Sri Lanka in England Test Series - 1st Test

England v Sri Lanka

England won by an innings and 14 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Looks like James Anderson will have the first over, Sri Lanka's openers wander out in thick jumpers, clearly not convinced by the Cardiff sun. Why should they be, really. Right, three slips, short leg, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on Paranavitana to face...

Thanks Liam, fantastic spell by you. Rarely has rain been described so dotingly. This has been an epic build up. Last time I was on bbb Sri Lanka thrashed the life out of England. That was in the World Cup. Conditions are a wee bit different here, but it's actually very sunny at the moment. The umpires - Dar and Dockrove - shake hands as they stride out, England bound out like puppies before Strauss barks something inspirational at them in the huddle.

3.20pm "Who'll take the new ball?" wonders Sahil. Broad is out warming up, but it was Tremlett who had it in the Ashes. To answer this and other questions and guide you through the start of play, here is Sahil.

"Give us some cricket!" moans Thomas. "It's 2.15 am in New Zealand and I'm up late writing a university essay...I need something to keep me going!" Does this help? All jokes aside, we should have play in about 10 minutes, which is tremendous news.

3.15pm An update with a twist in the ending, from Miller: "Another dirty cloud overhead, but it doesn't seem to be rain-bearing. Ah, spoke too soon, on goes the hover-cover." But, moments later, this gives us hope: "Blue skies beyond though. There is hope. Only the hover-cover in place for now."

"As to Dilshan Hafeezing, remember that first few overs in the world cup match?" asks Stuart. "Dilshan had Strauss in all kinds of bother."

A stat that has Sahil slightly hot under the collar: this is the first time Tremlett and Broad will be playing in a Test together. They've played in the same England team in three ODIs and a Twenty20. Unfortunately, England won only one of those games. Make of that what you will.

3.05pm "Covers off," writes Miller. "Looking moderately positive for the moment."

"Broad and Swann are as much all rounders as Maharoof and Perrera," points out Mir. "They average 27 and 24 respectively which is pretty decent for bowling all rounders."

"Dilshan Hafeezing in England??" shouts Ozzy, incredulously. "Who would be Devon Smithing?" Well, England do have two left-handed openers...

Bharathram: "@Dhinesh - If I want to have someone bowling at 80 mph in a test match, I would rather have Nuwan Kulasekara than either of Maharoof or Perera. But now, I think Maharoof's past few weeks' experience in England might help the SL bowling attack."

Vipin: "To Hafeezing, wicket does not need to take turn." Touche.

2.50pm We've just heard that start of play has been rescheduled for 3.30pm, with 48 overs to be bowled today, tea to be taken at 4.40pm. Optimistic, perhaps, but there you are.

A slightly reactionary response from Bharathram: "Dilshan Hafeezing in England to open the bowling would mean I can turn the TV off and declare that cricket is no more beautiful to watch."

2.45pm Well, we were meant to have play starting about now, but we're reliably informed by Miller that the covers are still firmly in place. It's not raining at the moment, but there's water on top of the covers that needs to be removed.

Dhinesh defends his five bowlers point: "@ Binoy: I certainly can not agree Maharoof and Perera as all rounders at test match level. May be in limited overs cricket I can agree a bit. They are bowlers who can bat a bit."

James: "@George Binoy, surely 3 allrounders? Dilshan is no mean bowler himself." True. And could we see him Hafeezing it up with the new ball if this wicket does take spin?

"@Dhinesh! He's not playing five bowlers," retorts Cricinfo's own George Binoy. "He's playing three bowlers and two allrounders."

"Good to see Dilshan going with five bowlers," writes Dhinesh. "Don't remember when the last time a visiting captain from subcontinent going with 5 bowlers in a first test of early english summer." I don't remember either, but I do remember that Zimbabwe played Price, Hondo, Friend, Streak and Blignaut at Lord's in May 2003. Didn't work out too well for the visitors, that match.

Amusing stuff from James, an Englishman in Australia: "Rain has delayed play at Cardiff.....Sky about to show clips of the 2009 Ashes series. Fox Sports having none of this and quickly cut off the live feed to show Gladstone Small bowling a wide in a 1987 one-dayer. Hilarious."

"They did not show the toss live here in India," writes Sundar. "Did the toss guy (Paul Allott or Nasser Hussain??) scream "Are you readyyyy!! Its toss time Cardifffff" a la Surround sound Shastri?" The horror, the horror. No.

2.20pm Bah! And now it is raining again, really rather hard, and the covers are back on. While we wait, again, here are the teams:

Sri Lanka 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 2 Tharanga Paranavitana, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 7 Farveez Maharoof, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 James Anderson

2.15pm Tillakaratne Dilshan calls heads, heads it is, Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat. Dilshan confirms Dilhara Fernando won't be playing, but Maharoof and Herath will, and Thisara Perera will debut. Two spinners will be played as Mendis is also included. "I changed my mind because it looked a good wicket to bat on, and it might turn," says Dilshan, explaining the decision to play two slow bowlers.

"Not a bad toss to lose by any means," says Strauss, who is also hoping for a few early wickets. "Tremlett, Anderson and Broad are a good combination for us, we'll look to exploit any moisture in the wicket."

2.05pm The sun is popping out from behind the clouds, the teams are warming up, and it looks very much like we may have play in the not too distant future. We've just had a look at the pitch too. It's looks slightly dry and straw-coloured, but as Athers points out in these blustery, cloudy conditions there could be something for the bowlers. Not a bad toss to lose then.

1.55pm "I can see the pitch!" tweets Miller. "It looks green though that's probably just fungus. A few mushrooms on a good length will liven things up nicely."

1.42pm Miller has just forwarded the info that the toss is scheduled for 2.15pm, with a start at 2.45pm and tea at 4.10pm. That's all provisional, of course, as there's still plenty of rain around.

1.40pm Encouraging signs! Covers are coming off. More updates as soon as we get them ... And, as I write that, I hear that the covers are going back on again!

1.35pm. Sorry, still no major updates other than our attempt now to get Nasser Hussain to join Twitter. It's what the world needs. Retweet this @espncricinfo and let's get #getnasserontwitter trending.

1.10pm Still nothing of any significance to tell you. It's raining in Cardiff. Elsewhere, it's been confirmed that night will follow day.

12.45pm Just to confirm, the toss is delayed again. Siddarth is right though, it is clearing up and the mopping process has begun. Updates here will quieten down but any dramatic mopping news will of course be reported instantly.

12.40pm Siddarth Ravindran, our man in Cardiff, is a cheerful sort. Maybe he's watching the highlights and getting confused but if not, this is good news. "I don't know how often we want to do these updates, but the rain has stopped, there is bright sunshine and a big patch of blue sky over the stadium right now." Equally Miller has just Tweeted "Raining again. Meh." So make of that what you will.

12.30pm Bah it's raining again. Hopes of a toss at 12.45 washed away I reckon. If any news comes my way I'll let you. In the meantime, has anyone seen Fire in Babylon? What did you think? Liam spoke to Michael Holding about it.

12.20pm Not wanting to be pessimistic or anything, but there are a few spots of rain about still, so maybe don't hold your breath for that 12.45 toss.

"Let Sahil take a nap," suggests Tushar. I completely agree. "Don't know, we might have a new dream to discuss, maybe Monty opened batting with Straussy!" That would be sensible in my view, Monty is batting rather well for Sussex this season, averaging almost 16 in Division One.

12.15pm NEWS from Miller: Toss 12.45pm for a start at 1.15pm. Huzzah! That's of course assuming the rain stays away. So cross your toes, or something.

This, from Nick, is amusing: "Why is it that Dimitri Mascarenhas has never been chosen for Tests matches? He has got great stats: averages 28.27 at 2.70 runs per over in 181 first class matches. And he hit 8 hundreds and 22 fifties! He also has excellent List A stats... He would have been a good allrounder... no?" You answered your own question, Nick.

"Looks like this is a cricinfo record for the longest pre-match coverage with user comments. Would like to know some stats to verify this." Would you Sushant? Honestly?

12.10pm Thanks Liam, afternoon all. Nothing like the start of the Welsh Test summer eh? Sky have taken to showing highlights of Cardiff 2009. Wonder who would do the Collingwood role in this England side?

Anyway, we seem to attract this type: "A meaningless statistic: of the 17 players in the Sri Lankan squad, eleven are known by a name corresponding to an initial closer to last than first, three by one closer to first than last, and three by the name from the middle initial (counting S by itself as a middle initial, of course)." Great work there from DirkL.

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12.00pm Right, lunch has officially started, and if the rain holds off we could well have play in 40 minutes. In the meantime, I'm going to hand over to Sahil Dutta for his first comms stint of the summer.

