Match Report : Day 3 : Jimmy rips through Lanka to seal big England victory
Brief scores:England 298 beat Sri Lanka 91& 119 (Kusal Mendis 53; James Anderson 529, Steven Finn 326) by an innings and 88 runs
James Anderson took five wickets to inspire hosts England to a crushing victory over Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs in the first Test at Leeds on Saturday . Anderson claimed 10 victims in the match as Sri Lanka crumbled to 119 in their second innings on the third day after being asked to follow-on.
Anderson had Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (14) caught by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow in another probing spell in the morning before rain forced the players off for an early lunch with Sri Lanka on 77 for two. Spinner Moeen Ali forced Dinesh Chandimal, on eight, to chop the ball on to his stumps before Kusal Mendis, dropped twice, became the first Sri Lankan batsman to pass fifty in the match.
Stuart Broad forced Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews to nick another catch through to Bairstow and Mendis, on 53, was bowled by Anderson off the inside edge. Dasun Shanaka’s unhappy stay at the crease ended when he edged Ander son through to Bairstow, the ninth catch of the match for the flame-haired keeper who scored a brilliant 140 in England’s innings.
Rangana Herath chipped Steven Finn to Broad at short extra cover and the touring side limped to tea on 116 for seven. England ruthlessly wrapped up the last three wickets in 10 minutes.