Cardiff, May 29: England surged past Sri Lanka's first innings total of 400 by 91 runs with 5 wickets left on Day 4 of the first Test between the two sides as Jonathan Trott notched up 203 off 409 balls. He and Alastair Cook had put on a stand of 251 for the third wicket, before Cook departed for 133. The Ian Bell scored freely and was on the threshold of a century at stumps (scorecard).
England resumed batting on its overnight score of 287/2 in 90 overs with Cook not out on 129 and Trott unbeaten on 125. But just six and a half overs into the day's play, Farveez Maharoof got an early breakthrough when he had Cook caught behind for 133 of 274 balls as the hosts' score read 298/3.
Then Trott and news batsman Kevin Pietersen took England past 100 in 99th over, before the latter batsman was trapped in front by Rangana Herath for 3 off 11 balls with England now at 305/4. Ian Bell settled in with a six off the same bowler as he and Trott began building a steady partnership.
In the 115th over, Perera struck Bell for a four to bring up England's 350. 18 overs later, Trott scampered 2 runs off Mendis to take England past 400 and Sri Lanka's first innings total. Then soon after England crossed 450 in the 144th over, Trott notched up his double century with a single off Tillakaratne Dilshan. He got out quickly after that when the same bowler cleaned him up for 203 in the 149th over.
It was Bell's turn to hold sway and scored briskly till the end of the day's play. He was not out on 98 while Eoin Morgan was unbeaten on 14 with England's total at 491/5.