day 1. A very patient partnership from Jayawardena and Samaraweera would have frustrated the England players for most part of this session. A controversial bat-pad decision was given in favour of Samaraweera but he was finally removed by Bresnan just before the tea break. With the new man, out-of-match practice, Angelo Mathews in, England would look to capitalize from here on. Join us in a while.

54.6 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Much fuller in length, J'dena blocks it well on the leg side. 155/4

54.5 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Mahela has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 155/4

54.4 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Short of a length delivery, pulled down all along the ground to get off the mark with one to fine leg. 155/4

54.3 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Angelo lets the ball go outside his off stump. 154/4

54.2 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Fuller length outside off, Mathews sticks his bat out towards cover. 154/4

54.1 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Outside off, Mathews leaves it alone. 154/4

53.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Another long hop, cut through the covers for a single. 128/1

53.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 127/1

53.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Short outside off, cut straight to point. 127/1

53.3 T Dilshan to J Trott, Drives it through mid on for a single. 127/1

53.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Flicks this away for a single. 126/1

53.1 T Dilshan to Cook, Full outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 125/1

53.6 G Swann to J'dena, Stamps ahead and defends it. 154/4

53.5 G Swann to J'dena, Jayawardena has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 154/4

53.4 G Swann to J'dena, Short and J'dena helps it away behind square on the leg side. 154/4

53.3 G Swann to J'dena, Works it away to short leg. 154/4

53.2 G Swann to J'dena, Another marginally short delivery, played towards short leg. 154/4

53.1 G Swann to J'dena, Short and spinning in much more than expected, Jayawardena works it down to short fine leg. 154/4

52.6 S Randiv to Trott, Landed outside off, Trott punches it through the covers. Trott takes the single, turns for the second, Cook is not sure, Trott stutters, but then Cook sees that the ball is in the gap and then the second is taken. 125/1

52.5 S Randiv to Trott, Comes forward and defends this nicely. 123/1

52.4 S Randiv to Trott, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 123/1

52.3 S Randiv to Trott, Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 123/1

52.2 S Randiv to Trott, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 123/1

52.1 S Randiv to Trott, Full outside off, Trott looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 123/1

52.6 Tim Bresnan to Mathews, Well wide outside off, Mathews lets it go. 154/4

Angelo Mathews is the new man in.

52.5 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, OUT! LBW! As plumb as anything. A very full delivery put across at off, Samaraweera falls over on his flick. Is hit squarely on the pads and England's appeal is immediately approved by the umpire. Samaraweera does not take the review. Replays show it to be hitting leg stump. Finally, England have a breakthrough. 154/4

52.4 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Short of a length at 128.8 kph, scythed away to third man for one. 154/3

52.3 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Wider outside off, swings back in a hint but far enough for Jayawardena to allow it through. 153/3

52.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Similar lines, stump to stump, Jayawardena pats it down toward short mid-wicket. 153/3

52.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Angles it on middle and leg, Jayawardena works it towards mid-wicket. 153/3

51.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Full outside off, defended back to the bowler. 123/1

51.5 T Dilshan to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 123/1

51.4 T Dilshan to Trott, Landed on middle, Trott goes back and works it towards fine leg for a single. There is a huge roar from the English contingent in the crowd. 123/1

Jonathan Trott walks in at number 3, replacing Strauss. England trail by 153 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

51.3 T Dilshan to Strauss, OUT! Caught behind! At long last, Sri Lanka get the breakthrough! Short outside off, 84.6 kph, Strauss goes for the cut but the ball moves away a bit after pitching and takes the outside edge. Prasanna Jayawardene collects and leaps in the air in celebration and the umpire raises his finger. Strauss departs for a patient 61, the 122-run stand is broken, ENGLAND 122/1! 122/1

51.2 T Dilshan to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 122/0

51.1 T Dilshan to A Strauss, Full outside off, Strauss comes forward to defend but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to first slip. 122/0

Tim Bresnan into the attack.

51.6 G Swann to Samaraweera, Arm ball this time outside off, left alone by Samaraweera. 153/3

51.5 G Swann to M J'dena, Bunts it down to long on for one. 153/3

51.4 G Swann to J'dena, FOUR! Another loose delivery from Swann. Short outside off, ample time for Jayawardena to run it down to third man to make it two boundaries off the over. 152/3

51.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Turns it through square leg for one. 148/3

51.2 G Swann to Samaraweera, On the pads, tucked to square leg. 147/3

28th Test fifty for Thilan Samaraweera, 3rd against England.

51.1 G Swann to Samaraweera, FOUR! Short delivery, Samaraweera stays back and forth and forces it through cover. Has played a crucially patient innings so far, apart from getting hit on the head and was the benefactor on a controversial bat-pad decision as well. 147/3

50.6 S Randiv to Cook, On middle, solidly defended again. 122/0

50.5 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 122/0

50.4 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, left alone again. 122/0

50.3 S Randiv to Cook, Landed outside off, left alone. 122/0

50.2 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, Cook lunges out to defend but gets a thick outside edge which goes on the bounce to second slip. 122/0

50.1 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 122/0

Graeme Swann comes back on.

50.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Short outside off, flicked away for a single to square leg. 143/3

50.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Leans out on his front foot and pats it down. 142/3

50.4 S Patel to J'dena, Charges down the track with a flick to deep square leg for one. 142/3

50.3 S Patel to J'dena, Mahela has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 141/3

50.2 S Patel to Samaraweera, Skips down the track and bunts it in front of mid on for a quick single. 141/3

50.1 S Patel to Samaraweera, Quicker one on off, the batsman got forward and defended it to the off side. 140/3

Suraj Randiv is back on. 10-2-16-0 so far. England trail by 153 runs with all wickets intact.

DRINKS BREAK.

49.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Short outside off, cut through point for one. 122/0

49.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Landed outside off, played straight to point. 121/0

49.4 T Dilshan to A Strauss, Comes forward and pushes it towards mid off for a quick run. 121/0

49.3 T Dilshan to A Cook, Short outside off, 81.1 kph, cut through point for a single. 120/0

49.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Fired down the leg side, Cook misses out on the sweep shot. 119/0

David Lloyd tweets, "Think the press is very fair . Strauss will know what to expect with no hundred for 48 inngs. ONLY way to ease that is to score centuries"

49.1 T Dilshan to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 119/0

49.6 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, FOUR! Bresnan hurls in a short delivery on middle, at 137.8 kph, Jayawardena goes on with his instinctive pull shot and does well to roll his wrists over the ball. He nicely keeps it all along the carpet and it races away to the long leg fence. Pietersen in the deep is fairly square and had no chance of cutting it off. 140/3

49.5 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Gets half forward and blocks it with an angled bat to the off side. 136/3

49.4 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Oohhh... this one jags back into the batsman from a length outside off, Mahela is hurried into defense and gets an inside edge onto the pads. 136/3

49.3 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Action replay of the last delivery. Jayawardena is watching the lines very closely. 136/3

49.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fullish in length in the right channel outside off, Mahela shoulders his arms. 136/3

49.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, An over-pitched delivery angling into the batsman, Jayawardena gets forward and punches it back. The ball goes on to strike the stumps at the other end. 136/3

48.6 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it through mid-wicket for another single. 119/0

48.5 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and works it through square leg for one. 118/0

48.4 R Herath to Strauss, RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! Full on middle, Strauss comes forward and whips it towards short leg. The momentum takes him out of the crease and a sharp Thirimanne back-flicks it at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Strauss was a goner. 117/0

Silly point comes in....

48.3 R Herath to Strauss, Outside off again, pushed back to the bowler. 117/0

48.2 R Herath to Strauss, Landed outside off, 83.4 kph, Strauss goes back and works it through the legs of short leg for a run. 117/0

48.1 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, worked past mid-wicket for a single. 117/0

48.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Fuller length delivery on off, driven nicely to the off side but straight to the cover fielder. 136/3

48.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Goes on the back foot and blocks it confidently. 136/3

48.4 S Patel to Samaraweera, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. No run. 136/3

48.3 S Patel to Samaraweera, Once again a little shimmy down the track and he pushes it off his pads to mid-wicket. 136/3

48.2 S Patel to M J'dena, Fuller length delivery on off, the batsman advances down the track and blocks it back to the bowler. He misfields a bit and they cross. 136/3

48.1 S Patel to J'dena, Slow loopy delivery on off, Mahela gets forward and pushes it with an angled bat to silly point. 135/3

Mahela trying to slow things down a bit. Has a long chat with Herath.

