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He moved untroubled to 33 before being he slashed at a widish delivery from Nadeem Malik and perished to a head high catch from Graeme Hick at slip to leave Surrey on 126-5.
Rana Naved, having struggled early on, sent down another widish ball outside off-stump.
Marcus Trescothick wafted at a widish delivery before Abdul Razzaq extracted two generous lbw decisions from umpire Simon Taufel - which may not be the last time England are shafted by an Aussie before the year is out.
Dismissed as lightweight in some quarters, he has nevertheless scored nine goals - including a recent glut - from a position either behind a lone striker or widish on the right.
Gough soon showed he was keen to give it a go, hitting a widish ball for three in Kirby's first over, but he then edged Silverwood to Matthew Wood at second slip to lose his wicket to his old bowling partner for the second time in the match.
Next ball saw him attempt to put the kitchen sink behind a widish one.
Showing his first glimpse of belligerence, Key tried an ambitious pull - not the Saturday-night variety - and dragged Ashish Nehra's widish one back on to his stumps via a pad.
Then wicketkeeper Colin Smith safely pouched an edge from Ryan Haire as he chased a full-length widish delivery.
The Sri Lankans did well to apply the brakes on the Indians after Kohli -- and Yuvraj who scored a single -- had hammered pacer Kulasekara for 16, which included two boundaries and a six over widish long on.
He went on to a half-century off 74 balls, with nine fours, but loosely drove at a widish delivery from Lucas and edged behind.
Considering Diego Rivera finished second on his only other start at Wolverhampton, it's puzzling why Peter Makin hasn't run him at the track more often and, provided Fergus Sweeney is able to cover him up from a widish draw, I'm expecting him to bounce back to form off what should be a decent gallop with Tri Chara, Willridge and Poppy's Rose all capable of putting early pace to a race.