Sri Lanka Finishes First Day of Third Cricket Test With England on 81-4

Sri Lanka was on 81-4 at the end of the first day of the rain-shortened third cricket Test with England after losing several wickets in the early sessions.

Thilan Samaraweera was not out on 24 runs, and Prasanna Jayawardene was on 10 after 38 overs in Southampton, England. James Anderson and Chris Tremlett each took two wickets for the hosts.

Sri Lanka lost two wickets and gained 6 runs in the five overs after lunch, which was taken early because of rain. Anderson, who just returned to England’s squad, took the wickets of Lahiru Thirimanne, who was caught on 10, and Kumar Sangakkara, who was caught on 2. Tremlett got Tharanga Paranavitana leg-before-wicket on 11, and Mahela Jayawardene was caught on 4.

The start of play was delayed for an hour by rain this morning, and England won the toss and put the visitors in to bat.

England leads the three-Test series 1-0, after winning the first match in Cardiff. The second Test, at Lord’s in London, was drawn.

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