England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, fifth day May 30, 2011

A new low for Sri Lanka

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's remarkable collapse on the final day of the first Test

In an extraordinary finish to a rain-affected game, England pulled off an innings victory when it seemed that a draw was a foregone conclusion. When Sri Lanka started their second innings trailing England by 96 runs, only 51 overs were left in the game. Incredibly, they didn't even survive half that many, losing six wickets for 19 at one stage to slump to an utterly demoralising defeat. The stats highlights from their innings won't make pleasant reading for their fans.

  • Sri Lanka faced only 24.4 overs in their second innings and were bowled out for 82 to lose by an innings and 14 runs. It is the lowest number of deliveries faced by Sri Lanka in a completed innings in Tests. Their previous lowest was 24.5 overs against Pakistan in 2006, when they were bowled out 73.

  • The 24.4 overs is also the least number of overs in which England have bowled out any team since they bowled India out for 42 in 17 overs at Lord's in 1974. It's also 14th in the overall list of least deliveries faced by a team which has been bowled out in their second innings.

  • Sri Lanka's total is their fourth-lowest score in Tests and their ninth score below 100. It is also their second-lowest score against England, after the 81 in Colombo in 2001. Their lowest score in Tests is 71 against Pakistan in 1994.

  • The innings defeat is Sri Lanka's 28th in Tests, their 22nd overseas, and only their second against England. The previous innings defeat against England came in 2002 when they lost by an innings and 111 runs in Birmingham.

  • Sri Lanka's innings had four ducks, which is one short of their record. Only twice have they had more in an innings: against India in Chandigarh in 1990 and against New Zealand in Wellington in 2006-07.

  • This became only the fourth instance of Sri Lanka losing after scoring 400 or more runs in the first innings. The last such instance came against India at Colombo SSC in 2010 when they lost after scoring 425.

  • For the first time, three English batsmen scored a century in a single innings in a Test against Sri Lanka. Their overall record is four, against Australia at Nottingham in 1938 and against West Indies at Lord's in 2007.

  • Graeme Swann's 4 for 16 is his best bowling against Sri Lanka in Tests, surpassing his 3 for 78 in the first innings. It is also the sixth-best performance by an English spinner against Sri Lanka.

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  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    I think, in second innings of 1985 Lords' test Botham bowled off spin to claim 6wkts.

  • Niroshan on May 31, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Well if the top players who represent the country are not interested in their motherlands pride what else can be done. I am not blaming IPL. Even if it is there a player should be able to prioritise. COUNTRY COMES FIRST. Any idiot knows how hard it is for subcontinent players to cope with seaming ball. But no, players decide that they will miss practice and perform miracles in the real test. People remember great test players not T20 players. They remember 3W's,Dons,Gavaskars not these stupid current lot who is after money like rabid dogs.With honest people like Murali gone SL cricket will go down. Test rankings will come down. With the current venomless bowling attack of SL it will be far far away when we will win any tests. Very soon they will taste the bitterness of what west indies cricket going through. But then IT WILL BE TOO LATE.

  • Roshen on May 31, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    For everybody here, it's easy to forget that SL have been playing test cricket only 3 decades and less than a dozen full tours in Eng and Aus combined. With so few oppurtunities, the achievements are immense. And for my Indian friends, anyone remember that India were shot out twice in a day playing in Eng. Maybe you weren't born then, but that is how long Ind have been playing test cricket. So ....

  • Grant on May 31, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I think that means that England have won 4 of their last 5 matches by an innings (or have i counted wrong?). That is impressive

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    South Africa B team did very well in this test. With Strauss, Trott & Pietersen all being born & brought up in South Africa. I feel sorry for SL on their next series with South Africa.

  • Pulkit Aryan on May 31, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    i was jus thinking this morning... ahhh how bad would it be to come back home from work and finding The Brits finally showing some grits !!!

    they had 51 overs and anything was possible. I felt it was possible and now Englishmen are starting to make us believe in it as well.

  • Gator on May 31, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka has never been a renowned test team and well i think only three batsmen fall under the test match batsmen category. That would be sangakkara, Mahela and Samaraweera. We would be fortunate to see the Sri Lankans bowl out England even in one innings. The only bowler whom i thought could have made an impact was Nuwan Pradeep. Malinga's absence just makes the lankan bowling lineup look like a club side. I am an ardent Sri Lankan supporter but this test team is just absolutely mediocre. The batting is the only aspect that could save us on this tour. The batting is above average. The bowling is worse than a B side and the fielding well i hope it does not let us down. Overall England is playing a Sri Lankan B team. There is no way in the world that the English should rejoice if they win this series. They have a way sterner test in the form of India that lies ahead.

  • shailesh on May 31, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Brillant game display by Englishmen,,i am delighted to see thei batting and dowling display,,brillant india vs england goona be blast

  • Manesh on May 31, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    As I predicted earlier, it will be hard for Lankans to win a test match with just 2 class players (jayawardhane and Sanga). Dilshan is unpredictable and rest of them are not so good.

  • Sukumar on May 31, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Its not because of IPL effect the Lankans lost thier game. They needed a partnership to rebuild innings after early losses but they never got one. Getting bowled out for 25 overs in a 5 day game is not the one expected from a World No 3 ranked team's batting line up which had Dilshan,Pranavitana,Kumar & Mahela. This shows how they lack overseas exposure. What can you call if a team cant bat out 50 odd overs or atleast score 96 runs runs to avoid innings defeat??? even if they had played in T20 format they would have scored 150 runs in 20 overs which would have made them bat england again for the remaining overs left...

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