Samaraweera earns career-best ranking

Samaraweera has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career after following up his first innings score of 31 with an unbeaten 87 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of four places which puts him in ninth spot.

Thirimanne and Sangakkara make hay

Opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne warmed up for his likely Test debut next week with a century as he and Kumar Sangakkara enjoyed valuable time in the middle on the first day of Sri Lanka’s tour match against Essex at Chelmsford.

Dilshan’s thumb injury casts shadow

No sooner had Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan been named man-of-the-match in the drawn second Test against England at Lord’s on Tuesday he was doubting his prospects of playing in the series climax.