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England v Sri Lanka: Essentials
England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar
Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).
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96th over: Sri Lanka 318-9 (M Jayawardene 180, Lakmal 0)
Broad has the new man Lakmal on strike… He gets one off the shoulder of the bat but there's no one at silly point. Broad didn't make Lakmal play enough there. Maiden.
95th over: Sri Lanka 318-9 (M Jayawardene 180, Lakmal 0)
Jayawardene looks like he could bat for five days out there at the moment… They take two down to third man. Four! Anderson strays down leg and Mahela helps it on its way.
94th over: Sri Lanka 312-9 (M Jayawardene 174, Lakmal 0)
That was the last ball of the over so Jayawardene is on strike to Broad. They turn down the single to third man. Four! Mahela mistimes a heave over long on but it lands safely and beats the fielders to the rope. Jayawardene keeps the strike with a single.
WICKET! Welegedera b Anderson 19
Gorgeous off-cutting slower ball from Anderson. Welegedera plays all around and says goodbye to his leg stump. Justice for Jimmy after taking an undeserved battering in the first over of the day.
93rd over: Sri Lanka 307-8 (M Jayawardene 169, Welegedera 19)
Welegedera gets off strike with a leading edge to cover. Lots of tinkering from Strauss in the field so far this morning as they try to come up with a plan to get rid of these two. Jayawardene scrambles a single to extra cover.
92nd over: Sri Lanka 305-8 (M Jayawardene 168, Welegedera 18)
Stuart Broad to bowl the second over of the day with this new-ish ball. Jayawardene turns down the single to square leg to keep the strike. Strauss is not happy as the field don't automatically come up to save the single after the fourth ball – England can't afford to be dozy again as they were in the evening session yesterday. Good start from Broad. Maiden.
91st over: Sri Lanka 305-8 (M Jayawardene 168, Welegedera 18)
Here we go then. Anderson to bowl the first over of another scorching day… Four! Leg byes down to fine leg via Welegedera's thigh pad. Four! A short ball flies off the shoulder of the bat and over the slips. Four! Poor Jimmy, who has now seen three decent deliveries fly to the boundary, this one deflecting off Welegedera's helmet over the slips. Four! What a start for Sri Lanka! This Welegedera gets bat on ball as he pulls Anderson in front of square. Expensive start – 16 from that over.
Chin music: Sri Lanka score four byes via Welegedera's helmet
5.27am: Right, enough of my waffle… they're nearly ready to go out in Galle. Let's hope the first hour today is as dramatic as it was yesterday.
5.20am: If Sri Lanka could keep the tail wagging for an hour or so then they would really deal a psychological blow. After the start England had yesterday, they really should have had the hosts out for no more than 250. To get them out for under 350 though would be by no means a disaster on this tepid pitch.
5.15am: It will be interesting to see how England respond with the bat later today. Can they prove that the Pakistan whitewash was just a blip Big question marks remain over the form of Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and, in particular, Ian Bell. Samit Patel is down to come in at No 7 but he may be elevated above Matt Prior into the No 6 spot vacated by Eoin Morgan.
Star of the show: Mahela Jayawardene
5.10am: England will have to put the disappointment of those two drops yesterday evening by Monty Panesar behind them. The reprieves for Jayawardene saw England heads visibly drop and helped to put some gloss on what would have been a well-below par first innings score for the hosts.
5.05am: Before the start of play at 5.30am GMT, why not catch up on some essential reading by Sportsmail's team of writers… Paul Newman's report on day one is here. Lawrence Booth's look at the day is here. And James Anderson told Lawrence that England have to put Monty's dropped catches behind them here.
5.00am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second day of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Galle. The match hangs in the balance after yesterday's proceedings after the hosts recovered from a shocking start to close on 289-8 thanks to captain Mahela Jayawardene's brilliant unbeaten 168.
Flying start: Anderson celebrates the wicket of Sangakkara as the Barmy Army watch on