England seal innings victory
LEEDS, England (AP):
James Anderson carved through Sri Lanka twice in two days and Jonny Bairstow backed up his century with nine catches behind the stumps as England won the first Test by an innings and 88 runs inside three days yesterday.
Anderson collected five wickets in each of Sri Lanka's innings as the tourists completely failed to deal with the veteran's swing and movement off the pitch on a seam bowler-friendly surface at Headingley.
With England quickly hitting form at the start of their summer season, Sri Lanka were all out for 91 in their first innings. Following on, Sri Lanka slumped to 119 in their second innings soon after tea on the third day, with Anderson bowling Nuwan Pradeep for a duck for the final wicket and his 10th of the match.
Those Sri Lankan collapses came after England were put in to bat on a green pitch in Leeds and were themselves under pressure early before escaping from 83 for five to make 298.
Even with a significant amount of time lost to rain, England's seamers then sealed a convincing win for the home team to start the three-match series. Along with Anderson's 10-45, his third 10-wicket haul in Tests, Stuart Broad took 4-21 in the first innings, and Steven Finn 3-26 in the second.
"It's quite nice standing at first slip captaining a bowling attack in those conditions," England captain Alastair Cook said.
Bairstow was chiefly responsible for England's first-innings total - a very good score considering the pitch - with his first century in England. It came at his home ground, too, as the Yorkshireman made 140 and combined for a 141-run stand with Alex Hales (86) that took the game away from Sri Lanka.
Wicketkeeper Bairstow also scooped nine catches for an outstanding performance. The only downside for England was a left knee injury to all-rounder Ben Stokes, with the second Test following on quickly at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
There were fears over the experience of Sri Lanka's batting line-up in this series, with greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retired. Those fears were realised on a swinging, seaming pitch with only one Sri Lankan - Kusal Mendis - reaching 50 in two innings.
"It was a tough Test for us. I thought we batted poorly right throughout," Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said.
Mathews also admitted to having "a bit of worries" over Sri Lanka's batting for the rest of the series.