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170dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Sri Lanka fight on shortened opening day

England's bowlers hit back on the first day in Cardiff after Sri Lanka had set a solid base through their openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
203(409) 17x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 78 runs
  • 11x4 - 0x6
3 8 21 14 77 22 17 41
AN Cook
AN Cook
133(274) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 67 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
9 4 15 23 46 9 0 27

Best performances - Bowlers

GP Swann
O7
M1
R16
W4
Eco2.28
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CT Tremlett
O10
M2
R40
W4
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Liam Brickhill

England surge to victory by an innings and 14 runs, Tremlett leading them from the field with souvenir stump in hand. Sri Lanka just completely lost it after tea, their composure falling away completely as they imploded to lose 8 for 49 in just over 12 overs since tea. What an incredible finish, we're all still catching our breath here.

Tremlett started the slide with two wickets before the break and a third immediately upon the resumption to reduce Sri Lanka to 33 for 3. It was one-way traffic from there, Swann coming to the fore after the initial damage had been done to claim four quick scalps and Broad returning to finish things off. Sri Lanka were completely blown away.

"Please give Senor Kidger a nod for getting it spot on," writes Luke. "What I took for either overconfidence in England's bowling or underconfidence in SL batting, may have been both or neither but he saw a possibility where i certainly saw none."

Mayur: "After witnessing what just happened. The picture of the england slip cordon in the cricinfo gallery for this match sends shivers down my spine. This team may very well be on their way to be number one. Watch out India. Theyre coming. From an indian fan."

Dilshan is disconsolate in the post-match interviews, Strauss is beaming and happy. Neither man thought a result was possible today. Dilshan, who has the shellshocked look of a man who cannot quite believe what has just happened, backs his team, and his two great batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, to rise to the occasion at Lord's. Understandably, he wants his team to forget this day and simply move on. Strauss points out that England were on the receiving end of a collapse like this in Adelaide four years ago. Jonathan Trott is the Man of the Match, but he points out that apart from his "dull hundred" there were two good knocks by Cook and Bell. "Just keep believing," says Tremlett, when asked what the chat in the England dressing room during the tea interval was about.

Andrew McGlashan has been tapping feverishly at his keyboard for some time to bring you his summation of the remarkable events of this evening in his bulletin. There will also be a gallery to peruse shortly, and you can head to our Facebook page for some celebratory gloating/defeated lamentations, depending who you were supporting today.

Stuart Broad has already mentioned the win on Twitter: "That's the most unbelievable Test win I've played in! Sat in the changing room for 3 days and sneaked a win!" Well, quite. That's all from a stunned ESPNcricinfo office for now. Join us on Friday time for the second Test at Lord's, where the first ball will be bowled at 11.00am BST. Liam Brickhill, Andrew McGlashan and Sahil Dutta were your commentators for this match, goodbye from us all.

24.4
W
Broad to Lakmal, OUT, that's it! Gone! How have England pulled a win out of this game? Incredible stuff. Dug in again by Broad, Lakmal just couldn't deal with the bounce and the ball looped easily to Cook in the slips to complete the victory

RAS Lakmal c Cook b Broad 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

24.3
0
Broad to Lakmal, no run, that could well be Broad's fastest ball of the game, really hurling it down at pace. Defended from the crease
24.2
W
Broad to Perera, OUT, what a catch! That is a stunning effort at short leg, and Perera is gone. He flapped at another short ball, the ball pinging lamely off the bat and Bell leaping forward to clutch the catch inches from the turf. England surge towards a win!

NLTC Perera c Bell b Broad 20 (32m 17b 4x4 0x6) SR: 117.64

Just two slips for Perera

24.1
1
Broad to Mendis, 1 run, short and rising, fended to fine leg. A leg slip would've made things interesting there

Three slips, gully and short leg in place

END OF OVER:
24 | 8 Runs | SL: 81/8

  • Ajantha Mendis11 (17b)
  • Thisara Perera20 (16b)
  • Graeme Swann7-1-16-4
  • Stuart Broad7-1-20-0
23.6
1
Swann to Mendis, 1 run, chipped uppishly through midwicket, the ball evades a diving fielder and there's almost a mix-up between the batsmen! Tense times out there
23.5
4
Swann to Mendis, FOUR runs, swept hard down to fine leg, an easy boundary once the shot was connected as the field is right in for Mendis. England lead by just 16 now

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1TM DilshanNT Paranavitana
2nd9TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd23DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th3TT SamaraweeraKC Sangakkara
5th7HAPW JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
6th0HAPW JayawardeneMF Maharoof
7th0HAPW JayawardeneNLTC Perera
8th9HMRKB HerathNLTC Perera
9th30NLTC PereraBAW Mendis
10th0RAS LakmalBAW Mendis