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Plunkett, Broad take England ahead

Hosts end first day at 36 without loss after bowling Sri Lanka out for 257

Plunkett, Broad take England ahead - Cricket News
Stuart Broad of England leaves the field after his first innings hat trick during day one.
Liam Plunkett took his Test-best figures and Stuart Broad bagged his second Test hat-trick as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 257 by England on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday (June 20). England, in reply, was 36 without loss at stumps with Alastair Cook on 14 and Sam Robson on 21. 
 
Plunkett took 5 for 64 in only his second Test in seven years and Broad, who took a hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge in 2011, became the first England bowler, and only the fourth overall, to achieve the feat twice in Tests. Broad’s milestone came when he removed Kumar Sangakkara (79), Dinesh Chandimal (45) and Shaminda Eranga with successive deliveries across two overs. 
 
England, fielding in overcast conditions, got some early wickets but the good work might have been undone by Kumar Sangakkara, who was given four reprieves on the way to 79. 
 
Sangakkara could have been run out on zero and was then caught behind on 16, only for neither bowler Plunkett nor Matt Prior, the wicketkeeper, to appeal. He was given a further life on 27 when Prior dropped a routine catch, again off Plunkett, and was missed again on 57, when Moeen Ali failed to hold a tough chance at backward point.
 
Sangakkara eventually exited when he drove Broad and Ian Bell, in his 100th Test, held an excellent catch at gully. And his departure was the start of a collapse that had four wickets falling for one run in nine balls.
 
Plunkett first had Dhammika Prasad caught behind for a duck. Broad returned next over and sent back Chandimal, playing in place of Prasanna Jayawardene, when he was caught by Cook at first slip. Broad then had his hat-trick when Eranga was caught behind.
 
Plunkett ended the innings when he had Nuwan Pradeep caught behind.
 
In the process, Plunkett surpassed his previous Test-best of 3 for 17, also against Sri Lanka, in Birmingham in 2006.
 
When England began its reply, Sri Lanka thought it had Cook caught at slip by Sangakkara on five but with replays proving inconclusive, Cook survived.

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