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There are cricketers on the pitch...amazing scenes. James Anderson with the new ball.

12.10pm Rod Bransgrove, the man behind this ground, rings the bell to signal that play is close. A proud day for him and Hampshire. Hopefully the rain will stay away.

12.05pm Hello all, Gnasher here. About 10 minutes until the action begins. It's very exciting. Scheduled close is now 7pm and we can play until 7.30pm if needed although a few more showers are forecast during the day.

11.55am James Anderson's return is a huge boost for England. With him missing at Lord's the attack seemed rudderless. With conditions in their favour now they must put up a better show. Interesting to see if Broad gets the new ball ahead of Chris Tremlett, he did at Cardiff without much success. Sri Lanka's new opening combination, with 21-year-old Thirimanne making his Test debut, could have a tough first session on their hands. That said they have batted well in both first innings this series, particularly Paranavitana, who has left the ball superbly. Speaking of, er, leaving, I'm off to find a cuppa and Gnasher will take over for a while.

11.45am England win the toss and will bowl first. "I just think there will be a bit there this morning and hopefully our bowlers can put Sri Lanka under a bit of pressure." Enlightening words from Andrew Strauss, who also confirms that Steven Finn is dropped for James Anderson, which means Stuart Broad gets another chance to increase his bowling average. Kumar Sangakkara says he too would have bowled and says, despite speculation, he's looking forward to the next five days. Lahiru Thirimanne comes in for Dilshan while Thisara Perera replaces Farveez Maharoof.

Meanwhile, Mike Selvey, the esteemed cricket correspondent of the Guardian who we've been talking about today, is looking for support for his daughter, Hannah, who is undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge which involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. "They are trying to raise £1500 in aid of SANDS, the charity for stillbirth, and neo-natal death," says Selve, "and at the moment are getting on for halfway there." You can donate to this great cause via this link.

11.40am So the mower has indeed removed all the bright green grass from the pitch but the consensus from Sky seems to be it's a bowl-first pitch. Given the way pitches refuse to deteriorate these days, bowling first seems to make sense more often than not.

11.30am Play will start at 12.15pm Lunch moved to 1.30pm, tea 4.10pm, close of play 6.45pm AND the sun is shining! Summer has arrived! At least for an hour or so. The final player profile thing, Rob Smyth, the Guardian and sometimes Cricinfo writer, has this: "All Mike Selvey's West Indies profiles are amazing, some of the most vivid sports writing I've ever read. Apart from Viv, this is my favourite." Ha, have to just add this one from Alan Harrison, who loves just how rude it is.

11.15am Umpires heading out for the inspection and let me just confirm that Aleem Dar's hair is in perfect condition. Not a single strand out of place. He can do no wrong. Doesn't look overly amused with the cold conditions though.

11.00am Right, rather than me try and guess I suggest you all keep an eye on this weather forecast, search for "Southampton" and it will reveal all.

10.50am Inspection at 11.15am Bosh! That's good news I guess. In the meanwhile, Mohan has offered this as his favourite profile. Good one it is too. Venkat has gone left-field for his favourite profile, choosing Martin Williamson's story of Vince van der Bijl. Wow, just caught a glimpse of the pitch, it's bright green. Sadly it won't stay that way because it hasn't been mowed yet. Back to favourite profiles, David Payne loves Lawrence Booth's account of The Cat. Ian V: "Just for what might have been and perhaps the best batsman I ever saw play - Barry Richards."

10.40am Anyway, from a newish ground at the Rose Bowl to one of the oldest. Teddington, who have been based in Bushy Park in Middlesex for more than a hundred years and have a thriving set-up, are faced with a bleak future because the Royal Parks have decided to close their car park, meaning players, colts etc will have to walk 400 yards from a public car park which is often too full to park in anyway. If you feel so inclined, click here to sign a petition against this.

10.30am Okay, it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off but, though there is nothing official yet, it looks fairly certain that we won't have any action for at least an hour. Which means my time would be better spent doing a few player profiles and that sort of rainy-day type activity. Speaking of profiles, which is your favourite? Mine has to be this.

10.20am The grim weather is especially disappointing for the Hampshire faithful because they have worked incredibly hard to get this ground ready for their first Test match. Ivo Tennant tells the story of how it all happened.

10.10am Hello and welcome. I bring bad and wholly predictable news: it's raining at the Rose Bowl. Anyway, I'm Sahil Dutta, back from injury to tell you about each and every drop of it. Rumours from Andrew Miller, who is at the ground with Rose (Bowl) tinted glasses, is that it's brightening up, which sounds promising. While we wait for further news, check out Gnasher's preview. Also, I'm eagerly told by the folks behind me that this is the "LAST CHANCE" to enter our competition to win a net with Graham Thorpe.

0.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, decent start on off stump, Paranavitana comes forward and defends square into the off side

Three slips and a gully in place

0.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, hint of swing back into the left hander, takes an outside edge but falls well short of gully

0.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, touch wider outside off and left alone...not a huge amount of carry through to the keeper

0.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, wrong line, on leg stump and swings down the leg side to Matt Prior...Anderson won't mind seeing the movement, though

0.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, full outside off and a comfortable leave

0.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, good length on middle and off, Paranavitana stays back in his crease and defends

A steady comeback over from Anderson

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0
NT Paranavitana    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (0b)     

Stuart Broad will share the new ball. That's interesting because Chris Tremlett has bowled much better than him in this series and this is his former homeground. First ball for Thirimanne in Test cricket

1.1

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, and it's a bouncer, quite a sharp one too, which he ducks underneath. Welcome to the big time

1.2

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, short and down the leg side, this climbs through to Prior but wasn't really a threat to the batsman

This is an important Test for Broad, he needs to start taking some wickets

1.3

Broad to Thirimanne, 1 wide, wow, that's sprayed way wide outside off stump to bring the first run of the Test...that was a horrid ball

1.3

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, now he pushes this one down the leg side and is already kicking at the foot holes...maybe a bit of dampness around, but bowlers always like a moan when they bowl a bad delivery

1.4

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, and again, down the leg side and Thirimanne raises his bat out of the line...he hasn't had to play a ball yet

1.5

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, that's more like it, back of a length on off stump and it's defended into the off side

Early look at Thirimanne suggests he is quite similar to Paranavitana in his set up

1.6

Broad to Thirimanne, 2 runs, nicely played to open his account in Test cricket, forced square off the back foot through point but the outfield is fairly slow

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0
NT Paranavitana    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, going very full in search of swing, actually ends up a low full toss which is pushed through mid-off without much timing

2.2

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, hmmm, Jimmy will like that as this moves late into the left hander who works it straight to short leg

Ian Bell now comes out of short leg and goes to square leg...a slightly defensive move early on

2.3

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, full at middle and off, punched firmly down to mid-on

2.4

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, this is the one Anderson makes go the other way across the left handers but it's too wide to make him play

2.5

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, pushed down the leg side as he searches for a full length

2.6

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, back on off stump to end the over and it's defended towards the bowler

No real alarms for the openers yet. It looks a fairly gently-paced surface.

End of over 3 (1 run) Sri Lanka 4/0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (11b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0
NT Paranavitana    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0

3.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, full outside off, hint of movement into the batsman as he leaves alone

3.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, good line just outside off and it's well judged to leave alone

3.3

Broad to Paranavitana, 2 runs, ooh, that was close as Broad went fuller at the stumps and Paranavitana's shot was almost beaten by some late movement but he manages to squeeze it past short leg

3.4

Broad to Paranavitana, 1 run, back of a length, played with soft hands into the off side and they take a scampered single which looked quite tight for a moment although was safe enough

I said played with soft hands, it actually struck his bottom glove and he needs some treatment. This quite a long delay now, not ideal after the late start. No one seems in a great rush. It's been that way all series. "They need a drink as well because they've been out there nine minutes," says a frustrated David Lloyd. He hates delays.

3.5

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, on middle and off, Broad's radar has improved a little, and it's defended on the back foot

3.6

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, the radar has gone wrong again and this is fired down the leg side...he's having a few issues

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (13b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-6-0
NT Paranavitana    4* (11b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0

4.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, nicely bowled, starts to move away from the batsman who defends awkwardly and takes his injured bottom hand off the bat

4.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, full and very wide outside off stump, no interest in playing at it

4.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, pushed very wide again and left alone...ball starting to swing but Anderson not quite getting the line right

4.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, third time in a row, full and wide and swinging away further outside off

Time to bring one back into the batsman?