47.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Flicks it off his pads for one more. 116/0

47.5 T Dilshan to Strauss, Drives it wide of mid off for a single. 115/0

47.4 T Dilshan to Strauss, Outside off, left alone. 114/0

"England over the last 2 yrs have consistently got big big scores when the openers have got them a start...Strauss Is one tough cookie.." tweets Michael Vaughan.

47.3 T Dilshan to Strauss, Tossed up outside off, solidly defended. 114/0

47.2 T Dilshan to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 114/0

47.1 T Dilshan to Strauss, Landed down the leg side, 74.1 kph, worked past square leg for a couple. 114/0

47.6 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Another short of a length delivery outside off, slashed away to third man for a single. 135/3

47.5 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Short of a length delivery at 137.1 kph, this time pulled away nicely to fine leg for a single. 134/3

47.4 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Fuller in length, driven down to mid on. 133/3

47.3 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Short and cut away straight to the man at point. 133/3

47.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fuller in length outside off, Jayawardena pats it down on the leg side for a single. 133/3

47.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Length delivery outside off, left alone. 132/3

Tillakaratne Dilshan is back on. 3-1-3-0 so far. England trail by 163 runs with all wickets intact.

46.6 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, nicely blocked. 112/0

46.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 112/0

46.4 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and works it through square leg for a run. 112/0

46.3 R Herath to Strauss, Drives it straight to mid on. 111/0

46.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, 82.9 kph, flicked past mid-wicket for a single. 111/0

46.1 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 110/0

46.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Angles it on the stumps, Samaraweera keeps his bat down in time to end the over. 132/3

46.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Similar delivery, blocked off the back foot. 132/3

46.4 S Patel to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 132/3

46.3 S Patel to Samaraweera, Gets well ahead and blocks it back to Patel. 132/3

46.2 S Patel to Samaraweera, Gets onto the front foot and defends it. 132/3

46.1 S Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 132/3

45.6 D Prasad to Strauss, FOUR! Full outside off, 135.1 kph, Strauss leans and drives it behind point for a boundary! 110/0

45.5 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. 106/0

45.4 D Prasad to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a single. 106/0

45.3 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 105/0

28th Test Fifty for Cook, 6th against Sri Lanka!

45.2 D Prasad to Cook, FOUR! Gets to his half century in style! Short outside off, 135.1 kph, Cook steers it through gully for a boundary! 105/0

45.1 D Prasad to Strauss, Punches it towards cover for a single. 101/0

45.6 Tim Bresnan to T Samaraweera, Huge mix up but a poor throw from Finn. Samaraweera pats it down towards mid on and sets off. Jayawardena was ball-watching and was not ready for the single. Both the batsmen were struggling at both the ends. Finn, running in from mid on, chooses to throw at the nearest set of sticks, the non-striker's end but the throw was wayward and Samaraweera was back in. One run. 132/3

45.5 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 131/3

45.4 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Fuller length delivery, Samaraweera blocks it well. 131/3

45.3 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Comes onto the front foot and defends it. 131/3

45.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Good length on the pads, flicked down to fine leg for one. 131/3

45.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Outside off, left alone. 130/3

44.6 R Herath to Cook, On middle, played straight to square leg. 100/0

44.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 100/0

44.4 R Herath to Cook, Works it straight to mid-wicket. 100/0

44.3 R Herath to Cook, FOUR! Well played! Takes it on the full and reverse sweeps it past backward point for a boundary! 100/0

Ayaz Memon tweets, "England'sday yet, with ball and bat.If they can get a lead of 150 or thereabouts Lanka could be up against it.But that's a long way off yet"

44.2 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it straight to square leg. 96/0

44.1 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, 80.8 kph, played straight to mid-wicket. 96/0

Tim Bresnan into the attack. Has bowled only 1/9th of the 45 overs bowled by England today.

44.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Poor long hop, Samaraweera cannot get it past cover. 130/3

44.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Stays within the crease to block it. 130/3

44.4 S Patel to Samaraweera, Angled in full, Samaraweera plays it down. 130/3

11th 100 plus partnership in Tests between Mahela Jayawardena and Thilan Samaraweera.

44.3 S Patel to Samaraweera, Gets it wide off mid-wicket and takes two. 130/3

44.2 S Patel to J'dena, Flicks it away through mid-wicket for one. 128/3

44.1 S Patel to J'dena, SIX! Beautiful footwork from Jayawardena. Charges down the track, meets to the pitch of the ball and clobbers it over long on comfortably. 127/3

Rangana Herath to bowl now. 12-0-33-0 so far. England trail by 179 runs with all wickets intact.

43.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Punches it straight to cover. 96/0

43.5 D Prasad to Strauss, Full on middle, 137.1 kph, comes forward and defends. 96/0

43.4 D Prasad to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 96/0

43.3 D Prasad to Cook, Short outside off, 136 kph, Cook cuts it powerfully towards point where Dilshan dives to his right and partially stops it. A single taken. 96/0

43.2 D Prasad to Cook, Full on middle, 136 kph, Cook comes forward and pushes it towards mid on. 95/0

43.1 D Prasad to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, punched towards cover. 95/0

43.6 S Finn to Samaraweera, FOUR! This time the bowler is treated harshly for some persistent bowling. Another back of a length delivery, Samaraweera shuffles a bit and keeps it down, luckily for him it went through short leg and the leg gully fielder through to fine leg. 121/3

43.5 S Finn to Samaraweera, Darts in at back of a length this time, Samaraweera this time, keeps it down towards short leg. This length has caused some problems for him and he negated it well for now. 117/3

43.4 S Finn to Samaraweera, Full and wide outside off, swings back in after pitching as Samaraweera leaves it alone. 117/3

43.3 S Finn to Samaraweera, Short and wide outside off, Samaraweera looks to cut it away but does not get any bat to it. 117/3

43.2 S Finn to Samaraweera, On the pads, tucked to short leg. 117/3

43.1 S Finn to Samaraweera, Stays back and punches it on the off side. 117/3

42.6 S Randiv to Cook, Down the leg side, another sweep for a single. 95/0

27th Test Fifty for Strauss, second against Sri Lanka!

42.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Goes back and works it towards square leg for one. 94/0

42.4 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a run. 93/0

42.3 S Randiv to Strauss, Full on middle, Strauss gently sweeps it towards fine leg for a single. 92/0

42.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 91/0

42.1 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 91/0

42.6 S Patel to J'dena, Full and driven through mid off. 117/3

42.5 S Patel to J'dena, Jayawardena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 117/3

42.4 S Patel to J'dena, Pushes it towards point. 117/3

42.3 S Patel to T Samaraweera, This time comes down the track and drives it to extra covers for one. 117/3

42.2 S Patel to T Samaraweera, Flatter and driven towards mid on. 116/3

42.1 S Patel to Samaraweera, FOUR BYES! It's a slow train which misses everybody. Short of a length outside off, Samaraweera looks to sweep it but it sneaks in and goes through Prior's legs as well to reach the fence. 116/3

41.6 D Prasad to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 91/0

41.5 D Prasad to Cook, Full and down the leg side, 135.2 kph, Cook misses out on the flick. 91/0

41.4 D Prasad to Cook, Goes back and punches it straight to cover. 91/0

41.3 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 91/0

41.2 D Prasad to A Cook, Short outside off, 132.1 kph, mistimes his cut towards point. 91/0

41.1 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 91/0

41.6 S Finn to J'dena, Mahela has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery to end the over. 112/3

41.5 S Finn to J'dena, Back of a length, played down by Jayawardena. 112/3

41.4 S Finn to J'dena, Mahela has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 112/3

41.3 S Finn to Samaraweera, Bowls it fuller this time, flicked through mid-wicket for a single this time. 112/3

41.2 S Finn to Samaraweera, Another short delivery to test Samaraweera again. This time he sways away from it as the ball was sliding down the leg side. 111/3

Drinks taken.

41.1 S Finn to Samaraweera, A brute of a delivery and Samaraweera seems punctured by that cannon from Finn. It was banged in short and Samaraweera took his eyes off the ball at the last minute. It hits him on the back of the head and thunders into his helmet nastily as well. He seems to be in some pain. 111/3

Dammika Prasad into the attack. 6-3-13-0 so far. England trail by 184 runs with all wickets intact.

