Sri Lankan openers Tilekeratne Dilshan & Tharanga Paranavithana defied the English Pace attack to add 93 runs for the opening stand after a delayed start on day1.
Prasanna Jayawardena made a memorable century to guide his team towards 400 on the 2nd day.
James Anderson was the solitary wicket for Sri Lanka on day3 when he was caught out for the bowling of Ajantha Mendis.
Rangana Herath removed Kevin Pietersen to continue the batsman’s poor run against left arm bowlers.
Skipper Dilshan was dismissed early paving the way for a dramatic collapse to give England a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series.