4.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, 2 runs, so it is, and it's well played with a solid push into the off side...Eoin Morgan throws at the stumps and gives away an overthrow

4.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, we have a review. They are convinced he's nicked this to Prior. Hotspot isn't very clear. Might have been back pad. Don't think you can overrule this one and indeed it says not out. Was a cracking delivery which moved away late and England were adamant it was out, but no clear evidence

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (17b)      JM Anderson    3-1-3-0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (13b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-6-0

5.1

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, gets behind the line

5.2

Broad to Thirimanne, no run, defended into the leg side

5.3

Broad to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushed into the off side and so far these two have run well together

5.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, on off stump, comes forward and defends to cover

Snicko, which isn't part of the DRS, suggests there was a thin edge on that Anderson appeal

5.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, solidly behind the line

5.6

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, tighter line from Broad in this one as it's full on off stump with a hint of movement and defended again

End of over 6 (1 run) Sri Lanka 10/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (20b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-7-0
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (16b)      JM Anderson    3-1-3-0

6.1

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, swings away from Thirimanne who leaves alone but encouraging movement for Anderson

6.2

Anderson to Thirimanne, 1 run, wrong line this time and it allows a clip down to fine leg

6.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, 1 run, on leg stump and flicked down to fine leg again...Anderson doesn't looked entirely happy at the moment

6.4

Anderson to Thirimanne, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, met with a solid push between midwicket and mid-on

6.5

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, he's been solid so far and defends this comfortably into the leg side

6.6

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, goes the other way across the batsman but doesn't make him play...England don't want to waste this new ball

Right, until lunch it's back to Sahil

End of over 7 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0
HDRL Thirimanne    6* (21b)      JM Anderson    4-1-7-0
NT Paranavitana    7* (21b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-7-0

Thanks McG. Interesting start actually, quite a bit in the wicket. Which is very promising.

7.1

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, Broad is a touch short here but the line is good, nipping back a touch and it's nudges towards short leg

7.2

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, Paranavitana loves a good leave and this is wide enough for him to do so easily

7.3

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, another good leave, on length as much as anything with Broad too short, but it snaked back late which made the judgement fine

7.4

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, much better length, fuller, drawing Paranavitana half-forward to prod to leg

7.5

Broad to Paranavitana, no run, fuller again this time, possibly Broad dragging his fingers across the ball, Paranavitana leans forward to push to cover

7.6

Broad to Paranavitana, FOUR, two fullish balls are enough for Broad who decides to bang this in, only a fraction of width but Paranavitana laced a cut shot through gully. Top work from him

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0
NT Paranavitana    11* (27b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-11-0
HDRL Thirimanne    6* (21b)      JM Anderson    4-1-7-0

Strauss and Anderson just shared a long chat. Cunning plan...

8.1

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, hmm, Anderson has bowled a lot of away swingers to the lefties this morning. This is another fired across but too short and too wide

8.2

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, this is fuller and tempting Thirimanne to drive but the debutant resists

8.3

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, another big away swinger, setting him up for the inducker? Perhaps but for now Thirimanne leaves nicely

8.4

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, there was the inswinger and though it started a touch wide of off the movement did draw a poked drive and the ball slid past the edge

8.5

Anderson to Thirimanne, 3 runs, another big inswinger, somehow Thirimanne managed to get his bat in front of a planted front leg and punched it down the ground

Change of angle for Anderson, around the wicket now.

8.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, angles in and swings away but too short and wide to draw a shot

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0
NT Paranavitana    11* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-10-0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (26b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-11-0

Time for change. Strauss has had enough of Broad and Chris Tremlett comes in for the first time back at his old home ground. Big moment for him and he has three slips and a gully for it...

9.1

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, ooh, steep bounce first up, shortish length and it reared up, but it was well negotiated by Thirimanne riding the bounce

9.2

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, plenty of bounce again but it's shoved down the leg side

9.3

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, better delivery here, Tremlett venturing fuller and finds an outer-half of the bat which goes one-bounce to gully

9.4

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, another fuller ball, no great pace but a touch of inward movement. Crashes into the stomach

9.5

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, good temperament from Thirimanne, bang into line after taking the blow and defending calmly down the pitch

9.6

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, poor finish to a decent over, fired a long way down the leg side

End of over 10 (maiden) Sri Lanka 21/0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (32b)      CT Tremlett    1-1-0-0
NT Paranavitana    11* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-10-0

10.1

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, Anderson swinging it away from around the wicket looks excellent but it does take the edge off the inswinger

10.2

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, plenty of swing for Anderson, who has taken his pace down to around the low 80s, but the line isn't great

10.3

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, again Anderson is trying to tempt Paranavitana with a wide one but he leaves easily

10.4

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, another simple leave outside off stump. Inswinger coming?

10.5

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, yes. Big, hooping inswinger and it came back a mile. Paranavitana was as calm as ever in defence

10.6

Anderson to Paranavitana, no run, good delivery to finish, shaping away but from a much fuller length

End of over 11 (maiden) Sri Lanka 21/0
NT Paranavitana    11* (34b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-10-0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (32b)      CT Tremlett    1-1-0-0

The clouds have rolled in and it all looks rather grim out there. No fun for batting by the looks of things but Sri Lanka's openers have done superbly so far.

11.1

Tremlett to Thirimanne, no run, full from Tremlett, which is promising, but too wide to draw a shot

11.2

Tremlett to Thirimanne, 1 run, with the length pulled back Thirimanne can hang on the crease and push this past short leg

11.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, more nonsense down the leg side

"Some pretty ugly clouds starting to roll in from behind the pavilion," says Miller between cups of coffee. I reckon he read it on comms.

11.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, ooh, a lot fuller from Tremlett, swinging in a touch as well and almost brushes off the pad onto the leg stump. Would have been an unlucky way to go

11.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, again Tremlett heads leg side

11.6

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, finally the right line is found - just outside off stump - the bowler is rewarded with a play and miss. Might have got more if it was fuller. Oh for Graham Onions, the only bowler in England who seems to regularly bowl a hit-the-stumps length

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 22/0
NT Paranavitana    11* (38b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    2-1-1-0
HDRL Thirimanne    10* (34b)      JM Anderson    6-2-10-0

12.1

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, Anderson continues from around the wicket, and is a touch short this delivery, Thirimanne defends solidly

12.2

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, excellent line, touch of movement away too. Now, pitch it up. Thirimanne's defence is again very calm

12.3

Anderson to Thirimanne, no run, swing takes this from wide of off stump to wider and Thirimanne eases his bat above his head

12.4

Anderson to Thirimanne, 1 wide, tennis-ball bounce here from a short length, still some bounce is better than none. Prior jumps and seems to hang in the air a long time to collect

12.4

Anderson to Thirimanne, OUT, this time it's full, finds the edge of a slightly loose drive and a very simple catch for Strauss at first slip! Thirimanne's maiden innings showed promise but he'll be disappointed with the shot to get out

HDRL Thirimanne c Strauss b Anderson 10 (62m 38b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.31

Sri Lanka's captain, of sorts, Kumar Sangakkara is the new man and could well do with a score, could be his last Test in England.

12.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, swings a long way but is too short to bother the batsman

12.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, too wide to finish the over and another simple leave

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 23/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    7-2-11-1
NT Paranavitana    11* (38b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    2-1-1-0

Tharanga Paranavitana is re-taking his guard, it'll be Chris Tremlett to resume proceedings with three slips, two gully fielders, and a short leg in place.

3.17pm Man alive! Towering dark clouds are circling the ground ... but the rain has stayed away, and we're moments from a re-start. Fingers crossed people! Here come the umpires ...

Michael: "All the posters banging on about 5 bowlers should have a think back to when we last tried this at Leeds in 2009."

3.05pm A couple of schedule changes due to the weather, but we have a start time: Play will start 3.20pm, with tea taken at 4.40pm and 53 overs due to be bowled today.