It seems our initial Hong Kong weather debate was inaccurate: "Whoever just said that it is a lovely sunny evening in Hong Kong needs his eyes tested, it's been gloomy over the harbour all afternoon and now it's getting dark. Hope we get some cricket soon my Pimms is getting warm!" You poor thing, Stuart Bailey.

James has this to add to the weighty and serious arena of the surnames debate: "What about the Ambrose brothers, Curtly and Tim?"

"Just enter the G.Thorpe competition and rememebr that test oh so well," Cameron tells us. "Lou Vincent dropped Graham Thorpe on 4 before he went on to post 200*, the test however was more famous for Nathan Astle blasting 222 from 168 balls with 28x4s and 11x6s. What a waste my brain has become." Cricket stats are NEVER a waste.

Dave: "Pedantry is a key hobby of mine. And thus:- India (5 letters) Sri Lanka (8 letters), Australia (9 letters) West Indies (10 letters), Bangladesh (10 letters) Need I go on?" No.

"Tim don't be rdiculous!" shouts Gareth. "Steve Smith's brother is South African and just gave up the captaincy."

samedwards: "@Swarthy Welshman &@tim,,what about brendan taylor's brothers- ross & jerome?" Not forgetting their sister Claire.

"Everything I know about cricket is crashing down around my ears!" wails Swarthy Welshman. "Are you telling me Johan Botha is not, in fact, Ian Botham's son?"

Smudgeon: "@Ruchith - Balaji Rao, of course! Tendo came in third." Rao's slip catch between the thighs was a classic.

"Liam Buddy... we're talking about Test keeper.... doesn't that mean that Taibu has to be playing test in the first place to qualify for this discussion?" writes B. Taibu's played Tests! And will do again in a few months time.

"All of the chit chat about who and who shouldn't be playing for Sri Lanka," writes Miles. "Oh dear guys. If the weather keeps it current form up we won't get a chance to see any of them play. Lovely sunny evening in Hong Kong by the way!"

This, from Dr. Avinash, I'm going to take as a compliment: "You are in such a form today Liam; you nut, you could actually open for England today. Why not explore the possibility..." I was middling my mirror-drives before work this morning.

"Thanks for clearing that up Liam," writes Nuwan. "Team announcements delayed with the start of play too then?" Until the toss, yes.

"Clearly, everyone is ignoring the Freudian aspect of Sahil's dream," writes the aptly named Dr. Freud. "69-27 equals to 42, which, obviously, is the product of the two numbers of Tremlett's height i.e. 6 times 7. Penesar, actually had a Freudian slip, about circular objects. Of course, that's too threatening for Sahil, so he saw it as a cricketing 'slip catch.' Other dreams that you guys want me to analyse?"

"@Smudgeon whats the 1st awesomest thing about the WC?" asks Ruchith.

Tim gets his claws out: "@Swarthy Welshman, have you also noticed that Devon Smith's brother Steve is actually white and an Australian. I've always thought that was weird."

Nuwan: "behind Taibu? Liam, do you really not agree that Prasanna is one of the best?" One of the best, to be sure. Behind Taibu.

Gareth would like Sri Lanka to give youth a chance: "@Nuwan. Yeah, he's streaks ahead of Dhoni and Haddin... But let's also look at age. Lanka's top four batsmen are well into their 30s, they need to give their youngsters a go."

Smudgeon: "Actually, another W: Withdrawal. Any chance Cricinfo will bring back the sublime Chatterbox feature, second awesomest thing about the World Cup?" Let's hope so, it was just as much fun moderating chatterbox as it was for all of you taking part. I had a fabulous time.

11.30am We've just heard from Andrew Miller, who is at a very rainy Sophia Gardens, and can tell you that the players will take an early lunch from 12.00pm to 12.40pm, while tea will be taken at 3.40pm. It's bucketing down again.

Nuwan: "@James Prasanna is probably the best keeper in the world, if not, the best, he's definitely up there." Just behind Tatenda Taibu, right?

"I'm loving the debate about Chandimal's exclusion," writes Swarthy Welshman. "Has anyone noticed that the current incumbent is, um, Mahela Jayawardena's brother. Could, ahem, have something to so with it?!" I must inform you that they are, in fact, not related!

Riyas: "Has to be Herath becasue of the Pieterson vs left arm spin factor." Good point, I'd wager that they'll have the left-arm spinner on the moment KP walks to the wicket.

Ruwan: "Randiv or Herath? I think the real issue is how well Mendis will do...if he can strangle the English batsmen and grab 3-4 wickets then Herath or Randiv will only need to play second fiddle...neither of them are world class...how we miss Murali!"

Sulaimaan writes in, from China apparently: "Herath should be preferred over Randiv. He has the experince of having played county cricket in England plus four of the England middle order are right handed."

11.20am A break in the rain! And all four umpires immediately march out to the middle to have a gander. As soon as we hear what's going on, we'll let you know. By the way, to answer a question that a few of you have asked: yes, the DRS will be in use in this series.

11.15am Andrew Miller with an update from the ground: "Inspection delayed until the rain stops. Funnily enough."

"Mendis could be a handful in England as english batsmen have not yet unraveled his mystery." Four wickets at 71.25 against county batsmen suggests otherwise, Vajira.

James is indignant: "I can't contemplate how Prasanna Jayawardene can warrant a spot in the XI of a team fielding 6 batsman when his average in both First-Class and Tests is 30. Especially when you have Sanga (no longer skipper, could keep again?), Chandimal (avg. 61 in First-Class) and even Kaushal Silva (who also averages 47 in First-Class) all in the same squad."

"Two more W's: Weird-lookin' chicks and the Wrong Trousers...?" Good to hear from you, Smudgeon.

"I'm afraid," writes Gareth. "I'm scared the Sri Lankan selectors will persist with Prasanna Jaywardene insist giving Dinesh Chandimal. The highest First Class average of any Sri Lankan, and a talented keeper. Give him a go!"

budhajeewa: "@Nuwan: Randiv, probably, he was good with the bat too, against England Lions team."

Sujan: "@ nuwan , I say both along with Welagedara, Perera n Maharoof. Since Dilhara is injured it might be a good option coz i heard Cardiff wicket might help spinners."

"BBQ in Butes park and Welsh sunny noon would have been an ideal scenario for start the English summer tour from Sophia Garden..." writes Swami. "Well as usual one of the 3 Ws of UK let us down...Weather..." What are the other two?

11.03am Mahela Jayawardene will be vital to Sri Lanka's hopes of a maiden Test series victory in England. He believes that getting your mindset right is the best preparation for Test cricket, and has said as much in his column, which will be published weekly on the site while Sri Lanka are in town.

Nuwan opens up a Sri Lankan debate: "Meanwhile the big question for Sri Lanka is Herath, or Randiv?"

"@Drew: We're talking long-term," writes Hugh. "There will be days where Anderson takes 0-100 and Broad loses the rag. Trott, Bell and Pietersen take up time but against a good team you'll be punished for that. The batting is strong enough to allow you to play a 5th bowler, especially if they can bat like Rashid or Patel. Or Hildreth - there's an all-rounder. Bowlers win games."

Drew stirs things up: "...of course you could just 'rest' KP and play all 5 bowlers..." Blasphemy!

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"What do you mean 'someone calling himself Dr. Avinash'?, I am Dr. Avinash Deoshatwar, a medical doctor as well as a scientist......little too crazy about cricket for a doc or scientist though...."

"Collingwood - our previous 5th bowler only bowled 31 overs in 5 test matches in Australia, i can't understand how that can't be fulfilled by the likes of Trott, Bell and even Pietersen who all offer something with the ball," writes Chris Nicholson. "Trott has been one of the go to bowlers for Warwickshire. Morgan will add strength to the batting - something that Collingwood struggled with in the Ashes, bless him."

Siddarth: "This England bowling attack lacks variation. Finn, Broad, Anderson Tremlett are all similar bowlers, perhaps someone like Sajid Mahmood or Tim Bresnan who hit the deck would have been much better." Except, of course, Bresnan is injured.

Someone calling himself 'Dr. Avinash' has offered this analysis of Sahil's dream: "About Sahil's dream: from medical point of view it just shows that he is anxious about the performance, a grandma around tells me that it actually is a good omen for England season; it would have mattered more had someone from the team had a dream like that!"

"Patel would be a good call (perhaps more for ODI than tests)," adds James. "Another idea would be Adil Rashid as a 5th bowler/all rounder. 4 bowlers does feel a bit defensive, although it may well work on a cold English day with the ball moving."

10.40am We've just heard that there's going to be another inspection at 11.10am. So still, we wait.

