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Sri Lanka have clung onto a draw a thrilling first Test against England despite an enthralling final day performance from the hosts at at Lord's.

After England declared 267-8 overnight Sir Lanka eased to 164-3 at tea until James Anderson claimed four wickets, before the visitors managed to close to day 201-9 despite a late scare on the final ball.

Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara struck 118 between them as following Dimuth Karunaratne's (16) early dismissal but following their departure England decimated the Sri Lanka batting order as Anderson, Stuart Broad (2) and Chris Jordan (3) claimed wickets in quick succession.

With just over 11 overs remaining Lord's was lifted as Prasanna Jayawardene saw a decision overturned by umpire Billy Bowden for lbw off Chris Jordan's delivery

England soon had another wicket as Nuwan Kulaserkara headed for the pavilion after being caught lbw by Broad and with time running out they suddenly claimed another priceless wicket as Anderson removed Mathews with Cook catching his prodded edge at the first slip leaving England needing just two wickets in their remaining thee overs.

In the final over the hosts' pressure paid off as Broad struck with his first ball, although in very controversial circumstances as replays suggested Rangana Herath's glove was not on the bat at the moment of contact. But with no review to follow England were left to chase one wicket from the remaining five balls.

With one ball left England looked to have got the final wicket they needed as Prandeep was caught lbw. The decision however was quickly placed under review with replays suggesting the original calls for out as way off the mark as Prandeep got a slight edge on the ball.

After an abundance of late drama, Sri Lanka edged to survive and claim a draw on an absorbing day at Lords.

The second and final Test of the series at Headingley starts on Friday.