Martin Hewitt provides some figures to mull: "Since he came into the side Finn has taken 50 wickets at 26.92 with a strike rate of a wicket every 41.4 balls. Anderson's figures are 60, 20.68 and 47.2; Swann's 69, 24.55 and 53.4; Tremlett's 25, 25.40 and 47.8; Broad's 28, 37.96 and 74.6. England have a successful 4-bowler policy and don't need Broad's batting."

2.55pm Andrew Strauss is pacing about the outfield, waiting for the umpires, whose inspection is imminent. England are obviously keen to get back out there as soon as possible.

2.45pm There'll be an inspection by the umpires at 3.00pm, and if it stays as sunny as it is now we'll have play shortly after that. Also, we've just had another look at the wicket and it's definitely taken on a greenish tinge and seems to have juiced up since this morning. Could make the afternoon interesting!

Ray Yates: "Seems to me we pretty much all agree that in the absense of a genuine all rounder we should be going with 5 bowlers!"

Duncan Kellard believes he's found the perfect formula: "With all the flat pitches Steve H is right. Not least as Prior is averaging 45 as a genuine allrounder who can hold his own at 6. Plus we have, in Broad, Bresnan, Swann and Rashid, the luxury of 4 top bowlers who are all capable of regular 50s and the occasional century, making a side with only one genuine tailender. Sorted."

"What is the point of having Broad, Tremlett and Finn," asks Tim. "If 2 can't do the job then 3 won't either. Better to drop Broad for Finn and pick another spinner, a leggie if England have one, for Morgan."

2.35pm Breaking news! The sun is actually out at the Rose Bowl, there's blue sky aplenty and we should soon have a re-start.

Mark Kidger: "@Steve, England are not going to pick 5 specialist bowlers (this begs the question as to whether or not Stuart Broad is to be considered a specialist or an all-rounder, but he is being picked mainly to take wickets)."

"When Bresnan is fully fit there is a definite case for dropping a batsman," writes Simon. "With Bresnan, Broad, Swann at 7, 8, 9. That said, I think Broad should be dropped."

"Another idea on selection might be to play an allrounder at 6 or 7," adds James. "The most obvious candidates are Adil Rashid or Samit Patel (Rashid possibly offers more as a bowler, Patel more with the bat). A more left field candidate, particularly in the limited overs games, might be Graham Napier."

Adamski: "England don't need 6 specialist batsman plus Prior, who averages 40 plus anyway. We need to take 20 wickets, which will be even more difficult against India and have a good batch of 5th bowlers to choose from: Finn, Bresnan, Onions and, dare I say it...Panesar!"

"Do the ECB selectors run an "if he's fit he plays" policy with some players?" asks Ray Yates. "Geoff Boycott reasons that Graham Onions would be a more effective bowler in these conditions and for once I think I agree with him."

James presents an opposing view to Steve Holdsworth's: "Interesting thought from Mark Kidger. An alternative is to play both Broad and Finn, and drop a batsman (probably Morgan, although he's done nothing really wrong). England appear to have a pretty solid top 5 at present, and Prior is good enough to bat at 6."

2.20pm We've just seen more live pictures from the Rose Bowl, where it has stopped raining and the mopping-up is fully underway. More updates to follow!

"I don't know why England couldn't have picked Broad AND Finn, and rested Morgan," writes Steve Holdsworth. "A specialist batsman at No. 6 is a luxury we don't need in this match, especially with Broad and Swann capable of scoring runs in the lower/middle order."

A thought for the day, from Mark Kidger: "given that runs have not been a problem for England so far in this series, would Finn possibly have been a better pick than Broad, who is still obviously struggling a bit?"

2.10pm The covers are still on, though it has brightened considerably out in the middle. We've not heard anything about an official re-start time yet, but when we do we'll let you know.

Few spots of rain and it's very dank and... on come the covers. I suspect that will be lunch too. Real shame for Thirimanne who did so well to battle through most of the session before a loose shot removed him two balls before the rain arrived. Mixed bag from England again the wicket makes things okay. Poor Gnasher has had to hurry his lunch bulletin out because of the rain but when it is done it will be well worth a read I'm sure. As for me, I am desperately hungry so Liam Brickhill will take over when the next session gets underway.

13.1

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, Tremlett hits the channel straight away, this one holding its line as it angles across the left-hander, who leaves alone by whipping his hands inside the line

13.2

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, good bounce, good carry, as we've come to expect from Tremlett. The line is still a little too wide to get Paranavitana playing

13.3

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, this one hits the seam and jags back in, but Tremlett had over-corrected his line and it shoots harmlessly down the leg side

13.4

Tremlett to Paranavitana, no run, hmm, now has this one kept a little low? No change in effort from Tremlett, but it dies off the pitch. Left alone again

13.5

Tremlett to Paranavitana, OUT, full, swinging back in, and Tremlett has his man! The bowler went very full, practically a yorker, and Paranavitana was beaten by late movement through the air and struck on the back pad in front of middle. An early wicket for England, just as the dark clouds roll over the ground once more!

NT Paranavitana lbw b Tremlett 11 (67m 43b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.58

Well, a dramatic change in the field. Strauss aims for all-out attack, no less than six slips and a short leg in place!

13.6

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Tremlett jars the gloves first ball, getting one to rise up at Jayawardene off a good length

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 23/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (1b)      CT Tremlett    3-2-1-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    7-2-11-1

Anderson to resume from the opposite end. Three slips and a gully place, as well as a short extra cover, and he's going to go round the wicket to Sangakkara

14.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, leaving the left-hander through the air, but starting well wide of off and going further. Easily left alone

14.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, this one is angled in and holds its line, Sangakkara tucks off the hip down to fine leg

Well, it's just started to rain again, and the groundstaff are looking fidgety near the covers. Umbrellas up in the crowd. They'll stay on for now

14.3

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, squared up! Great, attacking swing bowling from Anderson. He angled the ball in full, and swung it away very late. Jayawardene had committed himself to a nudge to leg, and was turned around by the movement, the leading edge rolling into the covers

14.4

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this one hits the seam and moves back in, Jayawardene is right behind it in defence

And now the sun is shining! Odd weather this.

14.5

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, very full again, Jayawardene digs it out to cover

14.6

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, shaping away from the right-hander, who steps forward and across and raises his arms to leave

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 24/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    8-2-12-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (4b)      CT Tremlett    3-2-1-1

15.1

Tremlett to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, Tremlett lands one on a leg-stump line, the ball hits the thigh pad and they take the chance for a quick single

Six slips in place again

15.2

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene is struck on the pad by one angling in, and there's a muted lbw appeal ... definitely going over the top of leg

15.3

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, fuller, but nicely straight again. Jayawardene nudges to midwicket for a single

Just three slips and a gully for Sangakkara

15.4

Tremlett to Sangakkara, no run, Tremlett keeps the batsman on the back foot, digging one in short. Sangakkara spotted it straight away, though, swaying out of harm's way in good time

15.5

Tremlett to Sangakkara, no run, pushed fuller and wider of the batsman. Not quite there for the drive, and Sangakkara wisely leaves well alone

15.6

Tremlett to Sangakkara, 1 run, Tremlett shapes one back in and Sangakkara helps himself to a glanced single down to fine leg

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 29/2
KC Sangakkara    2* (8b)      CT Tremlett    4-2-5-1
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (7b)      JM Anderson    8-2-12-1

16.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Anderson stays round the wicket to Sangakkara, but this one is shoved well down the leg side

16.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Anderson wobbles a full one away from the batsman, who leaves alone. The ball swings in the opposite direction on its way to Prior, good take from him

16.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, wider still, and another leave. It'd be suicide to push the bat out at a ball this wide

16.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, another wide delivery, swinging away, another leave. Is Anderson setting him up for the one that comes back in?

16.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, yes indeed, this one is fired straight at the pads, but Sangakkara is wise to Anderson's plan and has it well covered

16.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, OUT, gone! Edged and caught behind! That's a really poor short from a good batsman. The ball is hooping around on a pitch with a greenish tinge, and he needlessly flings the bat out at a wide one. The shot of a distracted man? The ball took a healthy edge and nestled in Prior's gloves, and Sri Lanka sink deeper at 29 for 3

KC Sangakkara c †Prior b Anderson 2 (21m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 29/3
     JM Anderson    9-3-12-2
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (7b)      CT Tremlett    4-2-5-1

17.1

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on a length and holding its line outside off, Jayawardene hops into a leave

17.2

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten outside off by a brute of a delivery! This spat off the pitch and jagged away late, beating the shoulder of the bat as Jayawardene jumped back to defend. A wry smile from the bowler, and ripple of applause from an appreciative crowd

17.3

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leaving the bat from a good length, Jayawardene offers no shot

"I see Prior has a fancy new pair of gloves," quips Dan Lucas. "Wonder what happened to the old pair..."

