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by John Pennington Friday 20 June 2014
Sri Lanka 257 (Sangakkara 79, Plunkett 5-64) vEngland 36-0Second Test, Headingley, day oneScorecard
Stuart Broad took a hat-trick and Liam Plunkett five wickets as England dominated the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Broad dismissed Kumar Sangakkara, the only Sri Lankan to score a half-century, before dismissing Dinesh Chandimal and Shaminda Eranga with the next two balls he bowled.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Broad, Plunkett (5-36) and James Anderson (2-49) made good on Alastair Cook's decision by dismissing Sri Lanka for 257.
And Cook's day ended well too when he, along with Sam Robson, successfully negotiated a 15-over spell to take England to stumps on 36 without loss.
While England were unsurprisingly unchangd from the darw at Lord's, where they just ran out of time trying to dismiss Sri Lanka in their second innings, the tourists made two changes.
Dinesh Chandimal replaced injured wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene while fast bowler Dhammika Prasad came in for Nuwan Kulasekara.
It was England's quick men who would enjoy their day with just four overs in Sri Lanka's innings being bowled by spinners Moeen Ali and Joe Root.
Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Kaushal Silva (13) added 37 together before the latter was caught behind off Anderson and the former was bowled by a hooping Plunkett inswinger that ripped out his leg stump.
Sri Lanka survived until lunch with Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene joining forces but it took a superb catch from Chris Jordan at slip to remove Jayawardene for 22 as he slashed outside off stump at Plunkett.
One ball later Lahiru Thirimanne was gone too, fending a bouncer to Robson at short leg.
Angelo Mathews survived the hat-trick ball and put on 53 with Sangakkara for the fifh wicket to mount something of a fightback.
He made 26 in 28 balls before Anderson had him caught by Gary Ballance.
Sangakkara, who faced 147 balls and hit 13 fours during a fluent half-century, then put on 67 with Chandimal, who scored 45 in 55 balls, for the sixth wicket.
Playing his 100th Test, Ian Bell took a stunning catch at gully to see off Sangakkara and set up Broad's hat-trick.
That wicket came with the ball of the 63rd over and with the fourth ball of the 64th, Plunkett had Prasad caught by Matthew Prior for a two-ball duck.
Back came Broad and from the first ball of his next over Chandimal drove loosely and was caught by Cook.
Eranga then played a similar shot and after a thin edge was gobbled up by Prior, Broad had his hat-trick, but he was not aware of it at the time, only being told a little after the event.
England were briefly frustrated by Rangana Herath (14 not out) and Nuwan Pradeep (13) before Plunkett picked up his five-wicket haul by having Pradeep caught by Prior.
Cook, unbeaten on 14, and Robson, not out no 20, then cautiously played out the final hour to complete an excellent day for the home side.
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