Cardiff, May 27: Sri Lanka were moving into a comfortable position at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test against England with Lankan wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene guiding his side to 400 with an unbeaten 112. Then England who played out the first 20 overs of their innings cautiously, faltered just before stumps, losing Andrew Strauss for 20, ending the day at 47/1.
After a rain-marred first day of the first Test against hosts England, Sri Lanka resumed their first innings at 133/2 in 48 overs with Nuwan Paranavitana not out on 58 and Mahela Jayawardene batting on 4. But in just the 50th over, Jayawardene was ensnared by James Anderson for 4 off 35 balls as Sri Lanka slipped to 133/3 in 50.5 overs. Thilan Samaraweera joined Paranavitana at the crease and took a four off Anderson to bring up Lanka's 150 in the 59th over.
But three overs later, Paranavitana was bowled by Tremlett for 66 of 191 balls as the score read 169/4 when Prasanna Jayawardene walked to the crease. The new duo immediately made an effort to up the flagging scoring rate, with Jayawardene taking a four off Stuart Broad and Saraweera knocking two boundaries off Tremlett in the 64th over. Then a four came off each of the next four overs before Jaywardene slapped Swann for another boundary to bring up Sri Lanka's 200 in the 72nd over.
After lunch, Anderson removed Samaraweera by getting him caught at second slip for 58 moff 84 balls as the score read 243/5 in 81 overs. Then new batsman Farveez Mahroof swatted Anderson for a four to bring up Lanka's 250 in the 85th over, but was run out a few overs later for 16 off 42 balls. Sri Lanka were in slight trouble at 278/6 in the 93rd over. Then with Thisara Perera for company, Jayawardene smacked Tremlett to the boundary to take Sri Lanka past 300 in the 98th over.
Broad dismissed Perara for 25 off 40 balls in the 106th over, before Rangana Herath and Jayawardene took Lanka past 350. Soon afterward, Jayawardene notched up his century by taking 3 runs off Tremlett in the 110th over. Then Swann sent back Herath for 25 runs off 35 balls as the score read 397/8 in the 117th over. The last couple of wickets fell quickly as Lanka folded for 400 with Prasanna Jayawardene not out on 112.
In their reply, England got off to a steady start with Andrew Strauss smacking Lakmal for a four in the first over. Strauss and Alistair Cook played cautiously from then on till in the last over of the day, the 20th of England's innings, Lakmal ensnared Strauss for 20 off 47 balls. England were 47/1 at stumps on Day 2, trailing by 353.