Mahela Jayawardene scored 2nd century (105) on trout for Sri Lanka as they reached 238 for the loss of six wickets by the close of the first day, Tuesday, in the second and final cricket test played at the P. Sara Oval, Colombo.
England made a good comeback after tea by claiming two wickets for 11 runs leaving Angelo Mathews as the last recognized Sri Lankan batsman. He was unbeaten on 41 at the close with Suraj Randiv at the other end on five.
Under pressure, early loss of three top order wickets for 30 runs, Jayawardene made his 31st test century.
James Anderson sent the top three Sri Lankan batsmen back to the pavilion inside 30 runs in the first session but skipper Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera lifted the total to 154 before the latter was trapped lbw for a well-made 54.
The hosts recalled Angelo Matthews and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad to replace Dinesh Chandimal and Chanaka Welegedara. Steve Finn and Tim Bresnan replaced Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar.
Brief Score: Sri Lanka 238 for 6 (Jayawardene 105, Samaraweera 54, Anderson 3-52)