Result
1st Test, Cardiff, May 26-30 2011, Sri Lanka tour of England and Scotland
(24.4 ov)
400 & 82
496/5d
England won by an innings and 14 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Tremlett and Swann secure incredible victory

Graeme Swann and Chris Tremlett bowled England to an extraordinary innings-and-14-run victory as Sri Lanka collapsed in a barely believable 24.4 overs on the final day in Cardiff

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka400(118.4 overs)1st Innings
England496/5d(155 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka82(24.4 overs)2nd Innings

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
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 248 runs
SL: 81/8CRR: 3.37 
Ajantha Mendis11 (17)
Thisara Perera20 (16)
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
23.4
2
Swann to Mendis, 2 runs
this delivery holds its line outside off, squirting off a thick edge and running down to third man
23.3
1
Swann to Perera, 1 run
punched down the ground for one
23.2
Swann to Perera, no run
leading edge! Perera was looking to work to leg but was done by the flight, the ball looping into space in front of point ...

Richard: "@Jon, it's the same for us South Africans - Centurion and Cape Town 18 months ago. Go Sri Lanka!"

23.1
Swann to Perera, no run
driven hard but straight to the extra cover fielder

Swann to continue, slip and short leg in place, deep midwicket, deep square and long-on out

end of over 231 runs
SL: 73/8CRR: 3.17 
Ajantha Mendis4 (14)
Thisara Perera19 (13)
Stuart Broad7-1-20-0
Graeme Swann6-1-8-4
22.6
Broad to Mendis, no run
good length on off stump to end the over, but Mendis leans forward and presents the full face of the bat to defend
22.5
Broad to Mendis, no run
Mendis yanks his bat inside the line to leave this one alone, as a length ball holds its line outside off
22.4
Broad to Mendis, no run
past the inside edge! Broad gets one to nip in off the seam, cutting the batsman in half
22.3
1
Broad to Perera, 1 run
a life for Perera! And Bell is down. It was another short ball, Perera not even nearly in control of it and it lobbed up temptingly ... Bell rushed back, substitute fielder Stewart Walters ran in, and it landed just between them, Walter's knee digging into Bell's chest and winding him. He's up and fine now. That was so close
22.2
Broad to Perera, no run
short again, a true bouncer this time and Perera is in a tangle! He didn't know much about that, the ball rushed on for him and a one-handed flail sends the ball just past Bell at short leg

Vishal: "Had no interest in this match with a weak SL bowling unit plus the rain but boy have things livened up or what - now i am hooked watching every ball like a hawk. WOW - long live test match cricket!!"

22.1
Broad to Perera, no run
dug in quite short, fending defence off the back foot

Change in the attack, Tremlett is taken out and Broad comes back to try and get rid of Perera

end of over 228 runs
SL: 72/8CRR: 3.27 
Ajantha Mendis4 (11)
Thisara Perera18 (10)
Graeme Swann6-1-8-4
Chris Tremlett10-2-40-4
21.6
4
Swann to Mendis, FOUR runs
driven through cover with great confidence. As far as the two men at the crease are concerned, all is not yet lost. That's a fine shot
21.5
Swann to Mendis, no run
turn and bounce for Swann! The ball spins in sharply to strike Mendis on the thigh
Best performances - batsmen
IJL Trott
203 runs (409)
17 fours
0 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
78 runs
11 fours
0 sixes
38211477221741
AN Cook
133 runs (274)
10 fours
0 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
leg glance
67 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
941523469027
Best performances - bowlers
GP Swann
O
7
M
1
R
16
W
4
Eco
2.28
CT Tremlett
O
10
M
2
R
40
W
4
Eco
4.00
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of England and Scotland
Player Of The Match
Jonathan Trott
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1994
Season2011
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days26,27,28,29,30, May 2011 (5-day match)
Test debut
Thisara Perera
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
David Millns
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath