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England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 267-8 (69 overs) Gary Ballance 104*
Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kaushal Silva 63 & 99-1 (29 overs)
Sri Lanka made a bright start to the fourth innings after England declared overnight at Lord's, setting a target of 390 runs for victory.
Under grey skies and with a new ball in hand, there was assistance for England's bowlers, but aside from removing Dimush Karunaratne early on, there as little for Alastair Cook's men to celebrate.
Kaushal Silva made an unbeaten 44, while Kumar Sangakkara posted 34 to follow on from his century in the first innings.
While there are still two sessions to play, Sri Lanka will be much the happier with their work.
The removal of Karunaratne, helping Stuart Broad to short leg with a timid shot, sparked promise for England. With swing and uneven bounce to work with, they looked poised to take advantage of day five.
But Sangakkara and Silva played at good speed and with confidence.
Silva was targeted with the short ball, repeating his tendency to leave his bat up in the air like a periscope as ihe ducks—it almost yielded a wicket for the second time.
He also wore a painful bouncer on the back of his helmet as Liam Plunkett roared in.
But he survived, and England lost momentum when Chris Jordan sent down three expensive overs, and Moeen Ali was not trusted to bed in from one end as a leading spinner.
Sri Lanka are unlikely to push for the victory target, but they have scored sufficiently quickly in the morning that they are not out of touch.