Drew has this: "In regards to the Morgan/Bopara debate, there is always the option that Bell can bowl some wobblers as can Trott in order to fulfil the 5th bowler role as necessary. Better to pick, what they perceive, as the better batsman rather than constantly worry about searching for the extra bowler and potentially expose a lack of batting. The 4 bowlers are capable of bowling out most test sides at the moment, although India will be telling, so I am not too concerned about a semi-specialist part-time bowler being selected in the middle-order."

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Matt wades in: "Being an Aussie, I have to say that I'm going for the Sri Lankans to win this Test after the demolishing they gave us over the summer. However, I am astounded that 11ºC with rain can be called "summer" over there. Here's to hoping it warms up!"

10.35am Sahil has just arrived carrying a fresh supply of tea to put a smile on all our faces. He's also, apparently, had a rather fascinating dream in which Chris Tremlett opened the bowling, went for 27 in his first over, and Monty Panesar had a batsman caught at slip, but the umpire wouldn't give it out. Analyze that. Quick weather update too: it's stopped raining!

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The umpires are out in the middle having a look at conditions, and I'm sad to report that they're cowering under an umbrella. Yes, it's still raining, and the toss is definitely delayed.

10.15am Excitingly, the Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths, whose debut you'll remember from the World Cup, are back this summer with their unique take on this glorious game. There's also the latest Switch Hit podcast to listen to, in which we discuss whether Eoin Morgan's call-up ahead of Ravi Bopara is the right choice, as well as a full preview of the Sri Lanka series and the obligatory county round-up.

Andrew Henshaw kicks off the feedback with this, a pressing question of vital importance: "Hey guys - do you think this is a match up of the shortest names in cricket (england) against the longest (sri lanka)?". Andrew, I think you could be right.

Krishna Achna, from India, writes in disbelief at what passes for 'summer' in these northern climes: "The welcome message states that "the first day of the English Test summer"...ending your statement with "showers are once again scudding across the ground". Is this summer season really? Experts call this as Global Warming!"

Here's Hugh's take on the Bopara/Morgan debate: "Without a genuine 5th bowler in the team England are asking an awful lot of the four main men, physically as much as anything else. This situation can't last - with the batting capabilities of Broad and Swann, it's open to them to play 5 bowlers, or maybe Samit Patel as an all-rounder. That's the key problem with Morgan over Bopara."

10.05am A warm welcome to you all on this, the first day of the English Test summer. An auspicious occasion to be sure. I'm Liam Brickhill, and together with my esteemed colleagues Andrew McGlashan and Sahil Dutta will be bringing you live ball-by-ball commentary of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Andrew Miller and Siddarth Ravindran are at the ground, and in fact have already given us a weather update this morning. Unfortunately, it's not that promising, as apparently showers are once again scudding across the ground.

We've got plenty for you to get through this morning. Andrew McGlashan has written an in-depth preview of the first Test, while Andrew Miller has written about the need for England to hit the ground running, and Siddarth Ravindran tells us that Tillakaratne Dilshan's Sri Lanka are upbeat and determined despite the challenges ahead.

0.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, drama-free start. Just a relief to get the summer underway really. Anderson pushes one across the left-hander. No great bounce as Paranavitana flags it through

0.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, tentative start from Anderson, not racing in but locates a fullish off-stump line. Paranavitana forward and compact in defence

0.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, touch more bounce and on the flimsy evidence of three deliveries I'd say there is no pace in the pitch. Wide enough here for Paranavitana to have another sighter

0.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, stiff breeze making difficult for Anderson to really hare in but the line here is decent and left alone outside off

0.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, first really full delivery of the over, no swing as yet. Paranavitana's bat is straight in defence

0.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, Sri Lanka are away, no great flourish, just an inside-edge nibble towards square leg. The batsmen jog through which means Dilshan will have to wait a while longer for his first ball

Tidy first over for both sides really. Settling the nerves

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0
NT Paranavitana    1* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Stuart Broad, looking for his 100th Test scalp will share the new ball.

1.1

Broad to Paranavitana, FOUR, and what looked like a decent enough delivery has instead raced away for four. Just a touch down the leg side, Paranavitana flipped his wrists over the ball and sent it down to the fine leg rope

1.2

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, this is a touch leg-sided again from Broad but fuller and worked around the corner. Broad has never quite convinced with the new ball for England but he's clearly been backed by Strauss here

1.3

Broad to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan's first delivery sees the first real movement, nipping away from a length and past a defensive prod

1.4

Broad to Dilshan, 2 runs, fuller and straighter, angled in from wide of the crease, Dilshan squeezes a drive with no great power past mid-off for a couple

1.5

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, true to form Dilshan is into his stride straight away. It's in fact a really top stroke, pushing a length ball solidly back where it came from, beating the bowler, beating mid-off and running away for four

1.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, good response from Broad, touch more devil in this delivery. Pitched and nipped away, bounced too, past the edge and Prior collects with his fingers pointing up to the sky

End of over 2 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0
TM Dilshan    6* (4b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-11-0
NT Paranavitana    6* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, something resembling swing here, but from a line well outside off it won't bother the batsman

2.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, good delivery but an excellent leave too. About a foot wide of off, Paranavitana covered the stumps and lifted his bat out of harm's way

2.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, "good areas Jimmy" is the verdict from the slip cordon. Good leave too, quite emphatic

2.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, the England fielders clear their lungs with a yelp as this swings back into Paranavitana, catching him high on the pad

2.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, ah lovely bowling, the last ball came in which meant Paranavitana was unsure whether to play here at a line where he'd left so well earlier in the over. He nibbles and misses outside off

2.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, this swings down the leg side but Anderson has found some swing that over. Meanwhile the sun is beaming enough for Gnasher to declare "Costa del Cardiff now"

End of over 3 (maiden) Sri Lanka 12/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0
TM Dilshan    6* (4b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-11-0

3.1

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, Broad is leg-sided again but with midwicket set deep Dilshan's flick only gets a single

3.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, calm forward defence from Paranavitana. He doesn't seem rushed at all, which is a good sign

3.3

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, Broad's fired this well wide of off stump. Word is he hasn't really looked on top of his game for Notts yet this season, coming back from injury is never straightforward for quick bowlers

3.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, this slips past the outside edge, touch of away movement off the pitch. Alarmingly, Prior collects by his bootstraps

3.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, wow, the last crept through, this one leapt through. 91mph on the speed gun, jumped from a back of a length and Paranavitana swayed out the way

3.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, oooh, good follow up to the shorter ball. This is fuller and nibbling away past an enquiring blade

End of over 4 (1 run) Sri Lanka 13/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    7* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0

4.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, good length from Anderson, Dilshan unsure if he should be forward or back. Defends with the outer-half of the bat, which is the sort of things bowlers enjoy

You mentioned about Broad's 100 wickets milestone. Both openers are also nearing individual milestones," points out Shehroze. "4000 runs for Dilshan and Paranavitana's 1000." Indeed

4.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, another uncomfortable-looking defence here squirts towards cover

4.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, yikes, who needs legspin when you can do this? Nipped away about a foot from back of a length, well past Dilshan's outside edge

4.4

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, another ball shaping away, Anderson looking dangerous now, Dilshan is half-forward and it gets a thickish edge through to a diving Cook at third slip who fumbles

4.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, having moved three away from the right hander Anderson pushes this across the left. Paranavitana happy to leave though

4.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, solid, sturdy defence to end another interesting over from Anderson

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 14/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-2-0
TM Dilshan    8* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-12-0

5.1

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, Broad holding his length at hit-the-top-of-the-stumps range, as it is he hits the middle of Dilshan's bat in defence

5.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, nippy from Broad, this wasn't even a short ball but it reared at Paranavitana as he pushed forward and struck him in the chest. Looks like he's got a lot of padding though, and an enormously thick jumper

5.3

Broad to Paranavitana, FOUR, ah lovely shot, having been hit a ball before Paranavitana eases forward and with the fullest of faces pushes this past mid-off casually for a boundary

5.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, too wide to interest the batsman here. Or the bowler really

5.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, "jaffer" declares Gnasher! And Broad has his serious knitted-brow look after landing it. Shortish, jumps and nips past a dangling outside edge

5.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, left alone to finish the over. Some good balls in it and one lovely shot. Broad has bowled some excellent balls in his three overs, but going for 17 as well. Which England's suffocation strategy is not about

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0
NT Paranavitana    10* (26b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    9* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-2-0

6.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, haha, Dilshan was visibly battling temptation here. Anderson offered some width and somehow Dilshan managed to resist throwing his arms at it

6.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, this is left alone more comfortably outside off

Here's a stat from Swarthy Welshman, who's been around quite a bit today: "Milestone time! Dominic Cork passed 10,000 first class runs today and needs 21 wickets to complete 1000 first class wickets. We need to know these things! I wish I had more to do at work today." Why, when you can spend your time digging up gems like that?

