Cardiff, May 28: England staged a fight back against the visiting Sri Lanka side with Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott digging in their heels at the crease to notch up an unbroken stand of 240 runs at stumps on Day 3. Cook who was not out on 129 and Trott who made an unbeaten 124 steered their side out of trouble, taking the score from 47/2 to 287/2 in 90 overs, now trailing Lanka by 113 runs (scorecard).
After morning rain at Cardiff delayed the start of play by 3 and half hours, English nightwatchman James Anderson and his partner Alistair Cook picked up from where they had left off - 47/1 in 20 overs. But just three overs into the day, Anderson was caught at slip off Ajantha Mendis for 1 off 16 balls. England's score at that point was 47/2 in 22.5 overs.
Then Cook and new batsman Jonathan Trott took their side to 50 in 25 overs. The runs kept trickling in as the duo simply pushed for ones and twos. The boundaries came occasionally till in the 37th over, Cook smacked Thisara Perera for two consecutive fours, taking the scoere to 86/2. In the following over, Cook ran two doubles off Rangana Herath to notch up his 50.
Then in the 43rd over, Trott ran 3 off Perera to bring up England's 100. The home side went into tea at 148/2 in 52 overs. In the over after tea, Trott took two off Lakmal to help England to 150. Tillkaratne Dilshan and Herath were bowling in tandem but couldn't do much to unsettle the batting pair which took England past 200 in the 72nd over.
In the 78th over, Cook knocked as boundary off Lakmal to reach his century, before Trott and Cook reasserted their dominance by knocking two fours off Maharoof. Two overs later, Trott dispatched Lakmal to the boundary twice to notch up his century and then ran a single as England moved onto 250.
Trott was evidently in a more aggressive mood than Cook and struck two fours off Mendis in the 88th over before England wrapped up the day's proceedings at 287/2 in 90 overs. Cook was unbeaten on 129 while Trott was not out on 125.