Captain Mahela Jayawardene’s second successive Test century pushed Sri Lanka to 238-6 at the end of the first day of the second cricket Test with England in Colombo.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, but James Anderson took three quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 30-3. Jayawardene’s 105 runs stabilized the side before he was trapped leg-before-wicket by Graeme Swann. He and Thilan Samaraweera combined for 125 runs. Angelo Mathews, on 41, and Suraj Randiv, on 5, were batting at the end of the day.
“Losing 3 wickets up front put us in a difficult place,” Jayawardene said in a televised interview. He said Sri Lanka was “30 to 40 runs short” for the day.
England, which must win at the P. Sara Oval to retain the No. 1 Test ranking, made two changes to the team that lost the opening Test in Galle by 75 runs as Steve Finn and Tim Bresnan came in for Monty Panesar and the injured Stuart Broad. South Africa will take the top spot should England fail to win.
Sri Lanka, seeking its first Test series victory since August 2009, also made two changes. Mathews returned from injury to replace Dinesh Chandimal and Dhammika Prasad took over from hurt seamer Chanaka Welegedara.