LONDON (AFP) - Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan led from the front with an unbeaten century as the tourists fought back against England on the second day of the second Test at Lords here Saturday. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 231 for one, 255 runs behind Englands first innings 486. Dilshan was 127 not out after sharing a record-breaking first-wicket partnership of 207 with left-hander Tharanga Paranavitana (65). This was Sri Lankas first century opening stand in a Test in England and the best for any first wicket in England-Sri Lanka Tests, surpassing the 168 shared by Englands Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan in 2002 on another typically good Lords pitch. Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 13 at the close. It was all a far cry from Mondays collapse in Cardiff where Sri Lanka were dismissed for just 82 as England won the first Test by an innings and 14 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. England missed a chance to separate the openers on 37 when left-hander Paranavitana, whod then made 13, edged fast bowler Steven Finn, recalled in place of the injured James Anderson, to Alastair Cook at third slip. But Cook, fielding in the spot vacated by the retired Paul Collingwood, dropped the chance despite getting both hands to the ball. Dilshan played his natural free-scoring game, hooking Chris Tremlett, one of Englands trio of 6ft 5in plus seamers, for six and lofting off-spinner Graeme Swann into the Lords Pavilion where the ball hit a spectator. Dilshan then cut Finn for his 11th four to complete a 12th Test hundred in 129 balls. Finn eventually had the wicket he was denied previously when Paranavitanas near four-hour knock ended when he edged a booming drive to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip. Earlier, England were bowled out for 486 on the stroke of lunch, with wicketkeeper Matt Prior making 126 his fourth Test hundred. Prior, together with Stuart Broad, who made an elegant 54, scored briskly during a seventh-wicket stand of 108 in 91 balls. England, who had slumped to 22 for three after losing the toss Friday, resumed on 342 for six. ScoreCard England 1st Innings (overnight: 342-6) A Strauss lbw b Welegedara 4 A Cook c Maharoof b Fernando 96 J Trott lbw b Lakmal 2 K Pietersen c Dilshan b Lakmal 2 I Bell c Paranavitana b Welegedara 52 E Morgan lbw b Lakmal 79 M Prior b Herath 126 S Broad lbw b Welegedara 54 Swann c Paranavitana b Welegedara 4 C Tremlett not out 24 S Finn b Herath 19 Extras: (b3, lb7, w4, nb10) 24 Total: (all out, 112.5 overs) 486 FOW: 1-5, 2-18, 3-22, 4-130, 5-201, 6-302, 7-410, 8-414, 9-452, 10-486. Bowling: Welegedara 28-4-122-4 (5nb, 2w); Lakmal 25-2-126-3 (1w); Maharoof 17-5-57-0; Fernando 17-2-77-1; Herath 18.5-1-64-2; Dilshan 7-1-30-0 Sri Lanka 1st Innings T Paranavitana c Strauss b Finn 65 T Dilshan not out 127 K Sangakkara not out 13 Extras: (b10, lb13, w2, nb1) 26 Total: (1 wkt, 63 overs) 231 FOW: 1-207 Bowling: Broad 17-2-55-0; Tremlett 13-3-44-0 (1nb); Finn 12-2-48-1 (2w); Swann 18-3-50-0; Pietersen 3-0-11-0. Match position: Sri Lanka are 255 runs behind England with nine first innings wickets standing. Toss: Sri Lanka Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIS) and Rod Tucker (AUS) TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)