6.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, fired full and down the leg side. Anderson probably looking for the inducker, but gets it wrong

6.4

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, Bell fields smartly under the helmet at short leg. He's very good in that position

6.5

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan stays so still at the crease, trusts his eyes. Here he prods a defence to the leg side

6.6

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, ooh, Anderson has the new ball singing here. Full, inviting the drive before tailing away late past the edge

End of over 7 (maiden) Sri Lanka 19/0
TM Dilshan    9* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-2-0
NT Paranavitana    10* (26b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-17-0

7.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, banged in short, and Broad finds good carry. Follows it up with a lingering follow through but Paranavitana avoided it all well

7.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, short again, but really the wicket action happens further up the crease

7.3

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, this is fuller but pushed too wide of off to bother the batsman

7.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, hmm, the first ball flew through this one has bounced through on the bounce to Prior. One to keep an eye on

7.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, touch too short, touch too wide and Paranavitana will welcome another sighter

7.6

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, best length of the over, hit-the-stumps length, which as every pundit will tell you, is what Broad should be about. In fact it's his 'Oval length' which is something we'll hear a lot this summer. Anyway it was defended easily and a single was pinched

"Bring on Tremlett," writes Simon. "Anderson is bowling superbly but Broad is leaking any pressure built up."

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 20/0
NT Paranavitana    11* (32b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    9* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-2-0

8.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Anderson is indeed bowling superbly, as Simon says. Paranavitana is also judging it rather well I think

8.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, quality leave this outside off stump, big fan of that. DLF Maximum leave

8.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, having gone with the 'play inside the line' style leave before, this time there is a real whip of the arms above head to let this go

8.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Anderson loses his line, shoving it down leg, and rather than nibble and get 'strangled' Paranavitana turns his back on the ball to let it go to Prior

8.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, fuller here, straighter too. Paranavitana pops forward to drop it to cover

8.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, 2 runs, neatly played here, Paranavitana forward on off stump and clips to the leg side to collect a couple

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0
NT Paranavitana    13* (38b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-4-0
TM Dilshan    9* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-18-0

Ah, Simon gets his wish. Here is the giant Chris Tremlett. As usual with him, if he searches for a fullish length he'll be ineffective, hits the pitch he'll be excellent.

9.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, promising start, hits the pitch just back of a length and has Dilshan feeling for it outside off

9.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, that's the length, inch short of a good length, finds extra bounce it it goes off the splice towards gully

9.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, loses his line, spraying down the leg side. Clips a pad and runs away to Trott at fine leg

The crowd, who deserve a medal for patience, have found their voice.

9.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, this jags back from just short of a good length, Paranavitana looks uncomfortable as he jabs it. Tremlett follows through a long way but can't bring himself to say anything mean `

9.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, decent pace, decent carry, decent signs for Tremlett. Paranavitana though is calm in defence

9.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, Paranavitana has judged his off stump rather well this morning. Morning? I mean evening. Leaving well alone

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 23/0
NT Paranavitana    13* (41b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    9* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-4-0

10.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, touch of swing but the line is a fraction wide, Dilshan winds up to thwack, but leaves it tantalisingly like that. He's one away from 4000 runs here!

10.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, clipped firmly but straight to midwicket

10.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, almost through the batsman here. Dilshan straightened up his leg-side clip just in the nick of time to prod back to the bowler

10.4

Anderson to Dilshan, 2 runs, that is his 4000th Test run, and his 4001st indeed, becoming the 9th Sri Lankan to pass the milestone as he pushes down the ground

10.5

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, having past the milestone Dilshan has his first real heave-ho, throwing everything at a slash outside off. Missed it but it was probably there for the shot

10.6

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, touch quicker and doesn't swing away, instead it homes into an uncomfortable 'inside-thigh' sort of area. He's on his haunches poor fellow

We've got a bit of delay while Dilshan gets his breath back. Everyone used to delays today though.

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0
TM Dilshan    11* (25b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-6-0
NT Paranavitana    13* (41b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    1-1-0-0

11.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, 1 run, pushed to Eoin Morgan at point and a quick single taken, might have been a touch too close for comfort if Morgan's under-arm diving throw had been straight

11.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, hint of inside edge sends the ball to deep square for a single

11.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, pushed across Paranavitana who shoulders arms

11.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, from a decent length Tremlett finds ankle-high bounce. Paranavitana, as is his way, leaves alone

11.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, there is the DRS available, Prior is of course well up for it. Strauss typically knows better. It was a shot for a leg-side strangle and replays show it flicking the thigh pad through to Prior

11.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, 2 runs, over ends with a fuller ball which Paranavitana, aiming a cover drive, gets a thickish inside edge down the ground. The openers are doing a fine, fine job here

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 29/0
NT Paranavitana    16* (46b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    2-1-4-0
TM Dilshan    12* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-6-0

Anderson into his 7th over here. I guess he knows he won't be bowling all day.

12.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, ooh, fires a full straight ball in and almost squeezes through but Dilshan finds enough of a bat and pad to avoid trouble

12.2

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, straightish again, attacking the stumps and another flurry of bat and pad sends the ball towards fine leg

12.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, pushed across the lefty, who looks and decides it's not worth the bother

12.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, the last was too wide of off, this too wide of leg. Another ball ticks by harmlessly

12.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Prior takes his first tumble of the morning, diving to reach a filthy leg-side delivery. Anderson spins on his heels to try again, knows that wasn't right

12.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, good response from Anderson! Perfect delivery really, on a length, nipped away, clipped the back pad through to slip. England celebrate but Doctrove has none of it and Strauss knows better than to refer

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 30/0
NT Paranavitana    16* (50b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-7-0
TM Dilshan    13* (28b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    2-1-4-0

13.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball finds an inside edge that dribbles down to a deep square. Not entirely sure they need a deep square with Tremlett bowling this length

13.2

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, good carry from back of a length outside off. Paranavitana lifts his arms and bat high out of trouble

13.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, dug in short, gets up but slowly and Paranavitana is on his toes to drop it by his feet. Nicely played

13.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, that's the first really flashing blade we've seen from Paranavitana, cutting. Was perhaps a touch too close to him for it

13.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, well timed in the end but Paranavitana just poked at this, Pietersen fielded smartly in the gully

13.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, Paranavitana very comfortable turning this shortish ball into the leg side

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 31/0
NT Paranavitana    16* (55b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    3-1-5-0
TM Dilshan    14* (29b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-7-0

Broad is back, this time from Anderson's end. Anderson's figures were 7 overs for 7. Good start to his England summer.

14.1

Broad to Dilshan, no run, good start to the new spell, finding a fullish length for Dilshan to defend

14.2

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, too much width and Dilshan doesn't need a second invitation, he leans back and flays this to the third man boundary. Flashing blade!

14.3

Broad to Dilshan, no run, after the last bad ball Broad finds a good one here. Always the mix with him. Dilshan defends

14.4

Broad to Dilshan, no run, this is fuller and catches Dilshan flush on the pad, I thought it was close on first viewing but replays show it high and heading down leg

14.5

Broad to Dilshan, no run, another good delivery but Dilshan is happy in defence

14.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, Broad runs in with gritted teeth, finds a length outside off, touch of away movement and Dilshan Boycotts a leave alone

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 35/0
TM Dilshan    18* (35b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-22-0
NT Paranavitana    16* (55b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    3-1-5-0

15.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, good cricket here. Full ball finds a full face solid in defence

15.2

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, good delivery, nips away and finds some extra bounce past the outside edge

15.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, Tremlett has bowled a tidy enough line and length this spell but Paranavitana has been sterling in defence all morning

15.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, another slips down the leg side, clips a pad through to Prior who this time doesn't appeal

Strauss meanwhile runs over to Tremlett for a chat. Which has culminated in Tremlett switching to around the wicket.

15.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, the new angle doesn't draw anything particularly alarming as Paranavitana leaves alone outside off

15.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, Tremlett jumps wide of the crease to try and angle this in. Doesn't draw a stroke from Paranavitana which completes a very good session for Sri Lanka, really

Tea Having waited all day for the Test summer to get going Sri Lanka's openers have negotiated 16 new-ball overs very effectively. They've left the ball well, been solid in defence and taken singles when available. Can't ask for much more than that. The pitch has no great pace but showed signs perhaps of some mixed bounce. Gnasher will have more in his bulletin soon but in the meantime you should enter our competition to win a net session with former England star Graham Thorpe. Here are all the details you need. I'm off for a cuppa and Liam will have the first hour after tea.

