Sri Lanka v England, day four, first Test, Galle

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Sri Lanka v England: 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).

1st innings: Sri Lanka 318, England 193.

2nd innings: Sri lanka 214

Click here for a full scorecard

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48th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

Lakmal has only conceded one bye this morning – and that came courtesy of an overthrow. Safe to say he's hitting his straps in this early spell. He completes his third maiden of the morning.

47th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

Right, so where are we Sri Lanka will be delighted to have taken the early scalp of Kevin Pietersen, they are heavy favourites to win this, but Test matches don't win themselves. England are three down and still require a further 212 runs to win this match. In terms of actual action: that was another maiden for Randiv.

46th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. Lakmal sends six outside off, tempting Trott who's having none of it. Maiden.

45th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

England are riding their luck at the moment. Trott nudges forward, hits the man at short leg flush on the boot, the ball pops up high in the air, but lands just out of harms' way. There follows a sublime reverse sweep through the vacant point area for four to bring up his half-century. And Bell moves off the mark with an outrageously positive flat bat over mid-on for four.

44th over: England 119-3 (Trott 46, Bell 0)

Messy. Lakmal appeals – for an age – but his lbw shout was appalling, sliding well down leg. In the melee Jayawardene spotted Bell out of his crease and went for the run out, but missed and England stole a run with an overthrow.

43rd over: England 118-3 (Trott 46, Bell 0)

KP loses his wicket with the fifth delivery of the over, but in truth the damage was done at the start of the over. Sri Lanka celebrate (wildly) two successive bat/pad shouts which were declined, Pietersen then came on strike and tried to attack Randiv, but failed to play the spin and was caught in a right old mess.

WICKET! Kevin Pietersen c M Jayawardene b Randiv 30

Oh dear. Poor shot all things told, KP goes trying to be positive, dancing down the track, fails to meet the pitch, and clips to Jayawardene at short midwicket.

42nd over: England 117-2 (Trott 45, Pietersen 30)

Its the old one-two from Sri Lanka who go for spin/seam combination as Suranga Lakmal joins Randiv in the attack, coming in from the Fort End. Credit to KP who has clearly worked on bringing his bat down straight… but he has a slice of luck after toe-ending back past Lakmal whose despairing dive just fails to take the caught and bowled chance. Maiden.

41st over: England 117-2 (Trott 45, Pietersen 30)

Here we go, then. Suraj Randiv begins the attack for the hosts with short leg, silly point and leg slip inserted. His fourth delivery is over-pitched, becoming a juicy half-volley punched back through covers for four runs. A very decent start for England: six from the over.

5.28: Players are on their way out, the Barmy Army belt out Jerusalem. It looks set for a scorcher, hottest day of the Test so far, I'm told. What a day in prospect!

5.21: One way or another we will have a result today. Thus promoting excitement about the day's play and forwarding the four-day Test argument. Extend the hours, floodlights, why shouldn't it happen

Before play resumes, why not have a quick read of Paul Newman's report.

And here are the observations of Lawrence Booth, too.

5.18: The continued failure of Andrew Strauss with the bat is now of real concern. He has one century in his previous 25 innings, the 110 he scored in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane in November 2010.

The best teams evolve, adapt and resolve problems efficiently. Far from being a leader, it now seems Strauss is a nervy hindrance at top of the order.

But England should persevere with their captain, all is not lost, according to former England captain Nasser Hussain. Have a read of his thoughts here.

5.10am: Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day four of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Galle. An enthralling day yesterday as Andrew Strauss's side conspired to move into a losing position in the field only to rally with the bat leaving us thinking: what if

The visitors require a record run-chase total of 340 after allowing the hosts' tail to linger and, after losing the two openers cheaply, it seemed like a case of more of the same for England in the subcontinent this summer.

However, the stand between Jonathan Trott (40) and Kevin Pietersen (29) has made the unlikely seem possible. But there's a long way to go yet.


Fighting chance: Pietersen and Trott have given England hope of victory

Fighting chance: Pietersen and Trott have given England hope of victory