Result: Kumar Sangakkara century halts England

Middle-order batsman Kumar Sangakkara hits his first Test century at Lord's to leave Sri Lanka on 415-7 in response to England's 575-5.

Kumar Sangakkara hit his first Test century at Lord's to ensure that Sri Lanka dominated the third day of the first Test.

Englands Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lankas Kumar Sangakkara for 147 runs with Englands James Anderson during the third day of the first cricket Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket ground in London on June 14, 201© Getty Images

The middle-order batsman hit 147 as the visitors avoided the follow-on target of 376, with captain Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 79 and Mahela Jayawardene scoring 55.

Having come into the session on 121 not out, Sangakkara continued his impressive form to the dismay of England.

However, Moeen Ali was gifted his first Test wicket by Sangakkara with a cut into Matt Prior's gloves, and Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan claimed a scalp apiece to leave Sri Lanka on 415-7 compared to England's 575-5 at the end of play.

Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the opening day of the third and final cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf emirate of Sharjah on January 16, 2014
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