End of over 16 (maiden) Sri Lanka 35/0
NT Paranavitana    16* (61b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    4-2-5-0
TM Dilshan    18* (35b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-22-0

Welcome back everyone, we're moments away from the resumption. The first, delayed, session was as attritional as you'd expect from the first day of Test cricket of the English summer. Dilshan and Paranavitana did well to grit it out against the new ball, but neither team has a clear advantage just yet. Stuart Broad was a touch disappointing with the new ball, but he will start proceedings after the break and has another chance to show his mettle. Three slips and a gully in place.

16.1

Broad to Dilshan, no run, short, wide and jagging away from Dilshan, who sets himself to have a huge swipe at it but pulls out of the shot at the last moment

16.2

Broad to Dilshan, no run, great line from Broad as he hurls down an outswinger that draws Dilshan forward before shooting past the outside edge

16.3

Broad to Dilshan, FOUR, slapped disdainfully to the cover boundary. Will Dilshan look to take control in the evening session? Broad went full once more, searching for swing, but the batsman just flashed through the line to send the ball scorching across the turf

16.4

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, good retort from Broad, banging it in shorter and bending his back to beat Dilshan for pace and get him fending awkwardly into the leg side. They take a single, but Bell is back at short leg under the helmet now

16.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, the left-right combo messes with Broad's radar as he sends one hooping down the leg side

16.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, again Broad gets his line slightly wrong, the ball rising over leg stump as Paranavitana steps across to off and leaves alone

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 40/0
NT Paranavitana    16* (63b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-27-0
TM Dilshan    23* (39b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    4-2-5-0

Anderson, who's looked far more threatening in these conditions, to pick things up from the opposite end

17.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, full and straight to start, Dilshan digs it out to mid-on

17.2

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, full, wide and curling away from the batsman, who is drawn into an ambitious drive only for the ball to take a thick edge and fly - fortunately for him - safely through a wide gully and down to third man

17.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, tempting stuff from Anderson, again he is full but this time Dilshan wisely raises his bat to leave

17.4

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, this one jags back in sharply! Great variation from Anderson, the first two swung away but this one hit the deck and moved back in to have Dilshan defended unconvincingly into the off side

17.5

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, cut powerfully away! The first really loose ball of the over, and Dilshan seizes on it to pick up four behind point. Hit very hard

17.6

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, shorter and wider, this time Dilshan is content to let the ball sail past him

End of over 18 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 48/0
TM Dilshan    31* (45b 5x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-15-0
NT Paranavitana    16* (63b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-27-0

18.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, angled across the left-hander, a touch too wide to get him playing at it though

18.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, fuller and straighter, Broad finds a hint of movement back into the Paranavitana but the bat comes down very straight in defence

18.3

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, on the pads this time, nudged gently out towards long leg for a leisurely single

18.4

Broad to Dilshan, 1 run, short and rising, Dilshan responds with a controlled pull out to the man at deep square, and there's the Sri Lankan fifty

18.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, Paranavitana was aiming for the cut here, but the ball was too close to him for the shot and he ended up chopping it hard into the ground and straight to point

18.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, speared down the leg side by Broad, and Prior has to leap to his right to stop that going for byes

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/0
NT Paranavitana    17* (68b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-29-0
TM Dilshan    32* (46b 5x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-15-0

19.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, gentle outswinger from Anderson, Dilshan steps forward and across but then raises his arms high above his head to leave

19.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, moving away again, this time Anderson starts straighter but Dilshan is right behind it in defence

19.3

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, nudged into the leg side, the call for the single comes quickly

19.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Anderson comes round the wicket, turned across towards square leg ... there's a hint of confusion in the running, but eventually they decide against a sharp single

19.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run

19.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, outside edge! The ball loops towards point ... but falls safely in front of Morgan as he charges in. Anderson is making things happen here

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 52/0
NT Paranavitana    18* (71b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-17-0
TM Dilshan    33* (49b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-29-0

20.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, pitched up with three slips in place, the batsman comes forward to drive but it's a loose stroke and the ball bursts past the outside edge. Close

20.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, short this time, Paranavitana plays it uncomfortably but effectively, letting the ball strike him and fall safely on the leg side. They've got a short leg in if that stroke goes wrong

20.3

Broad to Paranavitana, FOUR, full and edged once more! The batsman was in no position to play the drive, thrusting his bat out in front of him in hope, and a thick edge flew wide of the man at third slip

20.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, rising off a length outside off stump, Paranavitana hops back and almost pushes at it, but draws the bat inside the line just in time

20.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, beaten outside off, legitimately this time! Great ball, leaving the left-hander from a good length

20.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, this time Paranavitana moves across to get behind the line and defends. Much better over from Broad

"After watching the so called opening batsmen in the recent WI vs Pakistan Test series, it feels like I'm watching a different type of cricket here," says Hamayoun Khan. Ah, Taufeeq batted well no? Needed some luck mind.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 56/0
NT Paranavitana    22* (77b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-33-0
TM Dilshan    33* (49b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-17-0

21.1

Anderson to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, Anderson targets Dilshan's pads, but the line isn't quite right. Ball strikes pad and evades a diving Prior, that's four leg-byes

21.2

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, four more, jabbed through gully with very little control. The ball flies down to third man, but that could just as easily landed in one of the catching fielders' laps

21.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, pushed down the leg side this time, a touch on that and it could have been four more

21.4

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, Anderson finds a better line, outside off and Dilshan leaves

21.5

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, hitting the pitch and moving sharply away, and Dilshan wisely opts to leave once more

21.6

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, another gently curving outswinger, this one aimed at the top of off stump, and Dilshan defends back down the track

End of over 22 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 64/0
TM Dilshan    37* (55b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-2-21-0
NT Paranavitana    22* (77b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-33-0

22.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, a vicious, rising delivery the takes the splice of a defensive bat. Paranavitana can at least manage a smile

22.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, this one is fuller and wider, and Paranavitana won't be drawn into anything injudicious

This is the highest opening stand by Sri Lanka in Tests in the United Kingdom

22.3

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, left alone once more, that's something the left-hander has done very well today

Paranavitana draws away from the crease as Broad gathers ... something has disturbed him, not sure what. So the fast bowler will have to try that one again

22.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, on a length and straight, classically defended into the leg side

22.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, rising from a full length, the ball hits the shoulder of the bat but falls safely on the off side. No silly point in place.

22.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, a pacy delivery, up above 90mph, that strikes the thigh and goes to leg, falling in front of Ian Bell at short leg. Not sure there was any bat on that

End of over 23 (maiden) Sri Lanka 64/0
NT Paranavitana    22* (83b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-1-33-0
TM Dilshan    37* (55b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-2-21-0

First change of the evening, here's Chris Tremlett. He bowled an economical first spell. Two slips, two gullys in place for him

23.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, Tremlett hits the seam straight away, the ball moving swiftly in to the right-hander to strike him on the pad. No appeal though, clearly heading down leg

"Graeme Swann....May be its time to get him in?" asks Aakarsh. "That too with a left hander at the crease?" It's a very good point which quite a few of you are making.

23.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, good stop by Prior! Again Tremlett's line is leg side, the ball deflects off the pad the the 'keeper has to move very quickly to his left to stop it

23.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, the Tremlett length, back of a length and rising. Dilshan stands tall to defend

23.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, spliced to gully! This was actually well played by Dilshan. The delivery got the better of him but he took the bottom hand off the bat, making sure to angle it down

23.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, now, that's hurt him. Again the ball spits up, he tries to remove the bottom hand again but it's struck him, and the glove is immediately taken off as he shakes his right hand. The ball has jarred the thumb, and the physio trots out to have a look. Dilshan will continue, though he still looks in some discomfort

23.6

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, A bouncer to end the over, but it rises over leg stump and the batsman ducks underneath it easily

End of over 24 (maiden) Sri Lanka 64/0
TM Dilshan    37* (61b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    5-3-5-0
NT Paranavitana    22* (83b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-1-33-0

24.1

Broad to Paranavitana, 2 runs, angled down through the gap between the slips and the gully, it doesn't quite have the wheels to reach the third man boundary but he picks up two

24.2

Broad to Paranavitana, 2 runs, short and leaving the left-hander, he steps back and flashes a cut in the air ... but a couple of feet short of Pietersen at backward point. An awkward bounce for the fielder, who can't quite stop the ball

24.3

Broad to Paranavitana, 3 runs, doesn't bother trying to keep this one down, in fact he's slapped that up and over backward point ... not quite out of the middle, and Morgan hares after it, hauling the ball in before the boundary

24.4

Broad to Dilshan, no run, outswinger from Broad, but it starts moving right from the hand and Dilshan has just enough time to react and whip his hands inside the line

24.5

Broad to Dilshan, 4 byes, speared down the leg side, Prior dives but he won't stop this one ... That's given as byes by the umpire, but replays suggest it may have touched the trouser on the way through

