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Live Reporting

Amy Lofthouse and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    You'll be back tomorrow, right?

    You can catch up on today's action here and with the TMS podcast, which will be available shortly.

    We'll see you bright and early for day two.

  2. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I don't think England will rip up their plan of what they want to do overseas, but the success of Stuart Broad and James Anderson so far might make them question whether it's worth including one to nullify the opposition with maidens and consistency.

    There's so many different options that England are now developing in their Test sides. They've got Jofra Archer to come back, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes on the sideline, it's just the spinners where it's bare.

    Anderson & Wood
  3. 'We're quite happy with the run rate'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    More from James Anderson on TMS: "We've put a real focus on getting in and out of an over, and out of a spell, and passing that spell onto the next guy because we know it's going to be short and sharp. We're doing an important job for the team, and you may not get the wickets in that spell, but you are sort of setting it up for the next guy.

    "You can lose concentration in the heat, when you're fielding, so we try to put the bowlers at mid-on and mid-off, to keep them going for balls five and six.

    "Mark Wood said he was tired after three overs so to get through eight was a monumental effort from him! He got the wicket and he deserved it. I thought he bowled really well.

    "We've kept the run-rate quite reasonable, and 230-4 we're quite happy with on that wicket, and we're hoping with the new ball in the morning we can do some damage. Angelo Mathews is obviously the key man, but hopefully there's a bit more spin for the spinners as the day and Test goes on."

  4. Post update

    Russel Arnold

    Former Sri Lanka all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    You'd have to say that Sri Lanka are slightly ahead.

  5. 'We're in the game'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    More from James Anderson on Test Match Special: "It was nice to get a couple of early wickets, and it's not always the best balls that get your wicket - a bit of a drag on, and I'm not sure why Kusal Perera tried to hit that ball

    "It does help settle the nerves, and I thought as a group, the seam bowlers in particular, put in the hard yards today, and put in a stint. To keep them down to 230 on a flat wicket is good, we're in the game, but we've got to bowl well tomorrow when we come back."

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    Robin Evans: Admirable day that for England I think on a pitch offering absolutely nothing. Just got to make sure we bat long and bat big when it comes around to it.

    Tom: Quite a tense, low scoring days play, but I’ll take it! Alarm set for 4am again tomorrow, see you then.

  7. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    Test Match Special statistician

    In James Anderson's previous four Tests in Asia - the two against Sri Lanka in the last tour, and the last two in India in 2016-17 - he'd only taken one wicket in 85 overs.

  8. 'I was pretty nervous this morning'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    James Anderson on BBC Test Match Special: "The boots are pretty warm to be honest - they were a new pair this morning. I wasn't expecting that many overs to be honest in my first game, having seen how the first Test went, but today felt a bit more like a traditional Test wicket that was good to bat on, and we've had to do a little bit more work as a pace bowling attack.

    "I was pretty nervous this morning - more so than usual. It's a weird situation to be in, I haven't played for a while and coming in for Broady who had done really well in the first game. But I'm happy the work I put in behind the scenes in the first game has paid off and I felt in really good rhythm from ball one and that really helped."

  9. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    It's going to be interesting to see how England cope with this because after the first day of the first Test they were so far ahead of the game.

    We're going to find out about this England side, because we'll see days like this a lot more consistently in India.

    The spinners didn't bowl badly today, but there just wasn't an awful lot there for them.

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    SMS Message: 40 overs of spin for 120 runs and only four maidens. No wickets. Not good enough by far - is this really the best spin attack England have available at the moment? from Andy
  11. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    It has been a good day - I've enjoyed the cricket.

    England made a flying start, before Angelo Mathews played with great control. He didn't risk anything, he just knew the pitch was good.

    It's the stories of two senior pros - James Anderson is just a machine, he knows what he can deliver. He's got the memory, and experience of knowing how his body works.

    Sri Lanka showed him a lot of respect. I think that's what happens when you take a lot of wickets.

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    SMS Message: Here's a game plan: forget taking wickets, let SL bat for 2 days, score 600+, declare, leaving us 3 days to survive with a draw and win the series. from Carlito
  13. Post update

    After being asked to bowl by Sri Lanka, I think that's a decent day for England - James Anderson's figures in particular are outstanding.

  14. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Anything over 350 will be very difficult for the England team, but they've kept chipping away nicely.

  15. Close of play - SL 229-4

    And that, folks, is that.

    A very good day, with Angelo Mathews taking the headlines for his unbeaten 107.

  16. SL 229-4

    Mark Wood is wearing Jimmy Anderson's cap on top of his sunhat and he looks superb.

    That'll be four, though, Anderson drifting down the leg side and Niroshan Dickwella is more than happy to help it on its way.

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    SMS Message: After all of the positivity taken from the first Test, it will be interesting to see how England bat with a little scoreboard pressure. from Pete W
    Pete W