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Broad hat-trick restricts Lanka

Leeds: Stuart Broad became the first England player to bag two Test hat-tricks and Liam Plunkett claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 257 on the opening day of the second Test.

The home side, in reply, reached 36 for nought at the close of play, here, on Friday with captain Alastair Cook unbeaten on 14 and Sam Robson batting on 21.

Broad became the fourth player in history to register two Test hat-tricks and neither the all-rounder, his teammates 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 deliveries of the next.

The pacer steamed in for his third ball with a vociferous crowd roaring him on, seemingly unaware he had already achieved three wickets in successive deliveries.

Plunkett also took two wickets in as many balls earlier as Sri Lanka, who were put in to bat, failed to make the most of a fortunate innings of 79 from the in-form Kumar Sangakkara.

The first Test centurion was Broad’s first victim when his loose drive was well taken at gully by Ian Bell, playing in his 100th Test, to leave Sri Lanka on 228 for six.

Plunkett then removed Dhammika Prasad for a duck. Broad came back for the next over and had Dinesh Chandimal snapped up at slip by Cook for 45 before Shaminda Eranga feathered an edge through to Prior for another naught.