24.6

Broad to Dilshan, no run, dug in halfway down, the ball balloons harmlessly over the batsman and Prior collects moving to his left

End of over 25 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 75/0
TM Dilshan    37* (64b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    10-1-40-0
NT Paranavitana    29* (86b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    5-3-5-0

25.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, 1 run, drop-and-run from Paranavitana, standing tall to cover the bounce and placing the ball close in at cover. Good running

25.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, much fuller from Tremlett, zoning in on the off stump as Dilshan comes half forward in defence

25.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, Tremlett gets Dilshan hopping! That's the length, rising up to about chest height outside off, but the batsman does well to drop his hands out of harm's way

25.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan stays on the back foot to defend back to the bowler ... and then practises an extravagant pull as Tremlett turns and walks back to his mark

25.5

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, pitched up outside off, Dilshan flings himself into a drive but the ball shoots past the outside edge. Tremlett follows through much further than usual and gives the batsman an eye-balling

25.6

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, back-of-a-length and straight, Dilshan is back and across in defence

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 76/0
TM Dilshan    37* (69b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    6-3-6-0
NT Paranavitana    30* (87b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    10-1-40-0

Cheers ring around the ground as the ball is thrown to Swann. The sun has also just peeped out. The offspinner will have a slip and a short leg in place for his first spell of the day. Anderson is at slip, taking up the role recently vacated by Collingwood

26.1

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, driven hard into the ground and stopped by a diving Strauss at extra cover

26.2

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, looped up fuller, again Paranavitana drives to the cover fielder

26.3

Swann to Paranavitana, 1 run, Swann comes round the wicket, not much turn and the left-hander turns him down to fine leg for a single

Now, Swann vs Dilshan, this should be interesting

26.4

Swann to Dilshan, no run, full, punched hard towards mid-on but Swann moves swiftly across to cut it off

26.5

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, just a touch too short from Swann, Dilshan hangs back and forces it away through cover point ... not quite timed though, and chased down short of the boundary

26.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, there's some turn, and bounce too, but the length is a little short once again and Dilshan glances him down to fine leg

So, no first-over strike for Swann this time

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 80/0
TM Dilshan    40* (72b 6x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0
NT Paranavitana    31* (90b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    6-3-6-0

27.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan stands flat-footed at the crease and thrusts out away from his body ... but the ball goes down and is stopped by the closer of the two gullys

27.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, beaten by bounce and movement outside off! Just the perfect line and length from Tremlett, the batsman had to play

27.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, beaten again! Dilshan is neither forward nor back, his feet go nowhere and the ball zips past the outside edge

27.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed too close to leg stump this time and Dilshan is able to flick the delivery out to Broad at deep square leg

Three slips and one gully for Paranavitana

27.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, watchful defence from the left-hander, getting back and across in an attempt to cover the bounce

27.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, flashing square drive! But Pietersen dives across to cut it off. It was an aggressive stroke, but the bowler won't mind that, it was too wide for the batsman to be in complete control of the shot

End of over 28 (1 run) Sri Lanka 81/0
NT Paranavitana    31* (92b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    7-3-7-0
TM Dilshan    41* (76b 6x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0

28.1

Swann to Dilshan, 1 bye, flighted up temptingly on leg stump, Dilshan bends into a sweep but the ball scuttles past him down the leg side ... There's an appeal, not sure what for. The umpire signals byes. That's touched the pad, replays confirm

28.2

Swann to Paranavitana, 1 run, nudged into the off side for a quick single

28.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, flatter through the air on off stump, Dilshan stays back and defends to the bowler

28.4

Swann to Dilshan, 2 runs, spinning in to the right hander, it's not full enough to draw him forward and instead is turned out to midwicket

28.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, this time he is forward, pushing defensively to extra cover

28.6

Swann to Dilshan, no run, tossed up a bit slower, Dilshan hangs back and defends to cover

We're an hour into an extended session, and that's drinks with Sri Lanka's openers looking increasingly comfortable. It'll be Sahil Dutta to pick things up after the break.

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 85/0
TM Dilshan    43* (81b 6x4)      GP Swann    2-0-7-0
NT Paranavitana    32* (93b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    7-3-7-0

Thanks Liam. All Sri Lanka today. Any illusions England fans had that the early summer will be a doddle have been undone today. These two have played very well. Tremlett aside, England's bowlers have looked a little flat. Not sure Broad should have been given the new ball but there you go.

Lament from Luke: "What more can Tremlett do? Good line, good length, good bounce, good carry, good movement and still can't pick up the wicket!"

29.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, Paranavitana has been so calm today, easing into his strokes. Here he seems to have an age to drop into the leg side

29.2

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, touch of extra bounce but Paranavitana rides it comfortably enough. Pushing towards gully

29.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, given enough room to free his arms outside off, but not enough room to beat the fielder at point

29.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, smart stop from Pietersen in the gully, he dives, stops and palms it to Cook to throw back all in one movement

29.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, big grunt from Tremlett to slam this down into the wicket but the pitch sucks much of the lift out of it and Paranavitana happily pops on his toes to defend

29.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, five shortish balls followed by the full one and it almost works the treat. Paranavitana played all around it, stuck him flush on the pad but it probably pitched outside. Umpire Dar certainly thought so, and the replay confirms it

End of over 30 (maiden) Sri Lanka 85/0
NT Paranavitana    32* (99b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    8-4-7-0
TM Dilshan    43* (81b 6x4)      GP Swann    2-0-7-0

30.1

Swann to Dilshan, no run, touch of air from Swann, solid defence from Dilshan

30.2

Swann to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan edges down the wicket looking for a drive but can't time it

30.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, fuller from Swann, Dilshan positive on the drive again but finds cover

30.4

Swann to Dilshan, no run, no great spin or drift as yet and Dilshan solidly forward

30.5

Swann to Dilshan, no run, quicker ball sliding on with the arm, Dilshan thrusts a foot towards it and leaves alone

30.6

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, Swann adjusts his line, angling into the pads slightly. Dilshan tickles around the corner

End of over 31 (1 run) Sri Lanka 86/0
TM Dilshan    44* (87b 6x4)      GP Swann    3-0-8-0
NT Paranavitana    32* (99b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    8-4-7-0

31.1

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, all hands and no feet from Dilshan. But makes a good connection to this shortish ball around off

31.2

Tremlett to Dilshan, FOUR, top shot, the first ball he found the fielder this time he beats cover with a hard-hit back-foot drive. With the sun out and the pitch slow, Sri Lanka are sitting fairly merrily at the moment

31.3

Tremlett to Dilshan, no run, what did I just say!? Nonsense. This pitches and flew. Real horror ball jumping from a length and climbing past the edge

31.4

Tremlett to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan sitting on the back foot has plenty of time to shovel this to leg, which a swift single became easy because Bell fumbled at midwicket. Could have been really tight that

31.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, slight misfield by Morgan at point doesn't cost anything as Paranavitana guides a shortish ball out on the off side

31.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, touch too wide of off to cause any problems

End of over 32 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 91/0
NT Paranavitana    32* (101b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    9-4-12-0
TM Dilshan    49* (91b 7x4)      GP Swann    3-0-8-0

32.1

Swann to Dilshan, 1 run, fifty for Dilshan, an excellent one on his captaincy debut. Clips firmly to a deep mid-on, scuttles through and waves his bat towards his boys in the dressing room. Set a mighty fine example here

32.2

Swann to Paranavitana, 1 run, good from Swann, touch slower and Paranavitana has to wait on it to defend

32.3

Swann to Dilshan, no run, that's the first real sign of spin, but it is very slow and low

32.4

Swann to Dilshan, OUT, chopped on! Dilshan aims a cut to a slightly quicker ball, spun enough to find a bottom edge into the base of off stump and it's 50 and out for the captain

TM Dilshan b Swann 50 (145m 94b 7x4 0x6) SR: 53.19

Well well, Swann hasn't looked all that dangerous but he's the world's best spinner and has found a way through. Excellent innings from Dilshan but given how well set he was he'll feel he's missed out. It's England's first wicket against Sri Lanka for a very long time and brings the master - Kumar Sangakkara - to the crease

32.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, touch of spin from around the wicket outside off stump. Blocked carefully

32.6

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara negotiates his second ball by prodding a defence to cover

End of over 33 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 93/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      GP Swann    4-0-10-1
NT Paranavitana    33* (102b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    9-4-12-0

Tremlett is whipped out of the attack after an excellent spell, Strauss turning to his official attack leader Jimmy Anderson.

