Anderson, Broad decimate Sri Lanka on day two
England 298 (Bairstow 140) v
Sri Lanka 91 (Mathews 34) & 1-0
First Test, Headingley, second day
After Jonny Bairstow scored a fantastic 140, James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared nine wickets to bowl Sri Lanka out for 91 runs after which England enforced the follow on under gloomy skies on the second day of the first Test at Headingley.
England resumed on their overnight score of 171 for five. Six overs into the morning session, Bairstow (140) was dropped in the 60th over.
Bairstow and Alex Hales (86) continued to prosper in their 141-run partnership as England went past the 200-run mark. In the 70th over, Hales was given a reprieve when he was dropped by Dimuth Karunaratne.
The partnership was broken when Rangana Herath (2-25) had Hales caught at deep extra cover in the 73rd over. Two overs later, Dushmantha Chameera (3-64) struck twice to remove Moeen Ali (0) and Broad (2).
Soon, Bairstow completed his 145-ball century and survived a review for an lbw in the 79th over. Along with Steven Finn (17), Bairstow took England to 243 for eight at the lunch break.
Six overs into the second session, Finn was dropped by Kaushal Silva in the 87th over. Making full use of the reprieves, Bairstow and Finn added 56 runs for the ninth wicket.
Bairstow holed out to mid-on in the 90th over and a few minutes later, Herath had Finn stumped, bowling out England for 298 runs in 90.3 overs.
Dasun Shanaka (3-46) and Chameera were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets apiece while Herath managed two.
It took England just four overs to strike with the ball, with Broad (4-21) having Karunaratne (0) caught behind for a 12-ball duck.
In the next couple of overs, Anderson (5-16) and Broad dismissed Silva (11) and Kusal Mendis (0) in successive overs with both players were caught behind. Sri Lanka were reduced to 12 for three at the fall of Mendis’ wicket.
Dinesh Chandimal (15) and Angelo Mathews (34) had dug deep and thwarted some accurate bowling from Anderson and Broad. The pair took Sri Lanka to the tea break with the score reading 43 for three.
The first ball of the third session saw Chandimal edge a Ben Stokes (1-25) delivery to James Vince (0-10) in the slip cordon. A few moments later, bad light stopped play for about 10 minutes.
Lahiru Thirimanne (22) and Mathews struck together for 10.5 overs in their 34-run stand for the fifth wicket. Mathews was playing his shots and scoring at a good pace while Thirimanne dropped anchor.
However, in the 27th over, Anderson trapped Mathews lbw, to move to the sixth position in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket, going past India’s Kapil Dev.
An over later, Anderson had Shanaka (0) caught by the wicket-keeper and returned in the 31st over to see the back of Herath (1).
Between overs 34 and 37, Sri Lanka lost Chameera (2), Thirimanne (22) and Shaminda Eranga (1) and were bowled out for 91 runs which is their lowest first innings score in Test cricket against England.
Anderson completed his 19th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Also, this was the first time Anderson ended up with four or more wickets in an innings at Headingley.
England enforced the follow on but only two balls were bowled before the players went off the field due to the fading light.
Five minutes later, the umpires decided to end the day’s play. At stumps, Sri Lanka were one for naught in their second innings and were trailing by 206 runs.
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