Rain delays start of fourth day’s play

Cardiff: Rain meant there was no play before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens on Sunday.

The umpires decided to bring lunch forward by half an hour to 12.30pm (1130GMT), in the hope of making a prompt start to the afternoon session.

England were 287 for two overnight in reply to Sri Lanka`s first innings 400, a deficit of 113, in a match where every day`s play has been affected by bad weather.

Alastair Cook was 129 not out and Jonathan Trott 125 not out.

This match is the first of a three-Test series.

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