33.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, good start from Anderson, aiming full, possibly looking to see if there is any reverse out there. But given how damp conditions have been today it's unlikely

33.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, well, this swung a long way. Conventional swing though and not a great shot from Paranavitana flailing at a wide one

33.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, some swing again and closer to Paranavitana who this time leaves alone

33.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, fuller and again enough movement in the air to keep Anderson interested. Paranavitana serene as ever

33.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, solid and sturdy defence

33.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, Anderson looks for a miracle ball starting at leg stump and predictably it refuses to swing. Paranavitana ticks off a single down to deep square

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 94/1
NT Paranavitana    34* (108b 3x4)      JM Anderson    11-2-22-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      GP Swann    4-0-10-1

34.1

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, plenty of air from Swann though not much spin and Paranavitana leaves alone

34.2

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, carefully defended away

34.3

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, some drift here almost threatens to get Paranavitana in a tangle but he dabs to leg

34.4

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, pushed back to Swann carefully

34.5

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, this is much slower, looping up and down, Paranavitana slashes but the ball creeps under his bat

34.6

Swann to Paranavitana, 1 run, swift over ends with a prod to leg

End of over 35 (1 run) Sri Lanka 95/1
NT Paranavitana    35* (114b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-0-11-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    11-2-22-0

35.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, really good shape here from Anderson around the wicket. Angling in before bending away late

35.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, 3 runs, Anderson overcooks his line and length, going too full on the pads and Paranavitana carefully works it to midwicket to pass 1000 Test runs. Well done him

35.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Anderson switches over the wicket and swings this away from the left hander. Sangakkara coolly forward in defence

35.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, ah the first Sangakkara cover drive of the summer. Always a treat, all style and charisma, the ball races for four, obviously

35.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, this time he waits and guides to point. Sangakkara doesn't actually have a great record in England, I think his top score is 66 here

35.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, he defends to end the over as Sky confirm that indeed his highest score in England is 66 and his average here is just 30.91

End of over 36 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1
KC Sangakkara    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-29-0
NT Paranavitana    38* (116b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-0-11-1

36.1

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, quick and flat from Swann, no great turn and easily defended

36.2

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, slower and more flight, the line remains excellent, as does Paranavitana's defence

36.3

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, pushed firmly to mid-on where Tremlett gets down to field

36.4

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, quicker, skidder shot through, but the line is fractionally wrong

36.5

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, quick again and Paranavitana prods a defence

36.6

Swann to Paranavitana, no run, maiden over finishes with a forward block. Swann seems to be rushing through his overs at the moment

End of over 37 (maiden) Sri Lanka 102/1
NT Paranavitana    38* (122b 3x4)      GP Swann    6-1-11-1
KC Sangakkara    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-29-0

37.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Anderson lands this just short of a length around off stump. Sangakkara seems to have time to defend

37.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 3 runs, Anderson goes full looking for swing and a drive, he find both of them and the middle of Sangakkara's bat as he eases it towards the ropes

37.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, FOUR, Paranavitana this time on the drive, it was asking for it, long half-volley but having been so patient outside off he deserves one. Playing it late under his eyes and it speeds to the point boundary

37.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, touch wild and wide and Paranavitana back on the leave

37.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, better line, closer to off, but not close enough to draw Paranavitana into something injudicious

37.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Anderson jumps wide looking for a sharp angle in that might deceive Paranavitana into playing. But the batsman has nothing to do with it

End of over 38 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 109/1
NT Paranavitana    42* (126b 4x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-36-0
KC Sangakkara    7* (8b 1x4)      GP Swann    6-1-11-1

38.1

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Swann fires a 56mph ball at Sangakkara's off stump. Defended easily

38.2

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, more careful defence from the batsman around off stump

38.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, little slower and finds a touch of spin but Sangakkara leaves alone

38.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Swann again finds a good length and line

38.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, quicker and Sangakkara almost looked rushed in defence

38.6

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, prodded to midwicket to end another rapid maiden over

End of over 39 (maiden) Sri Lanka 109/1
KC Sangakkara    7* (14b 1x4)      GP Swann    7-2-11-1
NT Paranavitana    42* (126b 4x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-36-0

39.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Anderson is striving for swing but not finding anything dramatic and with Paranavitana playing so nicely there is little chance created

39.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, some movement here from a full length, quite a lot actually, but Paranavitana is judging them well

39.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, touch too wide, Paranavitana forcing Anderson to bowl at him. Playing very well

39.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, clever stuff from Anderson, after almost two overs of outswingers he switches the ball around and darts this in. Paranavitana was completely deceived and jabbed down in alarm as he saw the ball homing back into him

39.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, that will frustrate Anderson, comes over the wicket and loses his line. Down the leg side and Sangakkara clips it firmly around the corner for four

39.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, OUT, massive appeal from England as Anderson swings this one away from Sangakkara, past the edge and through to Prior but England are convinced he's feathered it. Dar didn't see anything but Strauss reviewed. There is a noise at the right movement but perhaps not enough evidence to overturn?... Well, he's been given! Must have gone on the noise because HotSpot wasn't conclusive. The noise proved fatal, Sangakkara isn't amused but England are ecstatic! Rod Tucker is the man in the hot seat and he's made a huge intervention there. Sangakkara's poor record in England continues!

KC Sangakkara c †Prior b Anderson 11 (26m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.75

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 114/2
     JM Anderson    14-2-41-1
NT Paranavitana    43* (130b 4x4)      GP Swann    7-2-11-1

40.1

Swann to Paranavitana, 1 run, that's the first run off Swann in 13 deliveries as it squirts off the edge towards third man

40.2

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene negotiates his first ball calmly enough, popping forward to defend

40.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another careful full-faced defence

40.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, more air here and pushed away

40.5

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flatter and quicker from Swann, clipped firmly to Strauss at midwicket who rifles a throw back

40.6

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, touch of extra bounce makes defence a little uncomfortable

We've had a few looks at the replay of Sangakkara's dismissal, and there is indeed a faint spot on HotSpot in the business area, so a good decision from Tucker in the chair.

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 115/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      GP Swann    8-2-12-1
NT Paranavitana    44* (131b 4x4)      JM Anderson    14-2-41-1

41.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, Anderson has this swinging late and swinging in. Paranavitana has his eye in though and clips into the leg side

41.2

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, angling in from wide of the crease before tailing away late. He's such a skilful operator

41.3

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, having just said that Anderson fires this a long way down the leg side, sending Prior tumbling well to collect

41.4

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Anderson searching for swing, Jayawardene careful and cautious, as well he might be

41.5

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this bends away late from a full length, Jayawardene not being drawn into a shot though

41.6

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again Anderson jumps wide to create a sharper angle with the late away swing and again Jayawardene looks and looks before leaving alone

End of over 42 (1 run) Sri Lanka 116/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (10b)      JM Anderson    15-2-42-1
NT Paranavitana    45* (132b 4x4)      GP Swann    8-2-12-1

Strauss has returned to Broad, seems desperate to bowl him back into form. Anderson is bowling so well at the other end Broad just has to support him. Nothing too fancy.

42.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, Broad finds swing but the line is wrong and it head off down the leg side

42.2

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, that's the length, though the line is too straight and Paranavitana can pop forward and turn it around the corner to a deep square leg

42.3

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, too short and wide outside off but 3/4 of the way through to Prior it suddenly swings in about three foot, sending Prior flying. Good take

42.4

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good discipline from Jayawardene. 11 balls on 0 but happy to leave alone

42.5

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene is away and for all his elegance it's actually a thick inside edge that gets him off the mark

42.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, square leg is brought up to save the single and that's exactly what he does here as Paranavitana whips a full delivery to him. The batsman then smiles broadly

End of over 43 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 118/2
NT Paranavitana    46* (135b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    11-1-42-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (13b)      JM Anderson    15-2-42-1

Anderson, having taken the wicket, is off and Tremlett is back.

43.1

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly creaky start from Tremlett, shortish down the leg side. Jayawardene clips behind square for one

Meanwhile a lightmeter has been rushed out, which signals the beginning of the end

43.2

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, not a great delivery this, short, wide, wild and left well alone

43.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, too wide again from Tremlett and Paranavitana continues his fine exhibition of leaving

43.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, two easy leaves but this is much much closer. His judgement is inch perfect

43.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, this time he does play but the ball gets slightly big on him from back of a length and he can't time his cut shot

43.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, 1 run, nicely done, tucks the fuller ball around the corner to fine leg, jogs through to steal the strike

End of over 44 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 120/2
NT Paranavitana    47* (140b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    10-4-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (14b)      SCJ Broad    11-1-42-0

44.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, Broad has a rare venture full of a length, rewarded with some swing which Paranavitana negotiates uncomfortably

44.2

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, full again, swing again but this time Paranavitana happily clips a single to deep midwicket

44.3

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, too wide of off stump and Jayawardene has nothing to do with it

44.4

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much, much better ball. Full, swinging away from around off stump but Jayawardene's judgement of an off-stump leave is ideal

44.5

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, oooh, Broad wanted a review here but his captain won't indulge him! Fullish length and it beat Jayawardene's defence but hit high on the pad. Doctrove thought it was heading over and replays show him right again

44.6

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, plenty of swing on offer but left all alone

As the floodlights come on it's time I hand over to Liam who'll see you through to the close

End of over 45 (1 run) Sri Lanka 121/2
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (18b)      SCJ Broad    12-1-43-0
NT Paranavitana    48* (142b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    10-4-14-0

Thanks, Sahil, and wouldn't England love another late wicket to make this their day? Tremlett continues, around the wicket to the left-hander

45.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, 1 run, neatly nudged down to fine leg, and Paranavitana moves to 49

Jayawardene not happy with something here ... not sure what. He's having a word with Aleem Dar. There appears to be something in his eye-line, behind the bowler's arm. After a delay, they continue. Still not sure what the problem was.

