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Day 5

570dSa'adi Thawfeeq in Colombo

Jayawardene blames England for dull draw

Mahela Jayawardene says he was surprised at England's approach towards the match, and that the tourists need to display more enterprise to win a Test in Sri Lanka

Day 4

570dSa'adi Thawfeeq

Jayawardene targets series victory

Prasanna Jayawardene has impressed during the first two Tests against England with his sharp glove work and resilient batting

Day 3

570dAndrew Miller in Colombo

Let there be life after featherbed bore

In the end, the rain was a mercy. In theory a miracle was still possible, with England's lead only slender, but no-one truly believed it was possible, not even Muttiah Muralitharan

570dAndrew Miller in Colombo

Harmison shows his hunger

Steve Harmison's efforts during the Colombo Test have been one of the major positives for England as they aim to save the match

570dAndrew Miller in Colombo

Mahela's home comforts

Andrew Miller provides the plays of the day from the third day between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo

570dSa'adi Thawfeeq

Jayawardene's records set up Sri Lanka

The third day at the SSC couldn't have gone much better for Mahela Jayawardene. His unbeaten 167 led Sri Lanka to a 28-run lead over England with six wickets remaining and in the process he became his country's leading run scorer

570dAndrew Miller in Colombo

England handed reality check

On a day where they took two wickets, England were given a harsh lesson in playing cricket on the subcontinent

Day 2

569dAndrew Miller in Colombo

Lifeless pitches killing Murali

As a general rule, Muttiah Muralitharan does not succumb to grumpiness, least of all when he is so heavily in the wickets as he has been in this series

Day 1

569dAndrew Miller in Colombo

Cook's patience keeps England on track

Cook was never comfortable during his five-hour stay at the crease, but it was his dismissal, not Pietersen's, that turned England's day


570dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

England fight but face battle to survive

It wasn't the most attractive day of Test cricket, but Sri Lanka's batsmen put them in a dominating position on the fourth day at Colombo with a 197-run lead over a weary England

569dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

Match in the balance after Prior fifty

After their poor final session yesterday evening, England urgently needed a better second day at Colombo in order to stay in the match. And, thanks to Matt Prior and Ryan Sidebottom, they battled hard to revive a fledgling first innings before nipping out

570dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

Jayawardene masterclass puts Sri Lanka on top

Mahela Jayawardene made England toil with a magnificent 167, his 20th in Tests, remaining unbeaten at stumps on the third day as Sri Lanka grafted their way into a dominant position at Colombo

570dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller in Colombo

Rain helps England ease to safety

England eased to safety on the fifth and final afternoon at Colombo, thanks to a trio of half-centuries from Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, a sensible fourth-wicket stand of 46 between Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, and a tea-time del

569dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

England lose momentum after strong start

Sri Lanka took 4 for 91 in the final session to give them the advantage on the first day against England in Colombo. The home side's fortunes swung dramatically in their favour in the final half-hour of the day when Lasith Malinga ended Alastair Cook's im

569dKanishkaa Balachandran in Colombo

Barmy Army enliven Colombo

Test cricket in Sri Lanka may not always whet the appetite. However, the scenes are quite different when England are in town

569dSa'adi Thawfeeq in Colombo

Jayawardene puts faith in young charges

Sri Lanka has the rare honour of going into a Test match with the world's best batsman and best bowler in their ranks, as they prepare to take on England in the second Test at the SSC on Sunday

569dCricinfo staff

Hoggard ruled out of second Test

Matthew Hoggard, the England fast bowler, has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo which gets underway tomorrow

234dAndrew Miller in Colombo

Vaughan confident England can level series

Regardless of the positives that England claim to have carried with them from the first Test at Kandy, they remain 1-0 down in the series and in serious danger of losing their exalted status as the second-best side in the world

England 3rd innings Partnerships

1st107MP VaughanAN Cook
2nd45IR BellAN Cook
3rd52IR BellKP Pietersen
4th46PD CollingwoodKP Pietersen