Dilshan Leads Reply As Batsmen Prosper At Lord's
England 486 (Prior 126, Morgan 79) v
Sri Lanka 231-1 (Dilshan 127no)
Second Test, day two, Lord's
Batsmen dominated proceedings on day two of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's; Matthew Prior and Tillakaratne Dilshan completing centuries for their respective sides.
Prior's enterprising knock of 126 enabled England to score 486 before being bowled out while Dilshan's unbeaten 127 saw Sri Lanka respond by reaching stumps on a very healthy 231 for one.
England resumed on 342 for six with Prior and Stuart Broad (54) laying down their intent very early on with Broad taking the lead with crunching drives as England scored at around or above one run per ball in the morning session.
Prior rode his luck - he was dropped by Mahela Jayawardene and twice edged through the slip cordon in the 90s before clipping the ball off his pads neatly to reach three figures for the second time in as many innings following his effort in the final Ashes Test in Sydney.
His knock came from 131 balls and included 19 fours and he finally fell when he was bowled by Rangana Herath trying to hit out when left with the lower order.
Broad's punchy knock - his seventh Test half-century - ended when he was trapped in front by Chanaka Welagedara, who just missed out on getting on the honours board with four for 122.
Graeme Swann fell for just four before England's final pair Chris Tremlett, who made 24 not out, and Steven Finn, who registered a career-best 19, put on 34 for the final wicket to frustrate Sri Lanka and complete England's recovery from a difficult position of 22 for three on the opening morning when Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first.
They then batted superbly, taking the sting out of England's tall bowling attack and they lasted 53.5 overs before losing a wicket.
Tharanga Paranavitana had made 65 in 184 balls before he edged Finn to Andrew Strauss at slip as Engalnd finally broke through to end a 207-run opening stand as Sri Lanka appeared to have banished memories of their Cardiff collapse, although Cook gave him a life when on just nine - had that chance been held, the day may just have turned out a lot differently.
The flamboyant Dilshan was in wonderful form, scoring at an impressive rate, hitting 127 in 166 balls with 12 fours and two sixes as England struggled. His century, which he celebrated with great delight, was his 12th in Tests and the first since taking over as captain.
He was joined late in the day by Kumar Sangakkara - the man he replaced as skipper - who made 13 not out. England lead the three-match series 1-0 after an innings-and-14-run in the opening game.
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