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England wrap up emphatic innings win over Sri Lanka

England celebrate the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep
England celebrate the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep
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England 298 (Bairstow 140, Hales 86) beat
Sri Lanka 91 & 119 (Mendis 53, Anderson 5-30) by an innings & 88 runs
First Test, Headingley

James Anderson completed a 10-wicket haul as England thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs midway through the third day of the first Test at Headingley.

The start of play on day-three was delayed shortly due to rain. A few minutes into the day’s play, Anderson (5-29) produced an unplayable away swinging delivery and had Dimuth Karunaratne (7) caught behind.

Kusal Mendis (53) and Kaushal Silva (14) offered a brief resistance with a 25-run stand. In the 11th over of the innings, Anderson produced another edge and sent Silva back to the hut.

Four overs later, Jonny Bairstow dropped Mendis off Steven Finn (3-26). The England pacers continued to keep a tight leash on the scoring rate. Mendis was given another reprieve in the 19th over when James Vince dropped him in the slips.

Moments later, the rain came down and the players were off the ground. The umpires used this chance and called for an early lunch.

The rain refused to relent after the lunch break and caused a delay of nearly three hours. The first over after resumption saw Moeen Ali (1-2) castling Dinesh Chandimal (8), who had played onto his stumps.

Mendis, who had been playing well from the other end, completed his maiden Test fifty in the 21st over.

Two overs later, Angelo Mathews (5) edged a delivery from Stuart Broad (1-57), leaving Sri Lanka struggling at 93 for four. In the next over, Mendis dragged an Anderson delivery onto his stumps.

The procession of wickets continued as in the 29th over, Anderson produced yet another away going delivery which took the edge of Dasun Shanaka (4). It was taken by Bairstow, and it was his ninth catch in the match.

Rangana Herath (4) offered a brief 23 minutes resistance but he was caught in the covers off Finn. Lahiru Thirimanne (16) negotiated the 34th over and took Sri Lanka to the tea break with the score reading 116 for seven.

In the first over of the final session, Finn accounted for the wickets of Dushmantha Chameera (0) and Thirimanne, leaving England one- wicket away from a win.

It took just five more balls for England to wrap up a massive victory with Anderson completing his 10-wicket haul by breaching the defences of Nuwan Pradeep (0).

This win by an innings and 88 runs gave England a 1-0 series lead. Bairstow was the man of the match.

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