Kandy:Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene scored half centuries to pull Sri Lanka out of early trouble in the first cricket test on Saturday after England seamer Matthew Hoggard demolished the top order with a four-wicket spell.
Struggling at 42 for five wickets in the first session Sri Lanka reached 180-7 at tea after Sangakkara and Jayawardene added 106 runs for the sixth wicket.
At tea, Sangakkara was unbeaten on 86 with Dilhara Fernando yet to score.
Saturday's half-century was Sangakkara's 24th. In Jayawardene's records it will be his first though once he has scored a century against Bangladesh.
The pair took 131 minutes and spent 182 balls in a cautious partnership that came to an end when Alastair Cook at silly-point caught Jayawardene off left-arm spin bowler Monty Panesar for 51.
Jayawardene hit nine boundaries in his 102-ball innings, while Sangakkara spent 227 minutes at the crease faced 135 balls and hit 12 fours.
Jayawardene's departure exposed the Sri Lankan low order and Panesar soon cashed in, bowling Chaminda Vaas for 12 to finish the session with figures 2-45.
In the morning Hoggard grabbed four early wickets to push Sri Lanka to 86 for five at lunch as England made good use of the invitation to bowl after losing the toss.
Sanath Jayasuriya (10) started with two boundaries but soon fell to a sharp catch by Kevin Pietersen at cover off paceman Ryan Sidebottom with the team total at 11.
With 18 more runs to the total, Michael Vandort (8) spooned a catch to England captain Michael Vaughan at mid-on, giving Hoggard the first wicket of his destructive spell.
Hoggard had Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene (1), Chamara Silva (2) and Jehan Mubarak (0) - all caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Prior as the host team slumped from 40 for 2 to 42 for 5.