40.6 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, 87.6 kph, Cook paddle sweeps this down to fine leg for a single. 91/0

40.5 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, solidly defended. 90/0

40.4 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 90/0

40.3 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 90/0

CRICKET STAT - 66 out of the 80 dismissals for England this winter have been against spinners. Of those, 39 percent have been LBWs!

40.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Drives it through point for a single. 90/0

40.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, 87.1 kph, left alone. 89/0

40.6 S Patel to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 111/3

40.5 S Patel to T Samaraweera, This time driven towards mid off for one. 111/3

40.4 S Patel to Samaraweera, Comes onto his front foot and pushes it towards point. 110/3

40.3 S Patel to Samaraweera, Full and driven to covers. 110/3

40.2 S Patel to Samaraweera, Stays back on the back foot and punches it straight to the fielder. 110/3

40.1 S Patel to J'dena, J'dena works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 110/3

39.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Comes forward and defends. 89/0

39.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 89/0

39.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, Short on middle, 128.9 kph, pulled away towards mid-wicket for three runs. 89/0

39.3 S Lakmal to Strauss, Outside off, left alone. 86/0

39.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, Played to the point region by the batsman. 86/0

39.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 86/0

39.6 S Finn to Samaraweera, A good back foot defense to end the over. 109/3

39.5 S Finn to J'dena, Flicked down to fine leg for a single this time. 109/3

39.4 S Finn to J'dena, Short of a length, keeps low and Mahela plays it back to the bowler. 108/3

39.3 S Finn to J'dena, Comes on his front foot and defends. 108/3

39.2 S Finn to J'dena, Mahela shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 108/3

39.1 S Finn to J'dena, Flicks it away towards mid-wicket. 108/3

38.6 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 86/0

38.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Full on middle, 81.9 kph, swept away for a single. 86/0

38.4 S Randiv to A Strauss, Short outside off, cut straight to point. 85/0

38.3 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, defended back to the bowler. 85/0

38.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 85/0

38.1 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 85/0

38.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Stays on the back foot to defend. 108/3

41st Test Fifty for Mahela Jayawardena, 8th against England.

38.5 S Patel to J'dena, Picks it away towards point. Samaraweera was not ready for it but they manage to get the single. Once again the captain has played a crucial knock in steadying the ship. 108/3

38.4 S Patel to J'dena, Works it away towards mid-wicket. 107/3

38.3 S Patel to J'dena, Jayawardena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 107/3

38.2 S Patel to J'dena, Risky! Comes down the track but does not time his lofted shot well. It goes on a bounce to mid on. He is on 49 and it's showing in his play. 107/3

38.1 S Patel to J'dena, Quicker one, Jayawardena plays it away to cover. 107/3

37.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Another short delivery, does not come off the pitch, Cook mistimes his cut straight to point. 85/0

37.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 85/0

37.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Short outside off, 128.2 kph, cut straight to point. 85/0

37.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, left alone. 85/0

37.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Full on middle, 128.2 kph, Cook defends it from his crease. 85/0

37.1 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 85/0

Samit Patel is back on.

37.6 S Finn to Samaraweera, Pushes it away towards cover. 107/3

37.5 Finn to T Samaraweera, NOT OUT! Back of a length delivery. Samaraweera looks to jam it down on the leg side. There are two noises as it lobs up towards Cook at short leg and England appeal. The umpire is not interested. England take the review even knowing that there is no Hot Spot available. Samaraweera looks guilty as he seems to be walking away. But he takes his stand once the on-field umpire does not give it. Replay seems to pick up two noises but none of the frames are conclusive enough as Samaraweera's arm comes in the way of the line of the ball. The umpire's call stays and it is given in the favour of the batsman. 107/3

There is an appeal for a bat-pad catch against Samaraweera! England review it.

37.4 S Finn to Samaraweera, Short of a length delivery, tucked away down the leg side for a couple to fine leg. 107/3

37.3 S Finn to Samaraweera, On the full mark at 135.7 kph, turned away straight to mid-wicket. 105/3

37.2 S Finn to Samaraweera, Once again on the fuller mark outside off, pushed away towards cover. 105/3

37.1 S Finn to T Samaraweera, Fullish delivery, drilled down the ground past the bowler for a couple. 105/3

Suranga Lakmal to continue....

36.6 S Randiv to Strauss, Tossed up, 86.2 kph, comes forward to defend. 85/0

36.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 85/0

36.4 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 85/0

36.3 S Randiv to Cook, Another quick run taken towards cover. 85/0

36.2 S Randiv to A Strauss, Short outside off, punched towards cover for a quick single. 84/0

36.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, defended solidly. 83/0

Steven Finn into the attack now.

36.6 S Patel to J'dena, Once again flicked towards mid-wicket. 103/3

36.5 S Patel to J'dena, Tucked away to mid-wicket. 103/3

36.4 S Patel to J'dena, Pushed it towards cover. 103/3

36.3 S Patel to J'dena, Jayawardena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 103/3

36.2 S Patel to J'dena, Goes to work it away and gets hit on the pads. 103/3

36.1 S Patel to J'dena, Mahela has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 103/3

Suraj Randiv to start off proceedings after Tea. Strauss to face. All set! Here we go!

The umpires walk out to the middle with Asad Rauf making some comic actions in front of the camera. The Lankans are out in a huddle. Mahela looks very animated.

Day 2, third session.....

The first wicket-less session of the series! Not too many highlights, good bowling from the Lankans, but some poor fielding cost them a couple of wickets. Strauss and Cook have battled hard and laid a good platform. They now trail by 192 runs and still have all wickets intact. Sri Lanka desperate for a breakthrough. Join us back at 0930 GMT (1500 IST) for the final session of the day.

35.6 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. TEA ON DAY 2! 83/0

35.5 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full on middle, 127 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for three. 83/0

35.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, Another leave outside the off stump. 80/0

35.3 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 80/0

35.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 80/0

35.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full outside off, 129.9 kph, left alone. 80/0

35.6 G Swann to J'dena, Comes down the track and drills it down to long on for one. 103/3

35.5 G Swann to Samaraweera, Short and forced away through cover-point for one. 102/3

35.4 G Swann to Samaraweera, Gets well forward and blocks it on the leg side. 101/3

35.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 101/3

35.2 G Swann to Samaraweera, Flatter and driven down to mid on. 101/3

35.1 G Swann to Samaraweera, Short at 84.5 kph, flicked down to fine leg. 101/3

Should be the last over before Tea.

34.6 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, well defended. 80/0

34.5 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 80/0

34.4 S Randiv to Strauss, Flicks it away for one. 80/0

34.3 S Randiv to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 79/0

34.2 S Randiv to Cook, Whips it through mid-wicket for a run. 79/0

34.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Short, punched away for a single. 78/0

34.6 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Another one tails back in a hint, from off, Samaraweera flicks it through mid-wicket to find the gap and takes three runs. 101/3

34.5 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Fullish delivery outside off, drilled down to mid off. 98/3

34.4 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Good length, Samaraweera pats it down. 98/3

34.3 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Fuller length, driven towards cover. 98/3

34.2 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 98/3

34.1 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Fuller length, Samaraweera defends. 98/3

33.6 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 77/0

33.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Ooohhh...this one comes back in off the seam, 130.1 kph, Cook looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge past short leg. Two runs taken. 77/0

33.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Yorker outside off, 129.2 kph, Cook digs it out. 75/0

33.3 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 75/0

33.2 S Lakmal to A Cook, Excellent fielding. Full outside off, 125.9 kph, Cook drives it towards cover where Randiv dives full length to his left and stops the ball. 75/0

33.2 S Lakmal to Cook, NO BALL. Oversteps and lands it short outside off, 126.7 kph, Cook cuts it straight to point. 75/0

33.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, 128.2 kph steered straight to point. 74/0

33.6 G Swann to J'dena, Turns in from outside off, J'dena blocks it away off his front foot solidly. 98/3

33.5 G Swann to J'dena, Flighted one, Jayawardena defends. 98/3

33.4 G Swann to J'dena, Defends it away on the leg side. 98/3

33.3 G Swann to J'dena, Tucks it away towards mid-wicket. 98/3

33.2 G Swann to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 98/3

33.1 G Swann to J'dena, J'dena has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 98/3

32.6 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 74/0

32.5 S Randiv to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a couple. 74/0

32.4 S Randiv to Cook, Played to the point region by the batsman. 73/0

32.3 S Randiv to Cook, Tossed up outside off, 84.6 kph, defended solidly. 73/0

32.2 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 73/0

32.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, 85.3 kph, pushed towards 73/0

32.6 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Another one tails back in off length, well outside off, Samaraweera waits for the last minute and guides it to point to end the over. 98/3

32.5 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Pushes it towards point. 98/3

32.4 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Another length delivery, this time keeps low but it tails back in. Samaraweera does well to play it towards square leg. Good thinking from Anderson's part. 98/3

32.3 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Well wide outside off, Thilan leaves it alone. 98/3

32.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Short of a length outside off, Jayawardena guides it down to third man for a single. 98/3

32.1 J Anderson to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 97/3

Suraj Randiv into the attack now. 4-2-3-0 so far. England trail by 202 runs with all wickets intact.

