James Anderson's (above) 434th scalp was Kaushal Silva © Getty Images
James Anderson’s (above) 434th scalp was Kaushal Silva © Getty Images

England are on top against Sri Lanka at Tea, having restricted them to 43/3 on Day 2 of the 1st Test at Headingley. England, who scored 298 thanks to a brilliant 140 from Bairstow, were aided by brilliant bowling from Stuart Broad and James Anderson. The young SL batsmen were found wanting against the experienced bowling duo, so much that at one stage they were 12 for 3. Since then, skipper Angelo Mathews and wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal have steadied the ship with some good defense and confident shots. They made sure SL did not lose another wicket, knowing the weakness in the batting below them. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka First Test at Headingley, Leeds: Live Cricket Score

Earlier, a brilliant century from Bairstow helped the hosts reach a respectable total of 298. He along with Alex Hales took over from where they left yesterday. Hales played the anchor role, allowing Bairstow to play shots. But their partnership of 141 was broken by Rangana Herath when Hales tried to take on him, but was caught at deep covers. Soon, two more wickets fell in quick succession, leaving England stranded at 233 for 8. But Bairstow along with Steven Finn played sensibly, taking the score to 298. LIVE BLOG: England (ENG) vs Sri Lanka (SL) 2016 Live Cricket Score, Day 2

In reply, SL started off without losing a wicket in the first 3 overs. But Broad succeeded in scalping Karunaratne in the final ball of the 4th over, which started off the visitors’ downfall. In the next two overs, both Silva and Kusal Mendis were removed, leaving their side stranded at 12 for 3. But the experienced duo of Mathews and Chandimal have got them somewhat back in the game.

Brief Scores: England 298(Jonny Bairstow 140, Alex Hales 86, Dasun Shanak 3 for 46) vs Sri Lanka 43/3(Angelo Mathews 15, Dinesh Chandimal 15, Stuart Broad 2 for 14)