Bairstow hits century; Broad puts England on top


Stuart Broad sparked a Sri Lanka top-order collapse as England took charge of the first cricket Test at Headingley on Friday.

Sri Lanka was 43 for three at tea on the second day, 255 runs adrift of England’s first innings 298 which featured Jonathan Bairstow’s 140 on his Yorkshire home ground.

Dinesh Chandimal and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews were both batting 15 in testing, overcast conditions.

Broad, the World No. 1 Test bowler, needed just 12 balls to take his first wicket.

Coming round the wicket, Broad had Dimuth Karunaratne out for a duck as the left-handed opener edged an excellent delivery that nipped away through to wicketkeeper Bairstow.

Kaushal Silva, Sri Lanka’s other opener, was caught behind off a sharply rising ball from James Anderson for 11. Kusal Mendis, like Karunaratne, fell for a duck when he edged Broad and gave Bairstow his third routine catch of the innings.

Sri Lanka was 12 for three, with Broad having taken two wickets for no runs off three balls.

Those early Sri Lankan wickets also highlighted the value of Bairstow’s runs — and how costly it had been for Sri Lanka to drop him on 70, half of his eventual score.

Mathews — whose Test-best 160 laid the platform for Sri Lanka’s win at Headingley two years ago that clinched its first series win in England — defiantly cut Broad through point for four.

But he was almost undone by the last ball before tea, with occasional medium-pacer James Vince producing a spiteful delivery that leapt off a good length.

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