17.4

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, straighter from Tremlett, Jayawardene defends from the crease

17.5

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nice shape away from the bat, but the swing starts early and it's easily left alone

17.6

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller and straighter, Jayawardene nudges gently to midwicket

End of over 18 (maiden) Sri Lanka 29/3
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (13b)      CT Tremlett    5-3-5-1
TT Samaraweera    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    9-3-12-2

6.00pm We're ready to go. Well, I hope the players are, I don't feel very ready at all. It's an everything-to-lose session for Sri Lanka, they can't progress but if things go wrong they could put themselves in serious bother. James Anderson has the ball, Andrew Strauss has plenty of slips...

5.55pm "Why not just start now!" thunders Gnasher, as the players stream out onto the field bathed in sunshine. Play will start in five minutes.

5.50pm "I used to like this profile of Mohammad Asif," says Hala. "But now that he's gone and scratched himself out of the game it's just sad. His against India was some of the best bowling I have ever seen."

5.40pm Play to restart at 6.00pm and can go on until 7.00pm. 20 overs possibly. Possibly. So for the next twenty minutes you could have a read of A Lahore landing, by Rahul Bhattacharya. No real reason why, other than it's rather good. Or if that's too irrelevant how about this? No? Okay well, as Liam (and a host of others) point out, how about this for a profile - Hedley Verity.

5.30pm Sun out now, so are the umpires. All is well with the world again. Sort of. If this translates into actual cricket, I'll let you know. Apparently 11 hours of play this series have now been lost. But people like Bruce Purnell keep things interesting by pointing to good profiles like Jack Russell's.

5.20pm Raining again. If you have stuff to do I suggest get on with it because any more cricket looks unlikely. Oh hang on, Miller assures me that the covers are coming off again and it was just a quick shower. Paul, and a number of other you say this: "The silence is probably because the rankings cannot be downloaded!" Ah sorry about that, the power of Cricinfo means I think we've overloaded the ICC webpage. Alas. Keep with it, mighty interesting reading when it does arrive!

5.10pm Clearly those rankings have stunned you into silence. So how about this: inspection at 5.30pm.

In other news, it's National Cricket Day on June 23 and to celebrate Chance to Shine are hosting a 'Dream Cricket School'. "Where else would you find coming together the Sports Minister, Governor of the Bank of England, an Ashes-winning cricketer, a cricket broadcaster, an ITV weather presenter and the Barmy Army trumpeter?" asks the press release.

Sounds like a lark and it's happening in an inner-city London primary school as one of 10 flagship events taking place across the country. Nearly 4,000 schools have registered for Brit Insurance National Cricket Day and are planning cricket-themed lessons in class, coaching in the playground, competitions at local cricket clubs and beach cricket festivals.

5.00pm It's a bit brighter and the umpires duly stroll out to assess things. No sign of cricket starting any time soon mind. So for japes, have a look at the bowling rankings on this day 10 years ago and for 20 years ago. Interesting stuff, no?

4.50pm We've been discussing the best Cricinfo player profiles and Liam has staked his claim with this. Gavin Ewing now has more written about him than Viv Richards and Malcolm Marshall put together.

Glen Malcolm has some good news, of sorts: "Just over on the other side of The Solent (20 miles as the crow flies), it is glorious sunshine."

4.30pm Still raining. Sky are showing highlights of brighter times. I'm reading The Old Batsman's blog, Liam is doing player profiles, nothing to see here. Any news we do get will be fired your way instantly.

"It's glorious sunshine outside the office in Wakefield. I would be willing to trade with Southampton if the weather God's will let me.............anything to get the cricket started...again. It's like waiting for Goddo," says Sam Johnson. The play that never was.

4.05pm It's raining, by the way. Covers spread far and wide. No cricket for a while.

3.50pm Tea has officially been taken, and will run from 3.46pm to 4.06pm. Speaking of tea, Liam has pottered off to find a round of it so it's Sahil here.

Ashok isn't happy with what he's seen from the Big Two: "Sanga and Jayawardene would have done well to have packed the IPL and come to England 2/3 weeks earlier...esp given their 'junior' Dilshan had sacrificed it. They got their priorities awfully wrong, the results are there for everyone to see and sadly it's been a poor veteran show on what is mostly the duo's last tour of England." Fair gripes Ashok, though it does seem like there are all kinds of off-field pressures going on behind the scenes.

So, no cricket at the Rose Bowl, for now, but half a world away in Jamaica West Indies have India in some trouble in the fifth ODI at Sabina Park.

3.46pm Bad news, the rain is coming down again and it's quite heavy this time. The crowd raise their umbrellas as the covers are brought out once again. The players leave the field

18.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, the crowd manage to drum up some noise as Anderson runs in, it's a fairly gentle start from the bowler as the away swinger starts wide and goes wider

18.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, good delivery this time though, straighter, full, swinging away late and Samaraweera's defence was a flat-footed poke

18.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, more secure in his judgement this time, Samaraweera leaves all alone

18.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, Anderson jumps wider to angle this in, but can't angle it in enough to draw a shot

18.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, that's the one Anderson is looking for. Angles in almost towards middle stump before veering away late and turning Samaraweera around in defence

18.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, FOUR, Anderson suffers the Icarus curse, striving for the sun (or start leg-hit off) and the swing disappears, leaving Samaraweera the chance to help himself to a boundary clipped around the corner

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 33/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-16-2
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (13b)      CT Tremlett    5-3-5-1

19.1

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Tremlett starts with six slips and a short leg but is too wide of off stump

19.2

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again Jayawardene is given a sighter outside off

19.3

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much better delivery in terms of line, but it's too short to be a threat, seaming away past off stump

19.4

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, steep bounce from a shortish length, Jayawardene rises with it, drops his bottom hand and pops it onto the leg side. Lovely batting

19.5

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again if this was a couple of foot fuller it would be deadly. As it is it's merely good

19.6

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, plenty of bounce from a length, so much so it was still on it's way up when it reached Prior and crashed into his chest

End of over 20 (maiden) Sri Lanka 33/3
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (19b)      CT Tremlett    6-4-5-1
TT Samaraweera    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-16-2

If you look at our HawkEye feature, you'll see how few deliveries England have bowled would actually have hit the stumps.

20.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, this is a good nut from Anderson, squaring the batsman up in defence

20.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, excellent length from Anderson, drawing Samaraweera reluctantly forward. Clips him on the bottom hand as he defends

20.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, at the moment Samaraweera isn't moving his feet at all. His defence looks shaky as a result

20.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, no need for foot movement here, instead just a simple leave

20.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, again Samaraweera leaves but this all looks rather like an inswinger is coming

20.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, pfft, what do I know. Instead it's an away-swinging length ball that Samaraweera for no good reason pokes to gully. Should have left it

End of over 21 (maiden) Sri Lanka 33/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-4-16-2
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (19b)      CT Tremlett    6-4-5-1

21.1

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, Tremlett finds the right length but wrong line so Jayawardene nurdles around the corner

21.2

Tremlett to Samaraweera, 1 run, Samaraweera jumps as he plays this to deep square

21.3

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, still a touch too short but Tremlett isn't a pitch-up bowler, comes off the thigh and loops over short leg

21.4

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, nips back from a shortish length and Samaraweera prods one-bounce to Bell under the lid

21.5

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, beauty from Tremlett, who finds a fuller length and nips it away off the seam past the outside edge

21.6

Tremlett to Samaraweera, 1 run, good ball is followed by one that is just a touch too close to leg stump, Samaraweera comfortably turns it down to fine leg

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 37/3
TT Samaraweera    6* (16b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    7-4-7-1
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (21b)      JM Anderson    11-4-16-2

22.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, Anderson running in very gently, focussing on control, swings this away but it's left alone

22.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, 1 run, this catches Samaraweera on the crease as an inside edge is squeezed to deep square

22.3

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good delivery this, drawing Jayawardene forward and finding an edge. Soft hands ensured no problem for the batsman

22.4

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good judgement from Jayawardene who has hardly played at a single one he hasn't needed to

22.5

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, after a string of outswingers this one hoops back in, finding the inside-half of the bat and heading off to deep square

22.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, away-swinging yorker is smartly dug out by Samaraweera who got his feet out the way just in time

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 39/3
TT Samaraweera    7* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-18-2
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (24b)      CT Tremlett    7-4-7-1

23.1

Tremlett to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, Tremlett gets his man again! Jayawardene gone and Sri Lanka in trouble. Top delivery it was too, seaming away from back of a length, flicking the shoulder of the bat and Prior moved swiftly to his right to snaffle the chance

DPMD Jayawardene c †Prior b Tremlett 4 (39m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.00

Two wickets now for the homecoming boy and Prasanna Jayawardene is the new man. Big job on his hands.

23.2

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, confident start from the new Jayawardene, decisively forward to defend back down the pitch. Really good start from him

23.3

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Tremlett running in better this delivery, aims fuller too, which surely must be the way forward. Too wide to draw a shot though

23.4

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, another good delivery, this time straighter, finds another very confident forward block

23.5

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, it's a difficult thing to talk about but Jayawardene's body language has been superb. Very difficult conditions but he looks up for a scrap

23.6

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, solidly defended to end an excellent, wicket-taking over

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 39/4
HAPW Jayawardene    0* (5b)      CT Tremlett    8-5-7-2
TT Samaraweera    7* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-18-2

James Anderson has been taken out of the attack and with Sri Lanka in trouble Strauss has called for Stuart Broad. He could do with a decent spell, given the new ball he was poor with it.

24.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, plenty of movement off the wicket to start with for Broad but it was short and wide

24.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, slightly closer this time but not close enough to make Samaraweera play

24.3

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, and again it's too wide. Hmm

24.4

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, much much better, aiming towards off stump and Samaraweera is hurried in defence

24.5

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, good delivery this one, fullish and zipping away a long way. Good judgement from the batsman to leave

24.6

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, tentative,poked defence as Broad locates a good line again

End of over 25 (maiden) Sri Lanka 39/4
TT Samaraweera    7* (25b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-11-0
HAPW Jayawardene    0* (5b)      CT Tremlett    8-5-7-2

25.1

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Prior is sent tumbling down the leg side as Tremlett fires down a horrid delivery

25.2

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 4 leg byes, Tremlett gets his line wrong again and it flicks the thigh pad and runs away past Prior to the fine leg boundary

25.3

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, after two loose deliveries Tremlett finds a better line and forces a solid block

25.4

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, inviting drive-me-please delivery floated up outside off, Jayawardene scorns the offer

25.5

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, that's a cracker. Hit a length and flew past the edge, Prior ended up taking it above his head. Early days but the groundsman seems to have done a great job here

25.6

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 wide, oh dear, snorter is followed up by a bouncer so short it almost hit Tremlett's toes. Wide called and rightly so

25.6

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, the crowd get very excited as Ian Bell dives to catch this at short leg. Trouble for them is that it was off the thigh pad

End of over 26 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 44/4
HAPW Jayawardene    0* (11b)      CT Tremlett    9-5-8-2
TT Samaraweera    7* (25b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-11-0

26.1

Broad to Samaraweera, 2 byes, another one that flies off the pitch through to Prior. Just to make the keeper's life more tricky it suddenly started to swing back, straight towards Prior's face. Ended up having to palm it off his cheek almost!

26.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, Broad is celebrating, but prematurely. Good delivery though, sharp, seamed back and crashed into the rib before looping to short leg. Hostile stuff

26.3

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, Samaraweera possibly had his mind on the last delivery here as, from the crease, he pokes at one outside off

26.4

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, just a fraction fuller and Broad will be in business. The line is good, starting off, and it zips away

26.5

Broad to Samaraweera, FOUR, wow, quality shot from Samaraweera here. Pops on his toes, eases the bat through the line and it flies to the point boundary

26.6

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, again short leg holds a catch off the thigh. This time the crowd is aware of what's going on

End of over 27 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 50/4
TT Samaraweera    11* (31b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-15-0
HAPW Jayawardene    0* (11b)      CT Tremlett    9-5-8-2

27.1

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, this time short leg does collect off the bat, and almost reaches it on the full diving forward

27.2

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good length from Tremlett and plenty of movement back into the batsman. Real battle this, none of that benign-surface tedium of Lord's

27.3

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, loose shot from Jayawardene, didn't need to play but just groped at this. To be fair it was a good delivery, zipping away from a length

27.4

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, ooh, after the one that goes away this one jags back into the midriff. Ouch

27.5

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, the hostile stuff that preceded this probably drew this stroke. Very tentative, airy drive swished outside off. Flew off the edge but safely down to third man to get the batsman off the mark

27.6

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, this time it's a touch too wide

End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 54/4
HAPW Jayawardene    4* (17b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    10-5-12-2
TT Samaraweera    11* (31b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-15-0

28.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, Broad finds the infamous Oval-length. And is all the better for it. Samaraweera's defence is uneasy

28.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, the good one is followed by a poor one, dragged down short and outside off

28.3

Broad to Samaraweera, 3 runs, strange shot from Samaraweera, seemed to decide to play this very late and ended up bottom edging through the slips

28.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good delivery here, seaming away from a length. Left all alone though

28.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene is confident again in defence

28.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, touch too wide for Jayawardene to be interested in

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/4
HAPW Jayawardene    4* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-18-0
TT Samaraweera    14* (34b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    10-5-12-2

29.1

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, I suspect the delivery that Tremlett got Paranavitana out with is the only one he's bowled today that would have hit the stumps

29.2

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, good defence from the batsman, hopping to get over the ball

29.3

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, too wide again, too short as well

29.4

Tremlett to Samaraweera, 1 no ball, better delivery but a no ball, which is very rare for an England bowler

29.4

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, steep bounce has Samaraweera ripping off his bottom hand as he defends. But really it was short and wide of off, why play it at all?

29.5

Tremlett to Samaraweera, FOUR, ooh, that's a good one. Had to play this for sure. Heading for off and finding the outside edge, unfortunately for the bowler it heads through the slips to third man

29.6

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, even better to finish the over, zipping away from a fuller length, past the outside edge through to Prior

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 62/4
TT Samaraweera    18* (41b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    11-5-17-2
HAPW Jayawardene    4* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-18-0

James Anderson is back, which I reckon means a change of ends for Broad.

30.1

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Anderson is fuller that either of the tall bowlers but not for the first time today, a touch too wide

30.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again this is very wide, must have been close to being called

30.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, this is straighter and brings calm defence

30.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, steered towards point as Anderson finds good bounce from a length

30.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, Anderson ventures full searching for a drive, finds a careful one that is nicely placed wide of point

30.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 leg byes, this heads down the leg side and flicks the thigh on it's way to Tremlett at fine leg

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 66/4
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-20-2
TT Samaraweera    18* (41b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    11-5-17-2

Broad does indeed replace Tremlett. Three slips and a gully wait. Short leg too...

31.1

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, short ball hammered down and Samaraweera looks uncomfortable as he fends this away

31.2

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, excellent follow-up ball, full and swinging away demanding a defence from the batsman but it skims past the edge

31.3

Broad to Samaraweera, no run, another good one, Broad persisting with the full length, which is exactly what he should be doing. Samaraweera doesn't look at ease, but defends well enough

31.4

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, little bit too short, allows the batsman to get up on his toes and brush this to leg

31.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene made a very late decision to play this, and his bat was still on it;s way down when Prior collected

31.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, excellent over from Broad ends with tentative defence

Time for a change here, Liam to take you to lights out.

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 67/4
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-19-0
TT Samaraweera    19* (45b 3x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-20-2

Thanks, Sahil. Anderson continues ...

