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                                            England openers take a solid start
England openers, Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook put on an 89 runs stand for the first wicket as the visitors have reached 95 for one at lunch on the second day of the three day warm up match played at R. Premadasa International Stadium.
SLC President's XI skipper, Prasanna Jayawardane, used six bowlers but only Dilruwan Perera has some luck to dismiss the England skipper for 40, few minutes before lunch. Strauss hit six fours in his 139 minutes stay in the crease.
The hosts were bowled out for 169 runs without much sweat for Englishmen on Thursday.
Opener Ashen Silva hit a painstaking 66 but James Anderson and Monty Panesar took nine wickets between them as England took control of day one.
Silva looked confident against a Test class attack and batted four hours for his 66, hitting eight boundaries. The left-hander was selective in his stroke play before being caught behind off a beautiful delivery from Steven Finn, just before tea.
SLC President's XI had a dreadful start as they lost two wickets for 11 runs inside 10 overs before Ashen and Roshen Silva put on 54 runs for the second wicket before lunch.
Anderson once again made a good start to the series with 4 for 19 off 11 overs.