Sri Lanka tour of England, Only Test: England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Aug 27-31, 1998
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
27,28,29,30,31 August 1998 (5-day match)
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MA Butcher c Jayasuriya b Wickramasinghe 10 29 26 1 0 38.46
SP James c & b Muralitharan 36 133 111 3 0 32.43
GA Hick c †Kaluwitharana b Wickramasinghe 107 347 238 14 0 44.95
AJ Stewart*† c Tillakaratne b Perera 2 6 9 0 0 22.22
MR Ramprakash c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 53 175 149 4 0 35.57
JP Crawley not out 156 318 249 19 1 62.65
BC Hollioake c Atapattu b Muralitharan 14 88 53 1 0 26.41
DG Cork b Muralitharan 6 74 48 0 0 12.50
IDK Salisbury b Muralitharan 2 16 17 0 0 11.76
D Gough c †Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan 4 15 8 1 0 50.00
ARC Fraser b Muralitharan 32 59 52 3 2 61.53
Extras (b 1, lb 11, w 2, nb 9) 23
  Total (all out; 158.3 overs) 445 (2.80 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  GP Wickramasinghe 30 4 81 2 2.70 (1nb, 2w)
  ASA Perera 40 10 104 1 2.60
  HDPK Dharmasena 18 3 55 0 3.05
  M Muralitharan 59.3 14 155 7 2.60 (8nb)
  ST Jayasuriya 11 0 38 0 3.45
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
ST Jayasuriya c †Stewart b Hollioake 213 346 278 33 1 76.61
MS Atapattu lbw b Cork 15 55 26 1 0 57.69
DPMD Jayawardene c Hollioake b Fraser 9 56 40 0 0 22.50
PA de Silva c †Stewart b Hollioake 152 461 292 17 0 52.05
A Ranatunga* lbw b Gough 51 138 99 7 1 51.51
HP Tillakaratne lbw b Gough 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
RS Kaluwitharana c Crawley b Cork 25 57 50 2 0 50.00
HDPK Dharmasena lbw b Fraser 13 61 39 2 0 33.33
ASA Perera not out 43 104 77 6 1 55.84
GP Wickramasinghe b Fraser 0 11 7 0 0 0.00
M Muralitharan c †Stewart b Salisbury 30 55 36 5 0 83.33
Extras (b 15, lb 20, w 1, nb 4) 40
  Total (all out; 156.5 overs) 591 (3.76 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  D Gough 30 5 102 2 3.40
  ARC Fraser 23 3 95 3 4.13
  BC Hollioake 26 2 105 2 4.03 (1nb, 1w)
  DG Cork 36 5 128 2 3.55 (3nb)
  IDK Salisbury 25.5 7 86 1 3.32
  MR Ramprakash 5 0 24 0 4.80
  MA Butcher 11 2 16 0 1.45
  England 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MA Butcher st †Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan 15 53 45 3 0 33.33
SP James c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 25 185 150 1 0 16.66
GA Hick lbw b Muralitharan 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
AJ Stewart*† run out (sub [UDU Chandana]) 32 149 145 1 0 22.06
MR Ramprakash c Tillakaratne b Muralitharan 42 246 220 3 0 19.09
JP Crawley b Muralitharan 14 53 59 2 0 23.72
BC Hollioake lbw b Muralitharan 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
DG Cork c †Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan 8 22 23 2 0 34.78
IDK Salisbury lbw b Muralitharan 0 2 4 0 0 0.00
D Gough b Muralitharan 15 145 133 2 0 11.27
ARC Fraser not out 0 5 6 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 7, lb 8, w 1, nb 14) 30
  Total (all out; 129.2 overs) 181 (1.39 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  GP Wickramasinghe 4 0 16 0 4.00
  ASA Perera 11 2 22 0 2.00 (1w)
  M Muralitharan 54.2 27 65 9 1.19 (12nb)
  HDPK Dharmasena 19.3 13 12 0 0.61
  ST Jayasuriya 28 14 30 0 1.07
  PA de Silva 10.3 3 16 0 1.52
  DPMD Jayawardene 2 0 5 0 2.50
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings (target: 36 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
ST Jayasuriya not out 24 22 17 2 2 141.17
MS Atapattu not out 9 22 13 1 0 69.23
Extras (lb 4) 4
  Total (0 wickets; 5 overs) 37 (7.40 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  ARC Fraser 2 0 19 0 9.50
  DG Cork 2 0 3 0 1.50
  BC Hollioake 1 0 11 0 11.00

Match details


Toss - Sri Lanka, who chose to field
Series - Sri Lanka won the one-off match
Test debut - ASA Perera (Sri Lanka)
Player of the match - M Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Umpires - EA Nicholls (West Indies) and DR Shepherd
TV umpire - JW Holder
Match referee - AM Ebrahim (Zimbabwe)
Close of play
  • Thu, 27 Aug - day 1 - England 1st innings 228/4 (GA Hick 107*, JP Crawley 10*, 91 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 79/1 (ST Jayasuriya 59*, DPMD Jayawardene 4*, 20 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Aug - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 446/3 (PA de Silva 125*, A Ranatunga 50*, 110 ov)
  • Sun, 30 Aug - day 4 - England 2nd innings 54/2 (SP James 20*, AJ Stewart 15*, 42 ov)
  • Mon, 31 Aug - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 37/0 (5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 5
Day 3
Day 2
    • Crawley and Fraser's partnership beats the previous record for England v Sri Lanka (40, between Malcolm and Emburey in 1993).
    • When de Silva reached 23, he became the first Sri Lankan to reach 5000 Test runs
    • de Silva and Jayasuriya's stand of 243 was the highest for any Sri Lankan wicket against England, or for their third wicket against any country.
    • UDU Chandana substituted for PA de Silva
    • MS Atapattu scored his 1000th Test run
    • Muralitharan took his 200th Test wicket when he dismissed Cork
    • Muralitharan's 9/65 was the best bowling in Tests by a Sri Lankan, and the 7th best analysis of all time in Tests
    • Muralitharan's match figures of 16/220 are the best by a Sri Lankan, and the 5th best analysis of all time in Tests
 
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