32.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, snaking back in towards the batsman, who defends to leg with a hop

32.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, FOUR, shot! Samaraweera is down on bended knee to thrash this through the covers. It was full and wide, his feet didn't move much but his head was level and his hands were in a great position for the shot

32.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, Anderson responds by pulling his length back a touch, Samaraweera defends from the crease

As Shane Warne has just astutely pointed out, Anderson won't actually mind that drive too much - the ball was full, wide and swinging away, and he could easily have edged it

32.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, on a length and straight from Anderson, Thilan defends back down the track

32.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, Anderson offers up a hint of width, Samaraweera stands tall and punches hard into the covers

32.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, 4 leg byes, pushed down the leg side, the ball strikes the thigh pad and races away to the fine leg boundary ... but was he actually playing a stroke there? Anderson doesn't seem to think so, and is left standing with hands on hips as the field swaps over around him

End of over 33 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 75/4
TT Samaraweera    23* (51b 4x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-24-2
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-19-0

33.1

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, a good, full delivery is defended down the track

33.2

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Broad shapes this one away from Prasanna, who raises his hands high to leave

33.3

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again Broad finds movement, but it's very gentle and Prasanna leans forward to defend

33.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, big appeal! He was hit on the front pad by one that jagged back in off the pitch, Broad thinks he's got his man but the umpire disagrees. Strauss walks forward from slip, smiling, and then shakes his head - no review

33.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, another outswinger, Prasanna responds with a well-judged leave

33.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Broad bangs the final delivery in quite short, and Prasanna is up on tip-toe to defend

End of over 34 (maiden) Sri Lanka 75/4
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (34b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-19-0
TT Samaraweera    23* (51b 4x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-24-2

34.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, swinging away, but swinging from the hand and Samaraweera can easily leave alone

34.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, speared down the leg side by Anderson, Samaraweera misses the glance and that's a good take by Prior

34.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, good length from Anderson, and Samaraweera is neither forward nor back as he defends to cover

34.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, Anderson pitches up, and Samaraweera is tempted into an injudicious swipe! The ball zips past the outside edge of a loose drive

34.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, moving away again, this time Samaraweera covers his off stump and leaves well alone

34.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, and Anderson ends the over with another outswinger, which is also left alone

End of over 35 (maiden) Sri Lanka 75/4
TT Samaraweera    23* (57b 4x4)      JM Anderson    15-5-24-2
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (34b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-19-0

Broad continues

35.1

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, short of length and straight, Prasanna misses a whip to leg and the ball ends up at his feet

35.2

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, fuller, landing wide and going further away through the air. Prasanna leaves alone

35.3

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Broad went wider on the crease this time and pushed the ball in at off stump to draw a forward defensive from Prasanna

35.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 wide, very short indeed, and this balloons over the batsman ... Yep, that's called wide, really climbed over him

Broad has almost no cover in front of square on the off side, so it's unlikely he'll offer anything to drive. More short stuff to follow

35.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, full of length, but again it's quite wide and easily left

35.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, beaten on the outside edge! I wasn't expecting anything pitched up, and neither, it seems, was Prasanna, who was late in getting into position to drive

35.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, and another leave to end the over

End of over 36 (1 run) Sri Lanka 76/4
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (40b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-2-20-0
TT Samaraweera    23* (57b 4x4)      JM Anderson    15-5-24-2

Anderson to bowl his final over of the day - no sign of a late entry from Swann

36.1

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, outswinger from Jimmy, he gets appreciable movement but Samaraweera doesn't have to play at it

36.2

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, change-up from Anderson! This one hooped in through the air and Samaraweera only seemed to spot it very late, but re-adjusted to defend to cover

36.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, another outswinger pushed wide of off, Samaraweera lets it go by

36.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, fuller, but wider still and Samaraweera doesn't even think of a shot

36.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, on a length outside off, this time Samaraweera plays a shot, defending to cover

36.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, beaten by a beauty! A virtually unplayable delivery, it was angled in and moved away very late. Samaraweera had to play, and is rooted to the crease as the ball buzzes past his outside edge

End of over 37 (maiden) Sri Lanka 76/4
TT Samaraweera    23* (63b 4x4)      JM Anderson    16-6-24-2
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (40b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-2-20-0

Stuart Broad to close out the day

37.1

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, ah, that's not pretty. Broad bangs one in very short down the leg side

37.2

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, 3 runs, this one is floated up outside off, Prasanna meeting it with a straight-batted drive that sends the ball rolling through straight mid-off ... and they're back for a third before the ball is hurled in

37.3

Broad to Samaraweera, 1 run, short of a good length from Broad, Samaraweera hops back and across and picks up a single to midwicket

37.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, that is a good length, but it's just outside off and Prasanna's judgement is good enough for him to let it go

37.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, slightly fuller and angling in, the ball comes off the pad and loops past a diving Ian Bell at short leg ... but it's just come off the pad

37.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, good delivery to finish, the ball taking a thick inside edge and rolling down to fine leg

And that is stumps on the first day at the Rose Bowl, Sri Lanka 81 for 4. It's been a frustrating day, with the weather unpredictable and wet. Now, of course, bright sunshine is bathing the ground. Let's just hope the sun also comes out tomorrow.

Today's breaks wouldn't have made things any easier for Sri Lanka's batsmen on a pitch that sweated under the covers and took on a greenish tinge. They may also have affected Stuart Broad's rhythm - again, he wasn't quite at his best. Anderson and Tremlett were exemplary, however, each picking up two wickets. Read all about a day that has seen some good cricket despite the poor weather in Andrew McGlashan's bulletin. There are also some rather stunning photos in our match gallery.

Sahil Dutta, Liam Brickhill and - before he took up bulletin duties - Andrew McGlashan were your commentators today. Please join us again at 11.00am BST tomorrow, and check in a little later tonight for Andrew Miller's always-readable take on the day's play. Goodbye for now!

End of over 38 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 81/4
HAPW Jayawardene    10* (45b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    11-2-25-0
TT Samaraweera    24* (64b 4x4)      JM Anderson    16-6-24-2

1.10pm The players were out there earlier, but went off and are late coming back out. Late. Having waited all this time. Now there is the huddle. Eventually play might start. James Anderson will start things off. "next break? we'll still be on 81/4" scoffs Dan.

1.05pm Unbelievably, we're almost ready to go. The players are out there, the pitch still looks deliciously sprightly, the clouds look, well, never mind about the clouds. So what do you folks reckon will be the score by the time the next break comes?

12.50pm Still not raining! Having just scoffed lunch rather too quickly, it delights me that my rush back to the desk has been rewarded with an email about Aleem Dar's hair. "For prematurely balding/follicly challenged folk like me," says Johnners, "the sight of Aleem's pristine bonce is unsettling. It reminds me wistfully of the halcyon days when my name was John not 'baldy.' Still, at least Aleem's hair is real - unlike those traitors Gooch/Vaughan/Warne/Rooney."

12.25pm According to Miller, there is some hopeful talk of play starting at 1.10pm if there is no more rain. Big if, that. Covers are coming off, for what it's worth. On the off chance that we do actually get cricket at 1.10pm I'm going to run off now to the ESPN cafe and claim my Friday fish and chips. Heady times.

12.10pm Lunch will be at 12.30pm I hope that applies to me as well.

12.05pm Two South Africans offered by Karthik. Telford Vice on Eddie Barlow and Robert Houwing on Graeme Pollock.

Meanwhile, Javed has an Aleem Dar story but it might be in the fiction category. "One of my friend is close to Aleem and he once told me that he has some strange ways to concentrate on the line of the ball. In practice he stares at the wicket and get some kids to throw tennis balls fast across the pitch with number written on each one. He then guess the numbers on the fast moving ball. Not sure how it helps but he does take his trade seriously." The last six words are definitely true, the rest I'm not convinced.

11.45am "My favourite My Favourite Cricketer article?" Yes Patrick. "Got to be this one by John Benaud on the man who just ran in and went whang"

Alan Harrison is a man of fine taste. "The best "my favourite cricketer" piece for me is Marcus Berkmann on Derek Randall. Especially like the bit about arguing in a pub about whether Randall saved 18 or 23 runs a day in field. Talk about having time on one's hands..."

Selvan, meanwhile, likes this on Sunny's World Cup go-slow. "Really surprised on the way Indian batsmen, particularly Sunny, chased the score of 334. Even there was a picture of an Indian fan pleading the batsmen at the center to score some runs."