45.2

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, an awkward fend to cover, and Paranavitana calls him through for a quick single

45.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, dug in short by Tremlett, not much pace but the line is good and Paranavitana has to sway out of the way. He's well in now, though, so is in no trouble doing so

45.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, FOUR, a composed cut to the backward point boundary, and there's fifty for the opener. He's gritted out a really good knock here. Two centuries in the warm-ups, and now he's passed fifty in his first Test innings in England. Good work, and his team need more of the same

45.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, FOUR, Tremlett switches to over the wicket, but he's short and wide again, and Paranavitana opens up to slash a cut deliberately up and over point for four more. A confident shot

45.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, and solid backfoot defence to end the over

End of over 46 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 131/2
NT Paranavitana    57* (147b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    11-4-24-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (19b)      SCJ Broad    12-1-43-0

46.1

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela shuffles across to off and angles a length delivery down to fine leg for a single

46.2

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, over the wicket comes Broad, curving the ball gently back in to the left hander who tucks him off the hip to square leg

46.3

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, well-directed bouncer from Broad and Mahela, out of character, takes his eye off it ... the ball zips past the grille, no visible harm done

46.4

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outswinger, but it goes from the hand and is easily left alone

46.5

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another hooping outswinger from Broad, Jayawardene doesn't need to play at that

46.6

Broad to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hurled acres down the leg side, and Prior has to dive to his left to stop byes. Broad has been loose at times today, but Prior has been in good nick behind the stumps and has saved his blushes more than once

End of over 47 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 133/2
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (24b)      SCJ Broad    13-1-45-0
NT Paranavitana    58* (148b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    11-4-24-0

Last over of the day, Paranavitana on strike. He'll be playing for the close

47.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, tickled to short leg off the pad

47.2

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, spitting up around off stump, he can't drop the hands in time but does well to angle the ball down towards gully. Soft hands

47.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, full, just outside off. At another time, that might have invited, at the very least, a speculative drive. Instead, it's dead-batted to cover

47.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, good leave from the left-hander, who gets across to cover his off stump and raises the hands up high. Fine example of the leave, of which there have been quite a few today

47.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, back of a length on middle and off, and Paranavitana is right behind it in defence. The wicket has slowed up considerably, he was in no rush there

47.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, dropped undramatically into the leg side, and that's the end of day one

So, stumps on a truncated first day, and there couldn't be more of a contrast between Sri Lanka's batsmen as they leave the field. Paranavitana jogs off with a beaming smile on his face, while Jayawardene lingers to have a moan about whatever it was that was troubling him behind the bowler's arm. Against the odds, Sri Lanka's openers got the better of the English new-ball bowlers before Swann provided the breakthrough. England might have hoped for more on the first day of a Test at the end of May, but the wicket of Sangakkara may perhaps have made the difference for them. Still, Paranavitana doesn't look like getting out and Jayawardene's quality is undeniable, so it's just about honours even at stumps. Read all about today's play in Andrew McGlashan's bulletin.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's first day as a Test captain has gone well. "It was a great day for us," he says at the close. Paranavitana is singled out for particular praise: "He's a great opener, it's great having him in the team." He doesn't deny that the contributions of Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Samaraweera will be vital in English conditions, but makes sure to dodge the question about whether Sangakkara was unhappy about his dismissal.

"I thought we started pretty well, considering the frustration of having to sit in the dressing room most of the day," says Anderson. "The openers batted well, they left well, but we came back to pick up a few wickets in the afternoon. I wouldn't say the bowling attack is undercooked, I was a bit overcooked over the winter and we needed a break. Hopefully the ball will swing again tomorrow and we'll get a few more nicks. There's some bounce in the wicket but it's a bit slow." Are you convinced Kumar nicked it? "Yep. With the wind going across the ground, I didn't hear the edge but all the guys in the slips did and they were convinced."

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End of over 48 (maiden) Sri Lanka 133/2
NT Paranavitana    58* (154b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    12-5-24-0
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (24b)      SCJ Broad    13-1-45-0

James Anderson will open up...

10.55am Just a few minutes away from the action now and the players are making their way out to the middle. Before we start, Happy Birthday to Mahela Jayawardene

10.45am I'm being pestered by one of our very nice folk over at ESPN.co.uk (well, ok, he's a bit mad really) but he's drawn my attention to their coverage of French Open. If tennis is your thing head over for a look. But not while the cricket is on.

First feedback of the day goes to Chris. "Why having lost half a day couldnt the little dears have started at 10.30 or even 10 today or are they already suffering from playing too much cricket?" They will make up time today, it's added on to the last session.

10.40am One of the key men yesterday was Tharanga Paranavitana who played superbly to end on 58. It's his first Test outside the subcontinent and Siddarth Ravindran looked at a player who can slip under the radar.

Elsewhere, we have the excellent first instalment of The Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths. It's well worth a watch.

And while I have your attention how about a competition? ESPNcricinfo has team up with Microsoft to offer you the chance to win a net with Graham Thorpe. It's a fantastic prize and other goodies like an Xbox and England ODI shirts are also on offer. Click here for all the information. But, sorry, it's only available to our UK users.

10.35am Morning folks, Andrew McGlashan here to bring you the start of the action on the second day from Cardiff. Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill will also be here during the day. Sri Lanka were the happier team yesterday having reached 133 for 2 and England's bowlers weren't at their best.

The first thing to say is that's dry and bright this morning which is marvellous news after all the frustrations of yesterday. We will be making up time, too, so plenty of overs in prospect. We'll know a lot more about where this game is heading at 7 o'clock tonight.

48.1

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, hint of swing away and left alone

48.2

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, that's a good one, a little shorter and it climbs past the edge as Jayawardene plays inside the line

48.3

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller outside off, this time there's no much carry as Prior takes by his bootlaces. We saw a bit of uneven bounce yesterday

48.4

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another good from Anderson as it shapes away and beats Jayawardene's edge again...maybe just needs to be a fraction fuller to find the edge

48.5

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wider outside off and a comfortable leave this time

48.6

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full outside off and another one swings away from the right hander who judges well to leave alone...a tidy maiden to start the day

End of over 49 (maiden) Sri Lanka 133/2
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (30b)      JM Anderson    16-3-42-1
NT Paranavitana    58* (154b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    12-5-24-0

We will have 98 overs today so this Test should advance nicely...Stuart Broad will share the early duties

Tushar won't be pleased with Strauss's move: "I hope they will start with Swann & Anderson today. Get you best bowlers upfront and put pressure on SL to get some early wickets. Yesterday, Broad released all the pressure created by Anderson."

49.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, nice start from Broad, that was certainly in a "good area" just outside off stump and there was hint of movement back as Paranavitana left alone

49.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, and this one goes the other way as it nips away from the left hander who pushed at the ball

49.3

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, this one doesn't carry through to Prior who takes it on the second bounce

49.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, hmmm, certainly some uneven bounce here as this one jumps from a good length and goes past the outside edge

49.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, pushed fuller and wider outside off stump and left alone

49.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, probing away outside off and another leave to end the over...still no runs today

End of over 50 (maiden) Sri Lanka 133/2
NT Paranavitana    58* (160b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    14-2-45-0
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (30b)      JM Anderson    16-3-42-1
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Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Southampton - Jun 16-20, 2011
Match drawn
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jun 3-7, 2011
Match drawn
England v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - May 26-30, 2011
England won by an innings and 14 runs
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May 30, 2011

IIan Bell collides with substitute fielder Stewart Walters as they both attempt to take a catch, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 5th day, May 30, 2011

Ian Bell collides with substitute fielder Stewart Walters as they both attempt to take a catch

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Thisara Perera falls after a brief resistance, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 5th day, May 30, 2011

Thisara Perera falls after a brief resistance

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