31.6 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 73/0

31.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a single. 73/0

31.4 S Lakmal to Cook, It's been driven superbly through the covers. 72/0

31.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 129.5 kph, left alone. 72/0

31.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 72/0

31.1 S Lakmal to A Cook, Full outside off, 130.2 kph, driven straight to mid off. 72/0

31.6 G Swann to Samaraweera, Drills it towards short mid on, where Strauss dives to his right and saves one. 97/3

31.5 G Swann to J'dena, Angles it on the pads, swept away for one through square leg. 97/3

31.4 G Swann to Samaraweera, Dabs this through cover-point and takes one. 96/3

31.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Well outside off, Samaraweera pads it away. 95/3

31.2 G Swann to Samaraweera, Loops it up outside off, Thilan defends it. 95/3

31.1 G Swann to Samaraweera, Flicked down to short leg. 95/3

30.6 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 72/0

30.5 R Herath to Strauss, Short outside off, punches the ball through the covers for a couple. 72/0

30.4 R Herath to Strauss, Pushes at this one without any conviction and is beaten. 70/0

30.3 R Herath to Strauss, DROPPED! Now this is a regulation chance. Landed on middle, 82 kph, Strauss goes back and flicks it straight to Thirimanne at short leg who cannot hold on. 70/0

30.2 R Herath to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 70/0

30.1 R Herath to Strauss, Flicks it through square leg for a couple. 70/0

30.6 J Anderson to M J'dena, Full and driven down towards mid off. 95/3

30.5 J Anderson to J'dena, Another leave for Mahela Jayawardena. 95/3

30.4 J Anderson to J'dena, J'dena chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 95/3

30.3 J Anderson to J'dena, Too wide once again, Mahela is not considering to play at such deliveries. 95/3

30.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Well wide outside off at 138.1 kph, left alone. 95/3

30.1 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Back of a length delivery at 136.6 kph, turned down to fine leg for a single. 95/3

29.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, 132.5 kph, steered straight to point. 68/0

29.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 130.9 kph, left alone. 68/0

Yawn......that is how this Test match is progressing. Even the English supporters are taking a nap. But on a larger frame, England would not mind this continuous grinding from the openers.

29.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 68/0

29.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 131.5 kph, Cook feels for it but is beaten. 68/0

29.2 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 68/0

29.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full and well outside off, 132.3 kph, left alone. 68/0

29.6 G Swann to J'dena, Tucked away towards mid-wicket. 94/3

29.5 G Swann to J'dena, DROPPED! Tough chance. Jayawardena leans forward, flicks it. The ball flies low towards short leg, Alastair Cook, who gets some hand to it but fails to cling on to the catch. 94/3

29.4 G Swann to Samaraweera, Flatter and driven past short mid-wicket for one. 94/3

29.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 93/3

29.2 G Swann to Samaraweera, Stays on the back foot and punches it towards point. 93/3

29.1 G Swann to Samaraweera, FOUR! Judged this well. Takes his bat across the off stump and paddle sweeps it down to fine leg. There was no fielder protection in the deep. 93/3

28.6 R Herath to Cook, Fuller on off, 84 kph, Cook lunges out to work it through square leg for a run. 68/0

28.5 R Herath to Cook, Oohhh...Cook gets far to across, Herath fires this on middle, Cook gets in a tangle to defend but manages to get his bat down in time. 67/0

28.4 R Herath to Cook, Landed outside off, another forward defense from the vice-captain. 67/0

28.3 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, Cook comes forward and defends. 67/0

28.2 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and whips it behind square leg for a single. 67/0

28.1 R Herath to Strauss, Full outside off, 80.8 kph, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 66/0

28.6 J Anderson to J'dena, Short of a length outside off, J'dena lets it go to end the over. 89/3

28.5 J Anderson to J'dena, On a good length outside off, Mahela stays back to defend. 89/3

28.4 J Anderson to J'dena, Length outside off, left alone. 89/3

28.3 J Anderson to M J'dena, FOUR! Shot. Fuller length delivery, Jayawardena aligns himself and drives it past mid on exquisitely for a boundary. 89/3

28.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Good length outside off, left alone. 85/3

28.1 J Anderson to J'dena, Fuller length outside off at 131.9 kph, driven towards extra cover. 85/3

27.6 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 66/0

27.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 66/0

27.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Punches it towards cover where the fielder does well. 66/0

27.3 S Lakmal to Strauss, Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 66/0

27.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 65/0

27.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full on middle, 130.3 kph, flicked towards mid-wicket for a couple. 65/0

James Anderson to run in now. Easily, the trump bowler today so far.

27.6 G Swann to Samaraweera, Thilan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 85/3

27.5 G Swann to J'dena, Flicked away for one. 85/3

27.4 G Swann to Samaraweera, No telecast for this delivery. A single. 84/3

27.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, No telecast for this delivery. 83/3

27.2 G Swann to J'dena, Spins it in on a short length, flicked down to fine leg for one. 83/3

27.1 G Swann to J'dena, Flicked away to short mid-wicket. 82/3

Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack. 4-0-17-0 so far. England trail by 212 runs with all wickets intact.

26.6 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, solidly defended. 63/0

26.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh-pad. 63/0

26.4 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. 63/0

26.3 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and punches it through the covers for a single. 63/0

26.2 Herath to Strauss, Another vociferous appeal for LBW, calmly turned down by Asad Rauf. Full on middle, Strauss goes back to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. Too high. 62/0

26.1 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 62/0

Graeme Swann to continue.

We are back for the post-lunch session. England may try and attack the batsmen with some attacking fields, which they failed to do after the fall of three wickets. Anderson has been in true form and it should be an interesting contest.

Lunch on day 1. England may feel deja vu after trapping Sri Lanka early on with three big blows but once again a strong performance from the batsmen in the form of Mahela Jayawardena and Thilan Samaraweera has stalled proceedings out and given a ray of hope for Sri Lanka. Join us in a while for the post-lunch session.

26.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Darts in a yorker, dug away to short mid-wicket. 82/3

26.5 S Patel to J'dena, This time gets a single through covers. 82/3

26.4 S Patel to J'dena, Short and Jayawardena cuts it straight to point. 81/3

26.3 S Patel to J'dena, Stays back on his crease to defend it. 81/3

26.2 S Patel to J'dena, Pushes it towards cover. 81/3

26.1 S Patel to M J'dena, Flatter and driven down towards mid off. 81/3

25.6 S Randiv to Cook, Goes back in his crease to defend. 62/0

25.5 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/0

25.4 S Randiv to Cook, Full again, comes forward to defend. 62/0

25.3 S Randiv to Cook, Another forward defense. 62/0

25.2 S Randiv to Cook, Full outside off, solidly defended. 62/0

25.1 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/0

50 stand up!

