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1st Investec Test, Leeds, May 19 - 21 2016, Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland
(f/o) 91 & 119
England won by an innings and 88 runs
Player Of The Match
140 & 9 catches
jonny-bairstow
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• The Report by Andrew Miller

Anderson ten leads England's surge to innings victory

James Anderson sealed the third ten-wicket haul of his Test career, as England's bowlers powered their way to an innings-and-88 run victory with a final three-wicket flurry after tea

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Scores: Thilak Ram
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England298/10(90.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka91/10(36.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka119/10(35.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

5.35pm: Okay, move along, move along. Time for someone to sweep away the debris and kick the caravan on to Durham. Miller's report will detail a rather sorry display from Sri Lankan, albeit against a peerless swing bowler in favourable conditions, and we'll have more analysis and reaction up on the site shortly. Thanks for your comments, it's been short but sweet as ever. Test cricket is back and, for England as least, it's been all white on the night. Cheerio!

5.25pm: Here we go, presentations time... Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "Yeah, it was a tough game. Bairstow and Hales batted really well to get them to 300, I thought we started well but we dropped a couple of catches. We've got to practice hard, regroup, we've got a few days off, talk about our strategies and bounce back. It's a bit inexperienced [batting line-up] but we have to be fearless but it was against a top-quality bowling attack and there wasn't much we could do. You can't make too many changes, it's going to be hard but we have to make the change mentally. The batters have to be really skillful in those conditions and unfortunately we couldn't cope."

England captain Alastair Cook: "Nice standing at first slip with our bowling attack in those conditions. [Follow on?] If we had three more days we would have batted, we weren't sure about Ben [Stokes], but the rain break today gave us a bit more time off and the way Jimmy and Stuart backed up, it was a pleasure to captain them. You always wonder if Headingley had that twist in it at some point... Jonny Bairstow was brilliant, an extraordinary innings, and I thought the way Alex batted was really disciplined and set the game up. [Bayliss chat after rain break] He just wanted a bit more publicity, standing out in front of every one... [Dropped catches?] We still created chances, really pleased with the performance and we head to Durham with a lot of confidence."

Jonny Bairstow is named Man of the Match: [Anderson a close second] "He's got it on a string, really skillful, but I'm delighted to get the award. It's exciting to keep to, for me and the slips to be involved with, it keeps you in the game. Hope we can do the same again next week. I'm pleased with the way I'm striking the ball, wouldn't say I'm the finished article, pleased with the way it's going but more to do in the series. [Frustrated with dismissal] It was a soft way to get out, Finny batted really well to help put on 50, Alex as well, to get us up to 298. To come close and not get over the line but having been there, Alex has shown how good a player he is, so I don't see why he can't get there. It's been absolutely fantastic, the crowd's been brilliant, it shows how much it means when people come out to support us, to score my first hundred in England and take nine catches, it means so much."

5.10pm: Another undignified collapse, SL losing 8 for 40 after the rain break to be obliterated for the second time. That will help England erase the memory of 2014 and it puts them 1-0 up in the series, with two to play (not to mention 4-0 up in the 'Super Series'). If the size of the challenge for Sri Lanka was in any doubt, it has been made absolutely crystal clear amid the Leeds murk. There's a question about Ben Stokes' fitness for Chester-le-Street but a couple of extra days' rest won't hurt in that regard. Going to be a steep learning curve.

Here's Jimmy, after picking up his third ten-wicket haul in Tests, on the ground where he shed a tear two years ago: "Very different [to 2014], nice to put that to bed well and truly. We were frustrated last time, got off to a good start here, hopefully we can carry that on. It's been a good week for us, the knocks from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales showed how crucial it was, not good conditions for batting, they deserve a lot of credit and then all four seamers got involved. We stuck at it, thought they played quite well in the second innings but we got through them. Of course, without Sangakkara and Mahela, it's a weaker team but at the same time they've still got players that are class batsmen. We put enough balls in the right areas to challenge them. All in all, a couple of chances went down today but that's going to happen, but we did well in the field."

35.3
W
Anderson to Pradeep, OUT

bowled him, no doubt this time! Full pint, stumps shattered, Pradeep defending on leg as the ball hit middle - ten wickets for Anderson in the match and SL have been hammered into the Headingley turf, England win by an innings and 88 runs. Finish him, he did

Nuwan Pradeep b Anderson 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
35.2
Anderson to Pradeep, no run

pitched up and swinging outside off, Pradeep wafts... was that an outside edge to YJB? No, bat on the ground

35.1
1
Anderson to Eranga, 1 run

length ball around off stump, Eranga pokes it through point and gets off the mark

Here comes James Anderson, back in search of his ten-for... "Finish them"

end of over 352 runs • 2 wickets
SL: 118/9CRR: 3.37 
Nuwan Pradeep0 (2)
Shaminda Eranga1 (1)
Steven Finn 8-0-26-3
Stuart Broad 13-0-57-1
34.6
Finn to Pradeep, no run

hanging back in the crease, pushed away, in the air briefly. They've survived the over!

