James Anderson bowls England to a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka, inside three days in Headingley on Saturday. The seamer took ten wickets in the match to hosts register an innings-win over the Angelo Mathews-led unit. After an impressive show (5/16) in the first innings, Anderson returned with 5/29 in the second.
As it happened
2137 hrs IST: Perfect 10 for Anderson as he lands the final nail. England seal a comprehensive innings win over Sri Lanka, inside three days
2130 hrs IST: Steve Finn rocks Sri Lanka after Tea as he gets rid of Thirmanne and Chameera in quick succession
2114 hrs IST: Tea has been taken in Headingley. The end is near for Sri Lanka. Only rain or something extraordinary would take the game into Day 4. Sri Lanka 116/7
2110 hrs IST: It’s only Thirimanne and the tail now. And, they have to deal with Anderson and Co in testing conditions
2100 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are seven down now. Steve Finn gets rid of Rangana Herath for just four. There is enough time left in the day for England to wrap the game
2045 hrs IST: That’s no.4 for Anderson as he scalps debutant Shanaka for four. England are four wickets away from a big win
2024 hrs IST: England would like to wrap this game inside the first three days. Thirimanne and debutant Shanaka in the middle for the visitors
2023 hrs IST: First Mathews, now Mendis. Sri Lanka are collapsing after resumption of play in Headingley. They still need 114 runs to make England bat again
2010 hrs IST: Meanwhile, that’s FIFTY for Kusal Mendis. He has played well under pressure, in testing conditions
2008 hrs IST: Mathews is the new man in, and Sri Lanka now need a special effort, or hope for more rain, to save this game
2005 hrs IST: WICKET! Play resumes and Moeen Ali scalps Dinesh Chandimal. The visitors, following on, are struggling to save this game
1950 hrs IST: The long rain delay continues. Play, however, is expected to resume today. When? Anybody’s guess!
1920 hrs IST: Covers are coming off in Headingley! Umpires out on the field
Covers coming off at Headingley.
— mike selvey (@selvecricket) May 21, 2016
1910 hrs IST: It seems the rain has stopped but nothing clear. Outfield is still wet
1845 hrs IST: It has started to rain again, heavy this time. It had stopped but…
1835 hrs IST: Little but signs of play! Rain has stopped and the groundsmen are doing the mopping. Let’s see how long it takes
1805 hrs IST: Still no signs of play being resumed. Damp in Headingley
1718 hrs IST: Lunch has also been taken in Headingley! Sri Lanka are 77/2 following-on and Mendis is on 47
1714 hrs IST: Rain has stopped play in Headingley! On the last ball before rain, Mendis was dropped in slips off Broad. Umpires say enough is enough
1656 hrs IST: DROPPED! Mendis has been dropped! Bairstow puts it down and Finn is frustrated
1650 hrs IST: Broad and Finn bowling in tandem for England
1645 hrs IST: Brilliant from Anderson. Some short stuff that is nipping off the pitch.
1631 hrs IST: WICKET! Anderson again. Silva has to deal with a full, seaming delivery. Manages an edge and Bairstow dives in front of the slips to take the catch. His seventh
1625 hrs IST: England pacers keeping Sri Lanka on the toes
1615 hrs IST: Silva and Mendis slowly accumulating runs for Sri Lanka. 28/1 after 7 overes
1600 hrs IST: Five overs gone and Sri Lanka are 22/1
1552 hrs IST: WICKET! James Anderson picks Karunaratne! Caught behind. First wicket for him
1545 hrs IST: James Anderson to finish his pending over from overnight
1530 hrs IST: A delayed start in Headingley. Wet outfield
THE BUILD UP:
England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad may have “hated” bowling at Headingley but all it needed was a change of ends to transform their collective fortunes at the ground.
The England pace attack ripped out Sri Lanka for 91 after Jonny Bairstow made an excellent century to put the hosts in complete control of the first Test on the second day in Leeds on Friday.