25.6 G Swann to Samaraweera, FOUR! Short delivery, Samaraweera rocks back in his crease and cuts it back through point. 81/3

25.5 Swann to Samaraweera, Two noises! Off-spinner outside off, Samaraweera stretches forward as the ball spins more in, gets hit high on the pads and it lobs up to short leg. Swann ponders about the review but they do not take it. A good decision it proved in the end. 77/3

25.4 G Swann to Samaraweera, Short and spinning in, played down. 77/3

25.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Short and played to cover-point. 77/3

25.2 G Swann to M J'dena, Driven through mid on for one. 77/3

25.1 G Swann to J'dena, Driven back to the bowler. 76/3

24.6 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 62/0

24.5 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it past mid-wicket for a single. 62/0

24.4 R Herath to Cook, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 61/0

24.3 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, flicked straight to short leg. 61/0

24.2 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 61/0

24.1 R Herath to Cook, FOUR! Short on middle, 77.6 kph, Cook goes back and pulls it past short leg for a boundary! 61/0

24.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Tucked away towards short mid-wicket. 76/3

24.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Arm ball skidding on, Samaraweera gets hit on the pads and it rolls to short leg. 76/3

24.4 S Patel to M J'dena, Fuller on off, driven down to mid off for one. 76/3

24.3 S Patel to J'dena, Hangs back late and opens the face towards short third man. 75/3

24.2 S Patel to J'dena, J'dena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 75/3

24.1 S Patel to J'dena, Flatter at 83.7 kph, driven back to the bowler. 75/3

23.6 S Randiv to Strauss, Short outside off, punched off the back foot straight to point. 57/0

23.5 S Randiv to Strauss, Played to the point region by the batsman. 57/0

23.4 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, 84.9 kph, Strauss defends solidly. 57/0

23.3 S Randiv to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 57/0

23.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Outside off, steered straight to point. 57/0

23.1 S Randiv to Strauss, Full outside off, solidly defended. 57/0

23.6 G Swann to Samaraweera, Flighted outside off, dabbed towards point. 75/3

23.5 G Swann to J'dena, Takes it on the full toss and lap sweeps it down to fine leg for one. 75/3

23.4 G Swann to J'dena, Outside off, run down towards short third man. 74/3

23.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Samaraweera flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 74/3

23.2 G Swann to Samaraweera, Samaraweera pushes it towards cover. 73/3

23.1 G Swann to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 73/3

22.6 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it straight to short leg. 57/0

22.5 R Herath to Strauss, Goes back and punches it off his back foot for a single. 57/0

22.4 R Herath to Strauss, On middle, played straight to mid-wicket. 56/0

22.3 R Herath to Strauss, Tossed up outside off, 81.7 kph, driven beautifully through the covers for a couple. 56/0

22.2 R Herath to Cook, Works it down to fine leg for a single. 54/0

22.1 R Herath to Cook, Flicks it past short leg but it is backed up by mid-wicket. 53/0

22.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Takes half a step forward and drives it to mid off for one. 73/3

22.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 72/3

22.4 S Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 72/3

22.3 S Patel to J'dena, Tucked down to fine leg for a single this time around. 72/3

22.2 S Patel to J'dena, Arm ball down the leg side. Mahela gets hit on the pads. The appeal is mildly asked. 71/3

22.1 S Patel to M J'dena, Short outside off, cut to short third man. 71/3

21.6 S Randiv to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a run. 53/0

21.5 S Randiv to Cook, Goes back and pushes it towards Randiv. 52/0

21.4 S Randiv to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 52/0

21.3 S Randiv to Cook, Beaten! Nicely tossed up outside off, Cook reaches out to defend but the ball spins away and JUST goes past the outside edge! 52/0

21.2 S Randiv to Strauss, Comes forward and drives it wide of mid off for a single. 52/0

21.1 Randiv to Strauss, Another LBW shout, turned down. Full on middle, Strauss looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 51/0

21.6 G Swann to Samaraweera, Thilan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 71/3

21.5 G Swann to J'dena, In the air and safe! Marginally flighted, Jayawardena flicks it aerially past short leg for one. 71/3

21.4 G Swann to J'dena, FOUR! Cheeky. Jayawardena gets way across his off stump and lap sweeps it down to the fine leg fence. No one in the deep and hence it fetches him a boundary. 70/3

21.3 G Swann to Samaraweera, Bunted down through mid on for one. 66/3

21.2 G Swann to Samaraweera, Flicked away straight to short mid-wicket. 65/3

21.1 G Swann to Samaraweera, Loops it at off, Samaraweera stretches ahead to defend it. 65/3

20.6 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 51/0

20.5 R Herath to Cook, Oohhh...pushes this in the air back to the bowler and it lands just short! 51/0

20.4 R Herath to Cook, Works it down the leg side for a couple. 50-STAND UP! The best opening stand for England the whole winter! 51/0

20.3 R Herath to Cook, Pushes it back to the bowler. 49/0

20.2 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, flicked straight to short leg. 49/0

20.1 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 49/0

Strauss is back on the field.

Double change. Spin from both the ends. Graeme Swann to bowl now. Not much time to go before lunch.

20.6 S Patel to Samaraweera, Tucked down the leg side for one. 65/3

20.5 S Patel to Samaraweera, Stays on his crease and defends it. 64/3

20.4 S Patel to M J'dena, Short and kept down to fine leg for one. 64/3

20.3 S Patel to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 63/3

20.2 S Patel to J'dena, Charges down the track and hits it to mid on. 63/3

20.1 S Patel to J'dena, On middle, tucked on the leg side. 63/3

DRINKS BREAK.

Some fun scenes in the crowd. A few English supporters in the crowd are shouting, "Barmy Army!" Seeing this, a frustrated Sri Lankan fan shouts, "SRI LANKA!" every time the camera pans on them....

19.6 S Randiv to Cook, Drives this sweetly through the covers for a single. 49/0

19.5 S Randiv to Cook, Comes forward and defends again. 48/0

19.4 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 48/0

19.3 S Randiv to A Cook, Full outside off, 85.1 kph, driven towards cover where the fielder does well. 48/0

19.2 S Randiv to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 48/0

19.1 S Randiv to Cook, Full on middle, solidly defended. 48/0

Samit Patel to bowl for the first time.

19.6 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Another short delivery banged in, Thilan has no qualms in sitting under it. 63/3

Ravi Bopara is on the field for Andrew Strauss.

19.5 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 63/3

19.4 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Short of a length delivery, Samaraweera gets up on his toes to defend it. 63/3

19.3 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Stays back on his crease to defend. 63/3

19.2 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shoulders arms to let that one through. 63/3

19.1 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Length outside off, left alone. 63/3

Suraj Randiv into the attack now. England trail by 227 runs with all wickets intact.

18.6 R Herath to Cook, Pushes it to cover for a single. 48/0

18.5 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 47/0

18.4 R Herath to Cook, Goes back and defends. 47/0

18.3 R Herath to Cook, Quicker on middle, Cook defends. "OH HO HOYE!" shouts the keeper. 47/0

18.2 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, 78.6 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 47/0

18.1 R Herath to A Strauss, EDGED BUT SHORT! There's that delivery, tossed up outside off, 81.8 kph, Strauss pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to Mahela at first slip. 46/0

18.6 S Finn to J'dena, Short of length, Jayawardena stands tall to knuckle it into the ground towards short cover. 63/3

18.5 S Finn to J'dena, Fuller and driven towards mid off. 63/3

18.4 S Finn to J'dena, Full in-swinging yorker at 139.5 kph on off, Jayawardena manages to negate it away on the leg side. 63/3

18.3 S Finn to J'dena, Another back of a length delivery, Jayawardena pats it down. 63/3

18.2 S Finn to J'dena, Short of a length, Jayawardena gets it away towards point. 63/3

18.1 S Finn to J'dena, Fuller length delivery, played towards point. 63/3

"Fine start by England...but as we've seen from their recent performances, going ahead "Kuchch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai"!" tweets Ayaz Memon. The last phrase means that "Anything can happen!"

