England vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 1: Plunkett and Broad slice through Sri Lanka

Plunkett recorded the first five-wicket haul of his Test career

Plunkett recorded the first five-wicket haul of his Test career

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England pace bowler Liam Plunkett picked up the first five-wicket haul of his career and fellow seamer Stuart Broad took a hat-trick to help their side slice through Sri Lanka on the first day of the second Test at Headingley.

While Plunkett and Broad stole most of the spotlight for their outstanding bowling, Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara deserves a lot of credit as well as he scored a vital half-century.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first after Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson for 13.

Dimuth Karunaratne managed to make 28 runs before he was clean bowled by Plunkett.

Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Jayawardene was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan at second slip off the bowling of Plunkett for 22.

Plunkett struck again the very next delivery when Lahiru Thirimanne was caught by Sam Robson at short leg for a golden duck.

Sangakkara and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews steadied the innings with a 53-run partnership, during which Sangakkara brought up his half-century, before Mathews was caught by Gary Ballance at third slip off the bowling of Anderson.

Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal kept the runs flowing with a 67-run partnership before Sangakkara was the victim of a stunning catch by Ian Bell, who is playing in his 100th Test, at gully.

Sangakkara’s excellent knock of 79 came off 147 balls and included 13 boundaries.

Sangakkara struck 13 boundaries during his crucial knock of 79

Sangakkara struck 13 boundaries during his crucial knock of 79

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Dhammika Prasad failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Plunkett for a duck.

Chandimal ended up making 45 before he was caught by Cook at first slip off the bowling of Broad.

With Broad having dismissed Sangakkara on the last delivery of his last over and Chandimal on the first ball of his next over, he was on a hat-trick.

Broad completed the rare feat when Shaminda Eranga was caught behind for a golden duck.

With that hat-trick, Broad became the first Englishman to take two hat-tricks in his Test career.

Sangakkara, Chandimal and Eranga were the victims of Broad's hat-trick

Sangakkara, Chandimal and Eranga were the victims of Broad’s hat-trick

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Plunkett recorded his maiden five-wicket haul when Nuwan Pradeep was caught behind for 13.

Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with a career-best five wickets, while Broad snapped up three and Anderson chipped in with two as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 257.

Trailing by 257, England got off to a solid start as Cook and Robson amassed an unbeaten 36-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Cook finished on 14 off 50 balls, which included two boundaries, while Robson remained undefeated on 21 off 41 deliveries, which included two boundaries as well.

England ended day one on 36/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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