- Sri Lanka's first-innings lead of 498 is the seventh-highest in Test cricket. The last time a team took a bigger lead was in 2006, and Sri Lanka were the dominant side in that game as well: against South Africa in Colombo, they declared at 756 for 5, with Mahela Jayawardene scoring 374 and Kumar Sangakkara 287, after South Africa had been bowled out for 169 in their first innings. At the receiving end in that match, South Africa had dished out similar treatment to England three years earlier at Lord's, when they declared at 682 for 6 after bowling England out for 173. The four other instances of teams taking first-innings leads of more than 498 were all when the teams batting first made huge scores and then dismissed the teams batting second cheaply.
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