17.6 T Dilshan to Cook, Full and outside off, closer to the stumps, well defended again. 46/0

17.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Similar delivery, slightly wider outside off, Cook lunges out to defend. 46/0

17.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Fuller, 86 kph, draws Cook forward who defends it back. 46/0

17.3 T Dilshan to Cook, The arm ball again, pushed towards cover. 46/0

17.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Just a little bit quicker on middle, 90.8 kph, Cook defends it towards short mid-wicket. 46/0

17.1 T Dilshan to Strauss, Short outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 46/0

17.6 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shoulders arms to let that one through to end the over. 63/3

17.5 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Samaraweera flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 63/3

17.4 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, On the full mark, Thilan falls over his flick shot a bit and gets his inside part of the blade to make contact through square leg for one. 62/3

17.3 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Short and wide outside off, J'dena cuts it towards third man but the point fielder gets across to save runs. One run. 61/3

17.2 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fuller in length, driven down towards mid off. 60/3

17.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Mahela chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 60/3

16.6 R Herath to Cook, Goes back and defends again. 45/0

16.5 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 45/0

16.4 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, 81.6 kph, Strauss just plonks his bat and gets a thick outside edge past slip to third man for a single. 45/0

16.3 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 44/0

16.2 R Herath to Strauss, Tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a couple. 44/0

16.1 R Herath to Cook, Full outside off, 80.2 kph, Cook reaches out and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 42/0

16.6 S Finn to Samaraweera, This time covers the line and defends it to end the over. 60/3

16.5 S Finn to Samaraweera, A superb delivery, length delivery outside off for 139.2 kph, Samaraweera is beaten for pace and bounce as it shaves past his poking blade. 60/3

16.4 S Finn to J'dena, On the pads, tucked down to fine leg for one. 60/3

16.3 S Finn to J'dena, Stump-to-stump lines, J'dena defends it down. 59/3

16.2 S Finn to Samaraweera, Angles it on middle and leg, tucked down off the pads for one on the leg side. 59/3

16.1 S Finn to Samaraweera, Fuller length delivery, Samaraweera gets an inside edge onto his pads. 58/3

15.6 T Dilshan to Strauss, Another forward defense. 41/0

15.5 T Dilshan to Strauss, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 41/0

15.4 T Dilshan to Strauss, Flicks it straight to short leg. 41/0

15.3 T Dilshan to Strauss, Full on middle, nicely defended. 41/0

15.2 T Dilshan to Strauss, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 41/0

15.1 T Dilshan to Strauss, Outside off, played to point. 41/0

15.6 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Another leave outside the off stump to end the over. 58/3

15.5 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Wide outside off at 135.1 kph, Jayawardena leaves it alone. 58/3

15.4 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Good length delivery on the stumps, Mahela knuckles it into the ground. 58/3

15.3 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Mahela chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 58/3

15.2 Tim Bresnan to M J'dena, FOUR! Just a touch risky from Jayawardena. A very wide and full delivery outside off at 136.4 kph, Jayawardena still reaches out for it and keeps his drive in control to send it away to the cover fence. 58/3

15.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Fuller length just on off, J'dena blocks it well enough. 54/3

14.6 R Herath to Cook, Ooohhh...did that carry? Ohhh..no bat, okay. Full on middle, Cook looks to work it away but misses and the ball goes off his pads which does not carry to short leg. 41/0

14.5 R Herath to Cook, Full on middle, comes forward to defend. 41/0

14.4 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 41/0

14.3 R Herath to Strauss, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 41/0

14.2 Herath to Strauss, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Pitched outside off, Strauss comes half forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Impact looked to be outside off. Prasanna Jayawardene coaxes Mahela to go for the review but the skipper shakes his head. Hawk Eye confirms the impact to be outside. 40/0

14.1 R Herath to Strauss, FOUR! Streaky! Landed outside off, Strauss goes hard at it and gets a thick outside edge past first slip to third man! 40/0

14.6 S Finn to Samaraweera, Outside off, left alone to end the over. 54/3

14.5 S Finn to Samaraweera, On the pads at 141.2 kph, clipped away behind square on the leg side for two. 54/3

14.4 S Finn to J'dena, Again an outside edge did not carry. Good length outside off at 139.1 kph, Jayawardena pushes at it and gets an outside edge to roll away to third man for one. 52/3

14.3 S Finn to J'dena, Stamps out on his front foot and defends it. 51/3

14.2 S Finn to J'dena, Well outside off, J'dena leaves it alone. 51/3

14.1 S Finn to J'dena, Full ball just outside off at 135.1 kph, played back towards the bowler. 51/3

13.6 T Dilshan to Strauss, Pushes this through the covers for a run. 36/0

13.5 T Dilshan to Cook, Whips it through mid-wicket for a single. 35/0

13.4 T Dilshan to Cook, Comes forward and drives it straight to mid off. 34/0

13.3 T Dilshan to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 34/0

13.2 T Dilshan to Cook, Short outside off, Cook stands tall and keeps it out. 34/0

13.1 T Dilshan to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 34/0

Steven Finn is back on.

Michael Vaughan tweets, "Please put extra cover and mid wicket on the drive England... You have to have more men catching."

13.6 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, On middle, tucked away on the leg side. 51/3

13.5 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Fuller length, driven towards cover. 51/3

13.4 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Short stuff now. Samaraweera has no trouble in ducking. 51/3

13.3 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Stays back and defends. 51/3

13.2 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Well outside off, but seams back in just a hint, Samaraweera covers the line and leaves it. 51/3

13.1 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Straighter lines, tucked down to fine leg for a single. 51/3

Dilshan into the attack...

12.6 R Herath to Cook, Slogs it over mid-wicket for a single. 34/0

12.5 R Herath to Cook, Comes forward and dead-bats it. 33/0

12.4 R Herath to Cook, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket again. 33/0

12.3 R Herath to Cook, On middle, played straight to short mid-wicket. 33/0

12.2 R Herath to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 33/0

12.1 R Herath to Cook, DROPPED! Or is it? Not quite. Full on middle, 82.2 kph, Cook goes back to work it to the leg side and hits it towards short leg. Thirimanne looks to pick it up but the ball bounces JUST in front. 33/0

12.6 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Fullish outside off, driven back to Anderson to end another superb over from him. 50/3

12.5 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Real gem of a delivery this. Very similar to the second one. Length delivery outside off, seams away to leave Samaraweera gasping for some breath to see it whizzing past his outside edge. 50/3

12.4 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 50/3

12.3 J Anderson to J'dena, Short of a length, J'dena squirts it away towards point for a single. 50/3

12.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Another teaser. On the good length area, just about moves away as Jayawardena fails to get bat on that. Anderson is really taking his bowling to better levels now. 49/3

12.1 J Anderson to Samaraweera, Short of a length delivery on the body, Samaraweera gets on top and keeps it down towards square leg for one. 49/3

11.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 132.8 kph, left alone. 33/0

11.5 D Prasad to Cook, On middle, 132.4 kph, flicked behind square leg for a single. 33/0

11.4 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 32/0

11.3 D Prasad to Cook, Short again, this time Cook goes the other side! Punches it through the covers for two more. 32/0

11.2 D Prasad to Cook, Oh...that's well played. Short delivery on middle, 131.1 kph, Cook swivels and pulls it nicely through square leg for a couple. 30/0

11.1 D Prasad to Strauss, Works it through mid-wicket for a single. 28/0

Drinks break.

11.6 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Short delivery, Mahela ducks under it to end the over. 48/3

11.5 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 48/3

11.4 Tim Bresnan to J'dena, Mahela lets the ball go outside his off stump. 48/3

11.3 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Samaraweera flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 48/3

11.2 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Down the leg side, Samaraweera misses out on his flick. 47/3

11.1 Tim Bresnan to Samaraweera, Angles it fuller on off, tucked away past mid-wicket for a couple. 47/3

10.6 R Herath to Strauss, Ooohhh...goes back to flick it away but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads past short leg for a single. 27/0

10.5 R Herath to Strauss, Ridiculous appeal for LBW,turned down. Landed well outside off, 77.7 kph, Strauss gets well forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. 26/0

10.4 R Herath to Strauss, Full outside off, solidly defended. 26/0

10.3 R Herath to Strauss, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 26/0

10.2 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, flicked straight to square leg. 26/0

10.1 R Herath to Strauss, Landed outside off, Strauss goes back to defend. 26/0

Tim Bresnan is the first change this morning. His first chance in this series to bowl.