34.5
Finn to Pradeep, no run

back of a length, on the stumps, backing away and dobbed into the covers

Two in four balls for Finn - and Bairstow is still stuck on nine catches. Here's Nuwan Pradeep, the last man with his finger in the dam

34.4
W
Finn to Thirimanne, OUT

got him, steered to slip! Thirimanne gives up the fight, pushing half forwards, the latest edge to go to hand. Sri Lanka are falling over themselves to get out of Headingley and away from the scene of the crime

Lahiru Thirimanne c Root b Finn 16 (56m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 53.33
34.3
1
Finn to Eranga, 1 run

angling in on the stumps, swings across the line and gets it away through square leg to get off strike

Here's Shaminda Eranga at No. 10

34.2
W
Finn to Chameera, OUT

good bounce off a length, inside edge on to pad, taken at short leg! Easy as you like... Nick Compton bags his first catch in that position, a straightforward one and Finn has another, SL eight down and about to be counted out

Dushmantha Chameera c Compton b Finn 0 (7m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Dushmantha Chameera to face his first ball

34.1
1
Finn to Thirimanne, 1 run

round the wicket, full length and flicked off the legs through square leg, takes the single to the man in the deep

It will be Steven Finn to continue, for now. Never mind Moeen, I'm sure Anderson will champing to get back on and have a crack at a 10-for...

This match has lasted just 160 overs, so far - effectively a two-day game, without the rain. Unless there's a twist to come. Any dreamers in tonight?

Here's Samuel: "Prediction: Ali to come on and bowl the first over after tea taking the vital wicket of Thrimmane within the first 3 balls." The players are on their way back out so we'll see if Sam's right shortly.

end of over 345 runs
SL: 116/7CRR: 3.41 
Lahiru Thirimanne15 (28)
Dushmantha Chameera0 (0)
Stuart Broad 13-0-57-1
Steven Finn 7-0-24-1

4.45pm: The end is nigh, I fear. Sri Lanka have been trying to tame a tiger with feather duster, thrown in against two of the best new-ball bowlers in the world under grey skies on a damp seamer in May. Kusal Mendis' maiden Test fifty ensured they didn't quite run up the white flag but, unless Lahiru Thirimanne has a suit of power armour he can strap on at tea, this one is going to be all over fairly soon. Even then, he's going to need someone to stay with him... Although the rain might return to lend a hand. Anyway, we'll be back for more in just a jiffy.

33.6
1
Broad to Thirimanne, 1 run

full length, on the stumps and flicked away through backward square for one - and that's tea, which had rather crept up on me in all the excitement

Ryan: "I have a solution. Reduce early summer test matches to four days." Ooh, cheeky

33.5
Broad to Thirimanne, no run

slightly back of a length, keeps on top of the bounce, pushed square

33.4
Broad to Thirimanne, no run

this time Broad brings the ball back, a whisker or two outside off as Thiri leaves

33.3
Broad to Thirimanne, no run

comes across and covers the line. Thirimanne has actually done okay here

33.2
4
Broad to Thirimanne, FOUR runs

short and wide, reaches for the cut, top-edged over the slips and away for four. One way to get 'em

33.1
Broad to Thirimanne, no run

length ball, left alone outside off

"Disagree with Hypocaust - it's demoralising and depressing to see a team crumble this easily, even if the bowling has been world-class. Give me a close-fought draw any day..." This has been a bit of a beat up, Louis. But then a good old-fashioned thumping never does anyone any harm - just ask England's 2013-14 Ashes squad. Oh, hang on

end of over 331 run • 1 wicket
SL: 111/7CRR: 3.36 
Lahiru Thirimanne10 (22)
Steven Finn 7-0-24-1
Stuart Broad 12-0-52-1
32.6
W
Finn to Herath, OUT

length ball, chipped to cover, Herath's gone! He understandably wasn't keen to get into line again, having just had treatment from the physio, reaching for a drive that wasn't quite there and the ball spooned straight to the fielder, finally giving Finn a wicket on his comeback

Rangana Herath c Broad b Finn 4 (23m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Herath's going to need a rub from the magic sponge here

32.5
Finn to Herath, no run

goes short once more, this time Herath takes a blow on the elbow. Trying to pull but beaten for pace

32.4
Finn to Herath, no run

back of a length and Herath takes it to leg, bottom edged into the ground, short leg collects

32.3
Finn to Herath, no run

slightly short again, angled down the leg side and Herath waddles out of the way

32.2
Finn to Herath, no run
Best performances - batters
Jonny Bairstow portrait
JM Bairstow ENG
140 runs (183)
13 fours
1 six
Control75%
Productive shot
cover drive
30 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Alex Hales portrait
AD Hales ENG
86 runs (206)
12 fours
0 six
Control80%
Productive shot
cover drive
30 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson ENG
O
11.4
M
6
R
16
W
5
ECO
1.37
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson ENG
O
13.3
M
5
R
29
W
5
ECO
2.14
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of England and Ireland
Season2016
Player Of The Match
Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2203
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days19,20,21 May 2016 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka
James Vince
James Vince
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
India Image
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Peter Hartley
Match Referee
Zimbabwe Image
Andy Pycroft
PointsEngland 4, Sri Lanka 0
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