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Summary

  1. Bad light ends play as SL follow on
  2. Anderson 5-16, Broad 4-21
  3. Five catches for Bairstow
  4. Bairstow 140, Hales 86; Shanaka 3-46
  5. First Test of three-match series

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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But that is your lot from me today. It's been a belter for England, runs and wickets giving them entire control of this first Test match.

Join us tomorrow, but bring a waterproof and an umbrella. Enjoy your Friday night.

Right then, a couple of things to point you towards. Our match report is live while our cricket page has plenty of highlights from the day's play. A little later, Pint-Sized TMS will be live. Keep your eyes peeled because it's outstanding.

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Phil Harper: You look away from the cricket for a couple of hours and...bang. Never dull supporting England!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Bairstow feels he can hit every ball out of the middle because his confidence is so high. It was a superb performance, it was much more difficult than Cape Town. The thing with England's middle-order players is they can take the game away from the opposition."

Anderson flying high

Leading Test wicket-takers graphic
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Hales couldn't get any rhythm this morning, he was struggling to get any momentum into his batting. He went leg-side of the ball to try and get inside-out over cover - he should have gone over the top over mid-on."

Tomorrow? More of the same? If it's dry. The worry for England is that the forecast is wetter than a haddock's bathing costume. Surely, though, there's not enough rain to save Sri Lanka in this one.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The follow-on was a no-brainer. Most captains I played with wouldn't have even asked anybody - they'd just have said, 'You're batting.'"

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Anderson and Broad are two high-quality bowlers, and they get enough balls in the right area to create pressure. At Headingley, in these conditions, Greenidge and Haynes would have struggled to stay in."

Close of play

SL 1-0 (trail by 206)

Umpires measure the light
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In case you needed it confirmed, we are done for the day. England have bossed it to move into a position of total control. Jonny Bairstow's hundred-making heroics, followed by nine wickets between James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Sri Lanka on their knees, but weather around in the next couple of days.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It just proves how important it is for the international players to play county cricket. Anderson has played three County Championship matches and bowled over 100 competitive overs. He's learnt what we know, that the older you get, the more you need to bowl. He's got all the rhythm, he had the conditions and he got the ball in the areas he wanted and made it move."

In the kerfuffle of the end of the Sri Lanka first innings and the follow-on, I'm not sure we showed you the final wicket. Here it is. Shades of Kasprowicz at Edgbaston in 2005. Sort of.

Sri Lanka all out for 91

There's a few complaints about bad light ending play in this way. I'll tell you now, it's very dark out there. Seems more than fair to have taken the players off.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think there's total relief for the Sri Lankan team. I'm not surprised the umpires have brought them off and I think it's fair and right."

The umpires are still out in the middle with the groundstaff, but the players have departed. It's hard to see how we'll have any more cricket this evening. Graham Ford, the Sri Lanka coach, dons his ceremonial headdress and leads his men in a super-sized let-it-rain-for-three-days dance.

Bad light stops play

SL 1-0

Players leave the field
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The boos tell you all you need to know. We're going off, Sri Lankan relief palpable. I think - and this really is a guess - if we're not back on by 18:43 that will be it for the day.

SL 1-0

Two balls in, the umpires are getting together. Fear the lightmeter...

The bell rings, England stomp down the stairs, Alastair Cook chews gum with the relaxation of a man who doesn't think he will bat again in this match. It's still darker than an outhouse at Headingley - maybe the light will save Sri Lanka at some point. James Anderson, 4-1 in his last spell, has the ball once more.

The roller is chugging up and down the track. That will do three-quarters of nothing. With the overheads as they are, batting will remain fraught with danger.

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Anthony Donegan: 298 must be up there with the lowest test 1st innings scores to successfully enforce a follow on?

Alex Norton: Bairstow has a first innings lead of 49 runs over Sri Lanka.

