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Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 457 (132.5 overs) Angelo Mathews 160, Mahela Jayawardene 79, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64 and 83-5 (44.0 Overs)
England frustrated Sri Lanka with a resistant display before an early lunch was taken during Day 5 at Headingley. The visitors failed to take a wicket before rain set in on the opening session, with Joe Root and Moeen Ali standing strong for Alastair Cook's side.
Root has managed only nine runs from 58 balls across two days, scoring just three in 17.4 overs since being joined by Moeen, as recorded by ESPNcricinfo. The Yorkshire youngster has proven happy to play defensively in hope of snatching an unlikely draw for his team, who capitulated at the onset of their second innings.
Still trailing by 267 runs with five wickets remaining, Tuesday is solely about resistance for the hosts, who will welcome more rain if it helps them reach stumps.
Moeen is proving a little more ambitious than Root, but the game plan is to see the day out without major destruction to the middle order. He has hit three boundaries in 65 balls and scored seven in his last 10 overs before the interruption, highlighting a conservative effort from the Three Lions.
Sri Lanka's bowlers appeared slightly frustrated before the break in play. Shaminda Eranga and Angelo Mathews failed to build on the quartet of wickets they took during the first innings, bowling 12 overs between them on Day 5 without success.
The delay certainly leaves England in an improved position. Poor weather is eating into Sri Lanka's time to capture the win, a factor made all the more important after Mathews' side were unable to take a wicket before lunch. On the flipside, the break will also give Sri Lanka time to rethink their strategy.
As noted by Derek Pringle of the Telegraph before play began, a "minor miracle" is needed for England to take victory. A draw will be viewed as a triumph now, and the hosts have two sessions left to survive.