10.6 J Anderson to J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 45/3

10.5 J Anderson to J'dena, FOUR! That outside edge may have been intentionally caused by Jayawardena there. Fuller length, 136.1 kph, Jayawardena keeps his bat down, but the ball squirts off the outside part and ambles away to the third man fence past gully. It was played with soft hands and hence did not carry to the fielder. 45/3

10.4 J Anderson to J'dena, Length outside off, left alone. 41/3

10.3 J Anderson to J'dena, FOUR! A much confident stroke. Short outside off at 132.7 kph, J'dena cuts it past backward point this time. 41/3

10.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Outside off, played towards point. 37/3

10.1 J Anderson to J'dena, Good length delivery, solidly blocked by J'dena. 37/3

9.6 D Prasad to Cook, Full outside off, 134.1 kph, pushed straight to cover. 26/0

9.5 D Prasad to Cook, Yorker outside off, 131.9 kph, dug out to mid off. 26/0

9.4 D Prasad to Cook, Goes back and defends it back to the bowler. 26/0

9.3 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 26/0

9.2 D Prasad to Cook, Full on middle, 132.2 kph, solidly defended. 26/0

9.1 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 26/0

9.6 S Finn to Samaraweera, FOUR! Just past Prior! On the pads, 143 kph, Samaraweera looks to flick it down the leg side, it goes much finer than he would have liked and it goes past the reach of Prior, who was diving to his left but could not get to it. The ball runs down to the fine leg fence. 37/3

Forward short leg , three slips, a gully in now. An all out attack to trap the batsman here.

9.5 S Finn to J'dena, On the pads, tucked down to fine leg for one. 33/3

9.4 S Finn to M J'dena, Oh, that's a monster! A nasty short delivery, darts back in and Jayawardena looks to fend it away, it seems to go off his glove and just misses the off stump. 32/3

9.3 S Finn to J'dena, Mahela has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 32/3

9.2 S Finn to J'dena, Length delivery outside off, Mahela gets an outside edge which runs away to third man for a couple. 32/3

Michael Vaughan tweets, "England have to be batting today .. Jimmy Anderson is sheer class.. Pitch already crumbling??? I hope you all layed the draw??"

9.1 S Finn to J'dena, J'dena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 30/3

8.6 R Herath to Cook, Slightly short outside off, Cook goes back and works it towards deep mid-wicket for a run. Cook likes to slog sweep but he will like to see three men in the deep on the leg side so early in the innings. 26/0

8.5 R Herath to Cook, This time he counters the spin properly and pushes it to short mid-wicket. 25/0

8.4 R Herath to Cook, Aha...the quicker delivery on middle, Cook looks to defend but gets a leading edge which goes to point. 25/0

8.3 R Herath to Cook, Flighted, outside off again, Cook reaches out to block again. 25/0

8.2 R Herath to Cook, Outside off, Cook lunges out to defend. 25/0

8.1 R Herath to Strauss, Full on middle, 78 kph, Strauss goes back and tucks it past Thirimanne at short leg for a single. 25/0

Thilan Samaraweera is the new man in at number 5.

8.6 Anderson to Thirimanne, OUT! He is gone now! Good length delivery, pitches on the stumps. Thirimanne misjudges the line of the ball and it seams back in. Lahiru offers no stroke to it, the ball tails back sharply to hit him on the pads. Anderson's appeal is immediately approved by the umpire. Thirimanne takes the review. The replays show it was pitching in line and hitting the stumps. Thirimanne has to go now. 30/3

Thirimanne is given OUT!, LBW! He has reviewed it.

8.5 J Anderson to Thirimanne, Tucked to mid-wicket. Dot ball. 30/2

8.4 J Anderson to Thirimanne, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 30/2

8.3 J Anderson to Thirimanne, Probably the first rising delivery of the day, Thirimanne leaves it alone. 30/2

8.2 J Anderson to Thirimanne, Good length outside off at 134.1 kph, Thirimanne leaves it alone. 30/2

8.1 J Anderson to Thirimanne, On the fuller length, Thirimanne defends it down. 30/2

Rangana Herath into the attack. England trail by 251 runs with all wickets intact.

7.6 D Prasad to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 24/0

7.5 D Prasad to Cook, Oohhh...full outside off, 134.8 kph, Cook drives it straight back. Prasad gets a hand to it and deflects it past the stumps at the non-striker's end as Strauss dives in. The non-strikers need to be careful as now-a-days, plenty of batsmen are getting run out in this fashion. Latest example, Thilan Samaraweera at Galle. 24/0

7.4 D Prasad to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 24/0

7.3 D Prasad to Cook, Three in a row, left alone outside off. 24/0

7.2 D Prasad to Cook, Wider outside off, 134.7 kph, easier to leave this one. 24/0

7.1 D Prasad to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, 130.4 kph, left alone and it is not far from the off stick. 24/0

7.6 S Finn to J'dena, Inside edge saves Jayawardena! A good length delivery at 142.7 kph, nips back in very sharply and Jayawardena is rooted on his back foot trying to defend it. He gets an inside edge onto his pads and that negates a very close LBW call. 30/2

7.5 S Finn to J'dena, Mahela has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 30/2

7.4 S Finn to M J'dena, FOUR! A very good shot from the maestro. Fullish length delivery on and around off, Jayawardena drives it past mid off to fetch one more boundary to his name. 30/2

7.3 S Finn to J'dena, Fullish length once again, J'dena defends it down towards mid on. 26/2

7.2 S Finn to J'dena, Bowls it on a length, J'dena sits back and defends. 26/2

7.1 S Finn to Thirimanne, Good length delivery, Thirimanne gets an inside edge down to short fine leg for one. 26/2

6.6 S Lakmal to Strauss, Dabs it past gully and comes back for the second. 24/0

6.5 S Lakmal to Strauss, Landed outside off, 132.8 kph, left alone. 22/0

6.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 22/0

Comes around the wicket to Strauss.

6.3 S Lakmal to A Cook, Full on middle, 134.1 kph, driven towards mid on for a single. 22/0

6.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Left alone again. Outside off, the ball was. 21/0

6.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, left alone. 21/0

6.6 J Anderson to J'dena, A solid back foot defense to end the over. 25/2

6.5 J Anderson to J'dena, J'dena has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 25/2

6.4 J Anderson to J'dena, Fuller length delivery on and around off, Jayawardena drives it down to silly mid on, where Pietersen is stationed very interestingly by Strauss. 25/2

6.3 J Anderson to J'dena, Length outside off, J'dena allows it through. 25/2

6.2 J Anderson to J'dena, Good length delivery on and around off, Mahela defends. 25/2

6.1 J Anderson to J'dena, FOUR! Hat-trick averted! Angles it on the pads at 135.8 kph, J'dena trickles it down to the fine leg for his first runs. 25/2

A bit of hammering being done near the footholes. Mahela getting his right hand taped after a bit of injury while trying to pull a ball back.

5.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Outside off again, left alone. 21/0

5.5 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 21/0

5.4 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 134.3 kph, pushed straight to cover. 21/0

5.3 D Prasad to Strauss, Good length delivery on middle, 133.6 kph, Strauss looks to work it to the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 21/0

5.2 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 21/0

5.1 D Prasad to Strauss, FOUR! Fine shot. Full outside off, 130.4 kph, Strauss comes forward and drives it straight down the ground past the bowler! 21/0

Anderson is on a hat-trick. But the ball is a bit out of shape, the stitching seems to have come off a bit and they have changed the ball.

5.6 S Finn to L Thirimanne, Fuller length delivery, Thirimanne blocks it towards mid on to end the over. 21/2

5.5 S Finn to Thirimanne, On the pads, turned towards mid-wicket. 21/2

5.4 S Finn to Thirimanne, Lahiru shoulders arms to let that one through. 21/2

5.3 S Finn to Thirimanne, Length delivery, Thirimanne stays put and defends. 21/2

5.2 S Finn to Thirimanne, Just outside off at 141.5 kph, Thirimanne pushes it to cover. 21/2

5.1 S Finn to Thirimanne, Good length outside off, Thirimanne allows it through. 21/2

Dammika Prasad to continue as well....

4.6 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 17/0

4.5 S Lakmal to Cook, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 17/0

4.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Outside off, 134 kph, played straight to point. 17/0

4.3 S Lakmal to A Cook, FOUR! Fine shot. Full on middle, Cook comes forward and flicks it through mid on. Herath chases it down and slides into the ropes along with the ball. 17/0

4.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Landed outside off, 133 kph, steered behind point for a couple. 13/0

4.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Good length delivery outside off, Cook defends it back to the bowler. 11/0

Mahela Jayawardena is the new man in at number 4.

4.6 J Anderson to Sangakkara, OUT! Two in two! Anderson on a roll now. Sangakkara has once again departed on his first ball, just like the first innings of the first Test even as Strauss JUST manages to hold on to the catch. Good length on off, 134.3 kph, Sangakkara pokes at it and gets an outside edge. Strauss at first slip gets a hand to it, it pops up and he takes it with his left hand in the second attempt. Two golden ducks for Kumar Sangakkara in this series, so far. 21/2

Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in at number 3.

