After a Thrilling Draw in the first test in Lords, England straight away put the upper hand in the second day to grab lead in the series at Leeds. After bowling out Sri Lanka for 257 England openers play out remaining overs to ensure to go into 2nd Day with no harm done.

After winning the toss, Cook decided to bowl on a track with moisture and under overcast conditions. Even though, England needed 15 overs to break the opening partnership as Sri Lankan opener Silva stood like a wall along with other opened Karunaratane before he got out after scoring 13 putting a stand of 37 to Anderson. Later Plunkett ripped through Karunaratne on his second ball for 28 reducing SL to 56 for 2. In-Form, Sangakkara and Jayawardene seen that they walk into lunch without any more loss.

After Lunch, both the batsmen tried to score as run rate picked up a bit. Plunkett who bowled well got a nick of Sanga went through to Keeper who put down a dolly. But Plunkett didn’t left as in his next over he removed Jayawardene and Thirimanne in back to back deliveries. Mahela put on 52 for 3rd wicket scoring 22 among it with Sanga. Later Mathews tried to score aggressively and fell to Anderson after scoring 26 off 28 balls leaving his team at 161 for 5. Sangakkara continuing is dream form score another fifty and carried on with Chandimal to Tea break.

Both the batsmen didn’t feel difficulty facing England. They both put on 67 for 6th wicket before Broad gave a shock to SL removing Sangakkara for 79. Soon in the next over Plunkett got his fourth wicket sending Prasad back. Troubles increased for Lanka as Broad took a Hat Trick. He picked up Sanga of last ball of his over, later in his next over he sent Chandimal & Eranga of the first two balls. Thus he became just the fourth bowler to pick two hat tricks in Test Cricket. Hearth and Pradeep put up 28 crucial runs for 10th wicket before Plunkett bag Pradeep’s wicket to pick up his first Test 5-fer.

England came out to bat in the last hour of the play as they didn’t tried to score but preferred to start tomorrow freshly. Hey both score 36 runs in 15 overs, which means England trail Sri Lanka by 221 runs.

Score Details:

England: 36 for 0 (SD Robson 21*, A Cook 14*) trail Sri Lanka: 257 all out (Sangakkara 79, Chandimal 45; L Plunkett 5/64, S Broad 3/46) by 221 runs

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