Stuart Broad became the first England player to bag two Test hat-tricks and Liam Plunkett on his Yorkshire home ground claimed his maiden five wicket haul as Srilanka were bowled out for 257 on the opening day of the second test.
England at stumps were 36 without loss. Alastair Cook, the England captain, was 14 not out and Australia-born opener Sam Robson 21 not out. England, who had seen Cook win the toss and opt to field first in overcast conditions were clearly confident of inflicting a fresh collapse upon Sri Lanka having come within one wicket of victory after dismissing nine of the tourists’ batsmen on the last day at Lord’s. But England’s early good work threatened to be undone by Sri Lanka star batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who was given four reprieves on the way to top-scoring with 79.
Broad became the fourth player in history to register two Test hat-tricks and neither the all-rounder, his team mates nor the crowd realised it because the first wicket came from the last ball of one over and the second and third arrived from the first and second delivery of the next.
MATCH FACTS :
England 36 for 0 (Robson 21*, Cook 14*) trail Sri Lanka 257 (Sangakkara 79, Chandimal 45, Plunkett 5-64, Broad 3-46) by 221 runs