4.5 J Anderson to Dilshan, OUT! He is gone caught behind! Just a fractionally short of a length delivery at 136.9 kph, moves away, Dilshan sticks his bat and it only manages to fetch an outside edge which falls low and Prior does extremely well to get to his right and takes it just off the turf. Anderson has been excellent with the new ball, inspite of the boundaries. 21/1

4.4 J Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR! And back to back boundaries through the same region. Once again an inviting fuller length delivery outside off at 135.6 kph, Dilshan stamps out on his front foot and sends it racing away to the cover fence. 21/0

4.3 J Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR! Clobbered that. Fullish length outside off at 134.4 kph, Dilshan creams it away through covers. 17/0

4.2 J Anderson to Dilshan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 13/0

4.1 J Anderson to Dilshan, Fuller length just outside off, Dilshan comes forward and gets an inside edge onto his pads. Anderson's appeal is not considered. 13/0

Lakmal to continue after Lunch.

We are all set for the afternoon session on Day 2 at the P Sara Oval for the second Test between Sri Lanka and England. It was a good morning session for the visitors and they will look to press the advantage further.

DAY 2, SESSION 2.....

That ends a terrific morning session for England. First, they restricted Sri Lanka to just 37 runs from their overnight score, picking up 4 wickets and then batted out a nervy 4 overs before Lunch. No dramas in the pitch as yet, but the real test will come when the spinners come on. Join us back at 0710 GMT (1240 IST) for the second session.

3.6 D Prasad to Strauss, A bouncer to end the session, Strauss ducks. LUNCH ON DAY 2! 11/0

3.5 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 135.6 kph, left alone again. 11/0

3.4 D Prasad to Strauss, Similar delivery, 133 kph, this time Strauss lets it go. 11/0

3.3 D Prasad to Strauss, Oohhh...well well well, a moment of fortune for the England captain! Good length delivery just outside off, 136.3 kph, Strauss goes for the cut but the ball is too close to his body and goes off the inside edge past the stumps! 11/0

3.2 D Prasad to Strauss, Wider outside off, 131.2 kph, left alone again. 11/0

3.1 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, swinging away, 134.7 kph, Strauss lets it go and Prasanna Jayawardene dives full length to his left to stop the ball. 11/0

3.6 S Finn to Thirimanne, FOUR! On the full mark on and around off at 141.8 kph, Thirimanne gets into position early and straight drives to send it ambling past mid off. 13/0

3.5 S Finn to Thirimanne, Length delivery speared in, Thirimanne plays it away to point. 9/0

3.4 S Finn to Thirimanne, Thirimanne lets the ball go outside his off stump. 9/0

3.3 S Finn to Thirimanne, Fuller length on middle, Thirimanne drives it straight to mid off. 9/0

Ayaz Memon tweets, "Andrew Strauss better watch it- if he loses Test starting today too not only wud England lose no.1 ranking he cud lose his place in team too."

3.2 S Finn to Thirimanne, Wide outside off at 140.6 kph, left alone by Thirimanne. 9/0

3.1 S Finn to Thirimanne, Fuller length, Thirimanne defends. 9/0

Sri Lanka manage to sneak in one more over before Lunch.

2.6 S Lakmal to Cook, FOUR! Nice shot. Full and on the pads, 131 kph, Cook flicks it with finesse through mid-wicket for a boundary. 11/0

2.5 S Lakmal to Cook, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 7/0

2.4 S Lakmal to Cook, Full and straight, defended with caution. 7/0

2.3 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, 134.1 kph, pushed straight to cover. 7/0

Comes around the wicket.

CRICKET STAT - Graeme Swann picked up 4 wickets in the first innings. Of his 176 wickets in Test matches, 91 have been in the first innings.

2.2 S Lakmal to Cook, Action replay of the previous delivery. 7/0

2.1 S Lakmal to Cook, Full outside off, 132.7 kph, left alone. 7/0

2.6 J Anderson to Dilshan, Rash from Dilshan. Swings at a length delivery outside off and his bottom hand gives away after the ball misses the outside edge. 9/0

2.5 J Anderson to Dilshan, Way too wide outside off for Dilshan to make any contact. 9/0

2.4 J Anderson to Dilshan, Short outside off and cut straight to the fielder. 9/0

2.3 J Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR! First boundary. A fuller length delivery on and around off, Dilshan drills it into the ground, it has enough pace to carry over Anderson and rolls past mid off to the fence. 9/0

2.2 J Anderson to Dilshan, Similar delivery, Dilshan flicks it away through mid-wicket for a couple. 5/0

2.1 J Anderson to Dilshan, LBW APPEAL! Anderson hurls it on off, it shapes in as Dilshan falls over on his flick shot, misses and gets hit on the pads, Anderson appeals but the umpire does not reckon it's out. MIGHTY CLOSE, because replays show it would have been just hitting leg stump, umpire's call it is. Strauss was thinking about the review but it turns out to be a good decision not to take it. 3/0

1.6 D Prasad to Strauss, Full outside off, 134 kph, watchfully left alone. 7/0

1.5 D Prasad to Strauss, Good length delivery outside off, 136.1 kph, defended towards cover. 7/0

1.4 D Prasad to Strauss, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 7/0

1.3 D Prasad to A Cook, Edged but safe! Full outside off, 133.5 kph, Cook pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge which lands short of the fielder at first slip. He fails to stop it cleanly and the ball bursts through his left palm to third man. Three runs taken. 7/0

1.2 D Prasad to Cook, Excellent yorker on middle, 131.3 kph, Cook digs it out. 4/0

1.1 D Prasad to Cook, Full outside off, 133.5 kph, pushed straight to cover. 4/0

1.6 S Finn to Thirimanne, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 3/0

1.5 S Finn to L Thirimanne, Outside edge, falls short! Length outside off, Thirimanne forces his bat at it and gets an outside edge, it falls short of the second slip fielder. 3/0

1.4 S Finn to Thirimanne, Fuller length at 138 kph, comes back in a hint, Thirimanne stays back to defend. 3/0

1.3 S Finn to Thirimanne, Length outside off, angling away, Lahiru does not play at that. 3/0

1.2 S Finn to Thirimanne, On the full area once again, on off, Thirimanne drives it down and Finn gets a hand to it. 3/0

1.1 S Finn to L Thirimanne, Fuller length first up, Thirimanne drives it to mid off, who misfields and they take two in the deep. 3/0

And a bird stops play again. Flies right in between the batsman and the bowler when the latter is about to bowl. Need to check the flight timings.

Dammika Prasad to bowl from the other end. England trail by 271 runs with all wickets in hand.

0.6 S Lakmal to Strauss, Goes wider outside off, 130.9 kph, is left alone. 4/0

0.5 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full and straight, 134.1 kph, defended back to the bowler. 4/0

0.4 S Lakmal to Strauss, Slightly wider outside off, 134.6 kph, left alone. 4/0

0.3 S Lakmal to A Strauss, FOUR! Edged but with some control. Full outside off, 132.8 kph, Strauss comes forward to defend and gets a bit of an outside edge through the slips. However, the replays show that he did open the face of the bat a touch. 4/0

0.2 S Lakmal to Strauss, Landed on length outside off, 135.4 kph, left alone. 0/0

0.1 S Lakmal to Strauss, Full on middle, 135.7 kph, Strauss flicks it straight to one of the two mid-wickets in place. 0/0

Steven Finn to share the attack. Tomorrow is his birthday, says Michael Atherton on air.

0.6 J Anderson to Dilshan, Stump to stump lines, Dilshan makes contact with the outside part of the bat and it runs away to point to end the over. 1/0

0.5 J Anderson to Dilshan, On a good length patch outside off at 136.6 kph, Dilshan lets it go watchfully. 1/0

0.4 J Anderson to Dilshan, Dilshan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 1/0

0.3 J Anderson to Dilshan, Good length delivery outside off, seaming away, Dilshan pokes at it and misses. 1/0

0.2 J Anderson to Dilshan, Angles it on and around off, swinging away. Dilshan watches it carefully and keeps it into the ground. 1/0

0.1 J Anderson to Thirimanne, Down the leg side, tucked away for a single to square leg to start off. 1/0

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