We can play until 19:13 tonight, which is perhaps about 10 overs. What damage could England do in that time? Remember, the forecast for tomorrow is ruddy awful.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"This morning, Geoffrey Boycott told us Sri Lanka would not make the follow-on target. It's only fair that we salute his prescience."

An easy decision, no? Perfect conditions for bowling, England with only 36.4 overs in their legs, a Sri Lanka side brittle enough to have lost their last six wickets for 14 runs. Nick Compton looks pleased, he might not have to bat again in this match.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"What a turnaround. Since Angelo Mathews was dismissed, it's been a gentle procession. The match has moved on at a remarkable pace."

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Eranga c Bairstow b Anderson 1 (SL 91 all out)

James Anderson raises the ball after taking five wickets
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The HotSpot mark on the bat tells you that Sri Lanka are all out for 91. James Anderson has 5-16. When the decision comes, England have a brief chat, then Cook turns to the Sri Lanka and mouths something like "you guys can bat". England have enforced the follow-on.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I thought it was pad, but the appeal was very confident."

England review

SL 91-9

This is a freebie review. England still have a couple in the bank, so they think it's worth a go. Has Eranga tickled Anderson down the leg side?

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Francis Edwards: This has to be the worst Sri Lanka side I have seen in a very, very long time. I reckon the Windies could give this lot a go!

SL 91-9 (need 8 to avoid the follow-on)

I'm just throwing this out there, but why would Eranga and Pradeep want to get these eight runs? If they do, they'll probably have to bowl again tonight. If they don't, they can stick their feet up and tell the batsmen to have another go.

SL 91-9

Nuwan Pradeep the new man. He's a genuine number 11. A ferret, one who goes in after the rabbits. He plays his first delivery from Broad with his feet somewhere near square leg. Shaminda Eranga, it's over to you...

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Stuart Broad celebrates
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"It was a good catch again from Finn. It is difficult to pick up the pace of the ball from mid-on. Thirimanne has played well, but he got himself out playing the sort of shot he wouldn't have dreamt of playing at five or six down. Sometimes you've got to have faith in the guy at the other end."

WICKET

Thirimanne c Finn b Broad 22 (SL 91-9)

Thirimanne caught by Finn

He's done it again! Steven Finn has got down to take another catch and Sri Lanka are on the brink. It's an awful stroke from Lahiru Thirimanne, a half-hearted whip across the line at Stuart Broad, with Finn coming in from mid-on to swoop low and take the catch. The follow-on looms...

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I would definitely enforce the follow-on. The conditions haven't been that sapping."

SL 90-8 (need 9 to avoid follow-on)

Thirimanne, you feel, has to make a move here. The top-order batsman has to do his best to get Sri Lanka over the line. Shaminda Eranga has shuffled out to join him and Thirimanne isn't keen on giving him the strike. Odd light at Headingley. Floodlights still on but the sun trying its hardest. Thirimanne can't pinch the strike. Eranga has to face Broad...

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a very good catch. Bear in mind that Steven Finn is 6ft 7in. It was a loose drive, but it's quite hard to gauge at mid-on how well the ball has been struck and how quickly it's coming at you."

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Chameera c Finn b Broad 2 (SL 90-8)

Broad removes Chameera for 2

The Sri Lanka openers should start thinking about batting again tonight. Steven Finn, the big giraffe, has got down to hold a low one, clinging on as Dushmantha Chameera drove to short mid-off. Sri Lanka still need nine to make England bat again....

Steven Finn celebrates catch
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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"Come on Mr Dar, you were only five yards away. The umpires have got to take responsibility."

Third umpire

SL 90-7

Steven Finn! Whadda catch! Short cover, diving to hold Dushmantha Chameera. Surely this has carried?

SL 88-7 (need 11 to avoid follow-on)

Anderson, swinging more than Duke Ellington, again almost turns Chameera inside-out, but the number nine at least manages a single that takes Sri Lanka closer to the follow-on mark. Problem is, he's not got to deal with Stuart Broad.