Home side bowls Sri Lanka out for 119 to win first Test by an innings and 88 runs on Day 3
James Anderson ran through Sri Lanka's line up once again, picking up the third ten-wicket haul of his career, as England bowled the visiting side out for 119 to complete an innings and 88-run win on the third day of the first Test at Headingley on Saturday (May 21). The home side leads the three-match series 1-0.
Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, finished with figures of 5 for 29 to add to his return of 5 for 16 in Sri Lanka's first innings 91. His haul for the day included Kusal Mendis, who rode his luck to make 53 -- an innings where he gave four chances.
Sri Lanka resumed in the morning on one without loss. The overcast conditions that greeted the batsmen were similar to those in which they collapsed on Friday when they were undone by the new ball-pairing of Anderson and Stuart Broad (4 for 21), ably supported by Jonathan Bairstow who made 140 in England's first innings of 298. In addition to his batting heroics, Bairstow held on to nine catches behind the stumps, and edged Anderson to win the Man of the Match award.
Dimuth Karunaratne avoided a pair on Saturday but fell for 7 when caught head-high by Bairstow after the left-hander got an outside edge to a near-unplayable Anderson delivery that bounced and cut away off the seam. The same combination then accounted for Kaushal Silva (14).
Either side of the wickets, Mendis drove both Anderson and Steven Finn for well-struck fours. But he was fortunate on 23 when a hard edge off Anderson went through the hands of James Vince at third slip.
Mendis was reprieved again on 29 when he edged Finn only for a diving Bairstow, in a rare blemish this match, to drop the low one-handed catch. Then, off what turned out to be the last ball before lunch, Mendis should have been out for 47 when he edged a seemingly comfortable chance off Broad to third slip, only for Vince to again put him down.
Rain stopped play for more than two hours and when the match resumed, Alastair Cook brought on Moeen Ali. His second ball saw Mendis get a thin glance, with Bairstow failing to hold the difficult legside chance.
But Cook's gamble was rewarded two balls later when Dinesh Chandimal chopped an intended cut onto his stumps. Mendis, whose innings was a mix of the streaky and the stylish, then clipped Anderson through midwicket for a boundary that saw him complete a 62-ball fifty including 10 fours.
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, had made a Test-best 160 when his side won at Headingley two years ago to claim their first series win in England, but he only managed 5 on Saturday before he was caught behind off Broad.
And 93 for 4 became 93 for 5 after Mendis's luck ran out when, trying to leave an Anderson delivery, he deflected the ball onto his stumps. Wickets continued to fall as Sri Lanka slipped to 116 for 7 at tea.
However, the break was the only respite for Sri Lanka, as England returned to mop up the tail in 1.3 overs in the final session. Finn grabbed two of those wickets to end with figures of 3 for 26. Fittingly, it was Anderson who picked up the last batsman, knocking over Nuwan Pradeep's stumps.
The second Test begins on Friday (May 27) at Chester-le-Street.