Plunkett, Broad star at Headingley

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England were on top after day one of the second Test at Headingley, sitting on 36 without loss after bowling Sri Lanka out for 257, with Liam Plunkett and Stuart Broad the chief destroyers.

England were on top after day one of the second Test at Headingley, sitting on 36 without loss after bowling Sri Lanka out for 257, with Liam Plunkett and Stuart Broad the chief destroyers.

Plunkett claimed his maiden Test five-fer, including two wickets in one over, while Broad became the first Englishman to take two Test hat-tricks. He bagged his three in a row over two overs, and initially didn't even know he'd got the hat-trick.

Sri Lanka's main scorer was Kumar Sangakkara, who bagged his sixth consecutive Test half ton (79), while Dinesh Chandimal contributed with 45. At the close Alastair Cook was on 14 and Sam Robson on 21.

With the series level after the draw at Lord's, Cook won the toss and opted to bowl, which turned out to be correct. Opening howlers Broad and James Anderson gave the batsmen all manner of trouble.

With Broad beating the bat repeatedly, he eventually struck the pad for an LBW appeal. The umpire said no and Cook said no to a review, but replays showed it would have been well out, and Broad was disconsolate.

But Anderson got the first breakthrough soon after, with Kaushal Silva getting the faintest outside edge. He did not review it, despite looking a bit baffled, and walked off for 13, the score on 37.

Six overs later, Plunkett struck in his first over. Dimuth Karunaratne had made his way to 28 off 64 balls, but the 65th saw a jaffer from the local Yorkshire man, removing the leg stump spectacularly.

At lunch, veteran pairing Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were unbeaten, with the former on 16 and the latter on six, batting in what could be their last Test in England.

The afternoon saw Sangakkara dropped on 27 off Plunkett's bowling by Matt Prior. The keeper had the easiest of catches to claim, but he took his eye off the ball and it bounced onto his chest and to the ground, leaving the fielders to abort their celebrations.

Sanga was again dropped later on, just before tea, this time a tougher one to Moeen Ali. He was at backward point when Sangakkara cut the ball, and his diving effort only managed to save four runs.

Otherwise, Plunkett was successful in removing Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne in successive balls, with Anderson bagged Angelo Mathews' wicket late in the session, caught in the slips by Gary Ballance.

The evening was a disaster for Sri Lanka, as they lost four wickets for just one run. Broad took three of these, starting with Sangakkara for 79. He was brilliantly caught by Ian Bell at gully off the last ball of the 63rd over.

Plunkett then took the next wicket, that of Dhammika Prasad, which accounted for the later confusion. Broad then took out Chandimal (45) and Shaminda Eranga with the first two balls of his next over, giving him a hat-trick. But he didn't realise it at the time, until the stadium announcer clued him in.

Plunkett got the final glory though, getting Nuwan Pradeep's wicket after a bit of resistance, and walked off with the innings ball for his maiden five-fer. This left England needing to face just over an hour of play.

<b>England:</b> Sam Robson, Alastair Cook, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson.

<b>Sri Lanka:</b> Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep.

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