Eng inflict shock defeat on Sri Lanka in 1st Test

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 9:58 [IST]
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Eng inflict shock defeat on Sri Lanka

Cardiff, May 31: In a heavily rain-marred first Test which seemed doomed to a draw, England put on a sensational performance with the ball to wrap up Sri Lanka's second innings for a meagre 82 runs, thus winning by an innings and 14 runs. After declaring soon on Day 5 at 496/5 with a first innings lead of 96, England pulled out all the stops as off-break Graeme Swann (4/16) and Chris Tremlett (4/40) ran through the Lankan line-up in under 25 overs to secure an unlikely victory.

On the final day of the Test, England resumed batting on their overnight score of 491/5, leading Sri Lanka by 91 runs. Ian Bell completed his century by striking a four off Thisara Perera and at 496/5, England declared. Bell was not out on 103 and Eoin Morgan was unbeaten on 14.

The Sri Lankan second innings was shambolic from the start. In just the second over, Nuwan Paranavitana edged Chris Tremnlett to captain Andrew Strauss at first slip and was out for a duck as the score read 1/1. Tillakaratne Dilshan tried to counter-attack by taking a four each off Stuart Broad and Tremlett. But almost immediately, Tremlett returned to have him caught and bowled for 10. Lanka were in a spot of bother at 10/2.

Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene tried to consolidate, taking their side into tea at 33/2 in 12 overs. But almost immediately after the break, Tremlett removed Jayawardene for 15 off 32 balls by inducing another edge to slip and Lanka were in trouble at 33/3 in 12.5 overs.Then Graeme Swann came to the party to dismiss Thilan Samaraweera for a duck. The visitors were deeper in trouble at 37/4 in 16.4 overs.

A couple of overs later, the Lankan captain himself had to depart after he was caught at slip for 14 off 38 balls off Swann. Sri Lanka were reeling at 42/5, but there was more destruction around the corner as in the same over, Swann had Farveez Mahroof caught behind for no score.

Tremlett added to Lanka's woes when in the following over, he removed the one man who could have saved Lanka - Mahela, who was on his way for 3. Then Thisara Perera took his side past 50 in the 19th over with a four off Tremlett. But at the other end Swann trapped Rangana Herath plumb in front for 3 as Sri Lanka slid to 52/8 in 19.1 overs.

With Ajantha Mendis for company, Perera tried to delay an inevitable defeat by striking Tremlett for two boundaries in the 21st over. But in the 25th over, Stuart Broad performed the last rites on Sri Lanka when he effected a double strike, sending back Perera for 20 and Lakmal for a duck.

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