11.10am Right. It's still raining and, frankly, you've got better things to do. Any big news we hear of so will you. Until then find an obscure article on Cricinfo you like and share it with the class.

Avi Singh: "For me Rohit Brijnath's piece on Mohammad Azharuddin. Clipping your toenails at a press conference!"

Aleem Dar stories From the youthful Ben Jackson, who is an aspiring umpire in need of your vote: "I met Alem Dar at a supermarket in Melbourne last year, I can tell you his hair is perfect even off the field! Meeting him was a thrill for me, being a young umpire aspiring to make it to the international stage."

And Mutahir: "Meet him once on a small "Dhabba"...had a great chat about cricket and how different it is to his own cricketing days. had a good laugh as he isnt that old And yes..he treated us on the food and tea :)"

11.00am Yesterday's rain discussion was about favourite Cricinfo player profiles so I've done some digging around the site to ask what is your favourite, 'My Favourite Cricketer' piece? For many reasons I like this one.

In the meantime, Mike Barber has an excellent riff. Favourite Aleem Dar moment? "Aleem Dar - stayed in the same hotel as Aleem in Barbados during the last England tour in 2009. Our group organised a table tennis competition and he joined in and won it! He then gave us a few table tennis signals during the test! Great bloke."

Wake up! Mark Kidger talking science! "No one knows why a heavy atmosphere makes the ball swing more. Lab studies have looked for links between the humidity and the seam (for example, does it swell in a heavy atmosphere and thus exert more influence? Is it the density of the air?) and failed to find them."

10.50am Here's the Doc's prognosis: "Based on the weather forecast for the next couple of days, is there any chance of the test being called off today?" Would save a lot of people a lot of trouble." Now there's a plan. Call it off, head down the pub, see you there about 12ish? Sadly not.

Mark Kidger, who is not only Cricinfo's most diligent feedbacker but has written a book on the physics of cricket has this: "On a better day for the bowlers, Sri Lanka might have been 7 or 8 down. When rain is taking chunks out of the game that makes a difference; certainly at Lords the slow start by the bowlers probably cost England the win." So Mark, tell us, why does a heavy atmosphere make the ball swing more?

Aleem Dar watch! Seriously. The man is the most capable, smooth human being in cricket. He's wandered out onto the pitch for a glance, but, just to cheer the crowds, found a ball on the outfield, and, easy as you like, back flicked it up with his feet to his fellow umpire Rod Tucker. What's more his perfect hair didn't flicker a millimetre.

10.40am Here's Miller! "Not yet grim here, but it's heading that way. Covers firmly in place, a few spots of rain in the air. Plenty more where that's come from." Bah. Oh well, at least there are the Two Chucks. Done with that, then read Miller's work from yesterday.

"Let's hope for some play today," says James forlornly. "Thought England bowled okay (but no better) yesterday. Tremlett was the best bowler, but Broad was poor (too short and sprayed it around). The clue here is that 25% of Sri Lanka's runs are extras." Broad was shoddy with the new ball I thought but his final spell was probably his best of the summer I thought. Still, he's under plenty of pressure, there are many good pacemen eyeing his place. Onions, Bresnan, Finn, Shahzad, Dernbach...

10.30am Hello and welcome to drop-by-drop coverage of the rain at the Rose Bowl. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Andrew McGlashan and Liam Brickhill to bring you today's action. The forecast isn't great but you never know.

Reflecting on yesterday there really was some excellent cricket. Nigel Gray, the head groundsman, deserves many plaudits for serving up an excellent pitch. Pace, movement, bounce, it made for compelling stuff. England are, in a way, hostage to the enormously high standards they set in the winter's Ashes. In comparison they were still a touch loose and short but it's difficult to have too many gripes at 81 for 4.

38.1

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good start from Anderson, full, drawing the batsman forward to defend

38.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, full length and a touch of swing finds a hint of outside edge but it goes down and through point for a couple

38.3

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, inswinger first up to Samaraweera, who played really well last evening, and leaves well here

38.4

Anderson to Samaraweera, no run, another hooping inswinger and it hurries the batsman as he squeezes out defence

38.5

Anderson to Samaraweera, 2 runs, third inswinger in a row, really does a long way, Samaraweera nudges to midwicket smartly to collect a couple

38.6

Anderson to Samaraweera, 3 runs, more runs here as Jayawardene pops forward and it slides off the face past point towards the rope

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 87/4
TT Samaraweera    29* (68b 4x4)      JM Anderson    17-6-30-2
HAPW Jayawardene    11* (47b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    11-2-25-0

It is Tremlett and not Broad to start things off with Anderson. He bowled some really hostile deliveries last evening. Some poor stuff too but can't be too fussy.

39.1

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, good start from Tremlett, hitting a length around off stump and carefully defended

There are about 28 slips fielders in place. Short leg too.

39.2

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, ooh, this will hurt. Tremlett lifter on off stump, smashes into the bottom hand. Physio is out there as you'd expect

39.3

Tremlett to Samaraweera, 2 runs, no nonsense from Samaraweera next delivery, straight onto the front foot, bang in line and glancing nicely to leg

39.4

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, Samaraweera gets very squared up when he defends off the back foot. It looks alarming but he's battling well

39.5

Tremlett to Samaraweera, no run, good judgement from the batsman, who decides that with the ball a fraction outside off and probably bouncing over, there is no need to play

39.6

Tremlett to Samaraweera, OUT, Tremlett gets a third! Having judged the last ball well Samaraweera was done by a fuller ball. Driveable length, lured the shot but swung away enough to catch and edge and fly to Pietersen at the gully who made no mistake

TT Samaraweera c Pietersen b Tremlett 31 (96m 74b 4x4 0x6) SR: 41.89

End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 89/5
     CT Tremlett    12-5-19-3
HAPW Jayawardene    11* (47b 1x4)      JM Anderson    17-6-30-2

89 for 5 does not look smart and Perera, a bowling allrounder, is the new man.

40.1

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, ooh, Anderson snakes one past the outside edge of Jayawardene

40.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again Anderson is happy venturing full and looking for swing. Firmly patted back down the pitch

Anderson is swinging the ball a long way but has just two slips and a gully. Catcher at short cover instead. Looks odd but Anderson knows his game and sets his fields.

40.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, left all alone outside off

40.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, this is pushed calmly and all along the ground to cover

40.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, solid forward block from Jayawardene

40.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, touch shorter from Anderson here so Jayawardene is shoved back to defend this time instead

End of over 41 (maiden) Sri Lanka 89/5
HAPW Jayawardene    11* (53b 1x4)      JM Anderson    18-7-30-2
NLTC Perera    0* (0b)      CT Tremlett    12-5-19-3

41.1

Tremlett to Perera, no run, shortish ball which Perera had a pull at but wow, he was very very late on the shot. Might be getting a few short ones

41.2

Tremlett to Perera, no run, this is slanted across the left-hander, too far across to draw a shot

41.3

Tremlett to Perera, 2 runs, missed by Trott! Not even dropped! Perera aimed an almighty hack and got little more than a top edge towards fine leg, but Trott was unmoved for a long time but running around, diving and not reaching the ball

41.4

Tremlett to Perera, no run, short again, but a touch too short and Perera can leave

41.5

Tremlett to Perera, no run, banged in short again, Perera ducks early and Tremlett, who is not one to chat much, has a long stare

41.6

Tremlett to Perera, OUT, gone this time! Prior holds an excellent take and you have to feel that was coming. Perera didn't look like he fancied this innings at all. Another short ball, another aimless hack across the line, the top edge went high to Prior who managed to hold on to a difficult take

NLTC Perera c †Prior b Tremlett 2 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Happy homecoming for Tremlett, he's got four already and looks like getting plenty more.

End of over 42 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 91/6
     CT Tremlett    13-5-21-4
HAPW Jayawardene    11* (53b 1x4)      JM Anderson    18-7-30-2

42.1

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, wonder what Jayawardene made of Perera's innings. He's working very hard to survive here

42.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, ah lovely shot. Simple flick off the toes, ideal timing, speeds to the rope. he's played so well this series

42.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, swinging for Anderson as always but starts too wide

42.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good judgement from Jayawardene to leave alone outside off

42.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 3 runs, another lovely shot. On the up Jayawardene eases a drive, placing it wide of mid-off to send Cook on a run to the boundary. Fielder does well to scoop the ball back from the boundary edge

42.6

Anderson to Herath, no run, Herath solidly blocks his first ball, timing it so well that Morgan had to scamper and dive at point to field

End of over 43 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 98/6
HMRKB Herath    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    19-7-37-2
HAPW Jayawardene    18* (58b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    13-5-21-4

43.1

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, not sure England will mind that. Jayawardene loses the strike as this thuds off the thigh towards square leg. How will Herath approach this?

43.2

Tremlett to Herath, 1 run, very well indeed! Gets into line, pops a defence to cover and scoots through for a single to bring up the Sri Lanka 100

43.3

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, poor shot from Jayawardene, swinging and missing at a short one. Decent idea but if you fling the bat it should be with more intent

43.4

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, ooh, that's an excellent delivery. Full length, away swing and steep bounce from an off-stump line

43.5

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, having been beaten last delivery Jayawardene decides to leave alone here. Good idea it was too

43.6

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, solid, decisive forward-block to end the over

End of over 44 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 100/6
HAPW Jayawardene    18* (63b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    14-5-22-4
HMRKB Herath    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    19-7-37-2

Change from Strauss as Stuart Broad replaces Anderson.

44.1

Broad to Herath, 2 runs, there is something very jaunty about Herath's batting, and here he happily flicks off his hip to fine leg

44.2

Broad to Herath, no run, Broad finds a full length and good off-stump line. Herath defends with consummate ease

44.3

Broad to Herath, 1 run, slightly misdirected from Broad and Herath swings a pull down to fine leg

44.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, Ian Bell dives over the ball at square leg which allows Jayawardene to collect two for his leg-side dink

44.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, given a second attempt Bell makes no mistake, diving smartly to save an even firmer clip. Earns a cheer from the crowd and loving pats from his team-mates

44.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good delivery to finish, nipping back and rapping the pads, heading over and not even Broad appealed

End of over 45 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 105/6
HAPW Jayawardene    20* (66b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    12-2-30-0
HMRKB Herath    4* (5b)      CT Tremlett    14-5-22-4

45.1

Tremlett to Herath, no run, Tremlett aims a yorker, similar to the delivery that got Paranavitana, it hit the pad but there was no great appeal and fair enough because it pitch outside leg

45.2

Tremlett to Herath, no run, crowd catch at short leg off the thigh

45.3

Tremlett to Herath, FOUR, hint of width and Herath leans back and clips it over point for four. He has played Tremlett rather well this series

45.4

Tremlett to Herath, 2 runs, more runs for Herath! Gets a length ball that he swats, without any great timing, down the ground for a couple. Tremlett shakes his head in disgust

45.5

Tremlett to Herath, 1 run, and now this! Lovely flick up on one leg from Herath down to square leg. Only gets him one but he looks in fine fettle

45.6

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, play and a miss outside off stump from Jayawardene

Righty, I fancy a break and since Liam has just walked in he'll take over comms.

End of over 46 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 112/6
HAPW Jayawardene    20* (67b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    15-5-29-4
HMRKB Herath    11* (10b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    12-2-30-0

Thanks, Sahil. England making steady inroads here, hopefully the weather will hold and we'll get a decent session of play in.

46.1

Broad to Herath, no run, short and rising over leg stump, Herath sways across to off stump and lets it go

46.2

Broad to Herath, no run, Broad aims this one outside off, Herath chops down to gully on the bounce

46.3

Broad to Herath, no run, Broad offers Herath width once more, but this time he holds the bat close to the body and lets it go

46.4

Broad to Herath, 1 run, fuller and straighter, Herath nudges to midwicket and picks up a single

46.5

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, shot! Broad pitches one up and Prasanna, who is batting like a dream, thumps the ball straight back - almost taking out Herath at the non-striker's end - for four

After that shot I doubt he'll get much more pitched up to him

46.6

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Broad adjusts his length and Prasanna defends to leg from the crease

End of over 47 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 117/6
HAPW Jayawardene    24* (69b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    13-2-35-0
HMRKB Herath    12* (14b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    15-5-29-4

47.1

Tremlett to Herath, OUT, Tremlett has five! The ball spat off an awkward length to catch Herath mid-swivel as he tried to pull, a top edge looping easily to James Anderson at fine leg.

HMRKB Herath c Anderson b Tremlett 12 (23m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Anderson may be the attack leader, but Tremlett has been the stand-out bowler for England in this Test. He's used the conditions wonderfully, no doubt his experience at this ground proving helpful. A career-best effort

47.2

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Prasanna taps to deep backward point

47.3

Tremlett to Fernando, 1 run, not sure Dilhara will be getting in line with many. He stays on leg stump to a length delivery, jabbing the ball down square on the off side for one

47.4

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, good fortune for the batsman! An extravagant stroke from Prasanna, who leaned back and threw his arms into a backfoot drive. The inside edge whizzed past the stumps and down to fine leg

47.5

Tremlett to Fernando, no run, Dilhara stays well out of line, defending to cover

"Tremendous bowling by Tremlett, I hope he can keep it up when the Indians arrive, as England bowlers tend to give it away later in the summer and the pitch gets much drier," says Abdool. The England seamers v India's top-order is going to be such a treat.

47.6

Tremlett to Fernando, no run, Tremlett attacks the stumps but doesn't quite get the yorker right, Fernando tapping a low full toss back down the track

End of over 48 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 120/7
CRD Fernando    1* (3b)      CT Tremlett    16-5-32-5
HAPW Jayawardene    26* (71b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    13-2-35-0

We get lots of rude emails about Broad, but this, from Jack, is one of the more amusing ones. "Broad has the wrong career, should be researching the treatment of hypertension, because he's great at relieving pressure."

48.1

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, floated up outside off, but the movement away takes the ball even further away and Prasanna isn't interested in a shot

48.2

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good bounce and carry for Broad as he pitches up outside off once again, but Prasanna is quite safe offering no stroke

48.3

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well, he might have left this too! It was short and wide, Prasanna swiped a cut but hit nothing, beaten on the top edge

48.4

Broad to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, Prasanna does look more comfortable on the front foot, as he drives a half-volley handsomely out through cover. There's protection in the deep, however

The rain is starting to fall again, groundstaff are looking very fidgety at the boundary's edge

48.5

Broad to Fernando, no run, Broad fires a bouncer at the tailender, who ducks quickly underneath it

48.6

Broad to Fernando, no run, Fernando aims an ugly heave to leg and doesn't come close to timing it, the ball rolling to mid-on

"Really losing patience with Broad now," thunders Lawrence Epps. "Unless he has a remarkable 2nd innings, he needs to dropped for Finn or Bresnan. He is living off the memory of one good innings at The Oval at 2009. No room for passengers if you want to be no.1 in the world." To be fair he bowled well at Durban too.

End of over 49 (1 run) Sri Lanka 121/7
CRD Fernando    1* (5b)      SCJ Broad    14-2-36-0
HAPW Jayawardene    27* (75b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    16-5-32-5

49.1

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, the obligatory extra bounce for Tremlett, who gets a ball to leap up and strike Prasanna on the thigh. Was there an inside edge/glove on that? No short leg in place anyway, so it doesn't really matter

49.2

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, clipped neatly to wide midwicket off the front foot, another quality shot but he picks the fielder

49.3

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, a false stroke from Prasanna! The ball was full and he moved into a drive but was far too early in the shot, the ball looping meekly to mid-off ... but falling safely

49.4

Tremlett to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, fended down close on the leg side, just behind square. Hint of an inside edge

49.5

Tremlett to Fernando, no run, Fernando shuffles outside leg as Tremlett thunders to the crease, defending a length delivery on off stump back down the wicket

49.6

Tremlett to Fernando, no run, this one hits the seam, nipping in to the right-hander and stinging him on the upper thigh

Well, the rain has stayed away but they're going to take a short break anyway - drinks are taken at the Rose Bowl. I'm not sure how thirsty the players could be, it's not exactly blazing sunshine out there, but there you go.

End of over 50 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 124/7
CRD Fernando    1* (7b)      CT Tremlett    17-5-35-5
HAPW Jayawardene    30* (79b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    14-2-36-0
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