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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test – Cardiff

First Test: England vs Sri Lanka at Cardiff in May 2011 : England won by an innings and 14 runs

Sri Lanka was playing its 199th test when they met England at Cardiff in the first test of this series. SL has won 61 tests, lost 71 tests and 67 tests were drawn

TM Dilshan with his 50 in the first innings of this test became the second Sri Lankan captain to score fifty plus on first captaincy assignment.  DS de Silva is the other Sri Lankan captain to perform such a feat. He had made 7 and 52 against New Zealand at Christchurch in May 1983.

N Paranavitana {63} and TM Dilshan {50} scored fifties in the first innings of this test to provide the 18th occasion of Sri Lankan openers scoring fifties against various oppositions and second such occasion against England. The first such occasion was witnessed at Col-SSC in 1992-93 when RS Mahanama {64} and UC Hathurasinghe {59} scored fifties

N Paranavitana {66}, TM Dilshan {50}, TT Samaraweera {58} and HAPW Jayawardene {112} scored fifties in the first innings of this test providing the 34th occasion of four or more Sri Lankan batsmen scoring fifties in a test innings against various oppositions and sixth such occasion against England.

HAPW Jayawardene scored 112 in this test providing the 17th occasion of a wicket keeper batsman scoring a hundred against various oppositions.  He became the second wicket keeper batsman to score a hundred against England after SAR Silva. SAR Silva has scored 102 not out at Lord’s in Aug 1984. Thus HAPW Jayawardene's 112 in this test is the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman against England.

HAPW Jayarwardene's 112 in this test represent his third hundred in tests. The other two are - 120* vs Bangladesh at Col-SSC in Jun 2007 and 154* vs India at Ahmedabad in Nov 2009.

HAPW Jayawardene and HMRKB Herath added 51 runs for the eighth wicket in this test providing the second occasion of a fifty plus runs partnership by Sri Lankan batsmen against England. The other occasion was - 53 runs partnership between HDPK Dharmasena and WPUJC Vaas at Kandy in Mar 2011.

HAPW Jayawardene and HMRKB Herath added 51 runs for the eighth wicket in this test providing the first occasion of a fifty plus runs partnership by Sri Lankan batsmen against England in England. The previous best was - 49 runs stand between C Kapugedera and WPUJC Vaas at Nottingham in Jun 2006

NT Paranavitana and TM Dilshan added 93 runs for the first wicket in this test to provide the highest opening partnership by Sri Lankan batsmen against England in England. The previous best was - 59 runs stand between RP Arnold and KC Sangakkara at Manchester in Jun 2002.
 

SJC Broad claimed his 100th wicket when he had NLTC Perera caught by Tremlett for 25 in the first innings of this test.  He captured three more wickets in this test and his wicket aggregate at the end of the test read 103. He became the 44th England bowler to capture 100 plus test wickets and 156th bowler in the annals of test cricket to perform such a feat

SJC Broad conceded 113 runs in the first innings of this test providing the 28th occasion of an England bowler conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings against Sri Lanka.

SJC Broad conceded 113 runs in the first innings of this test providing the fourth occasion of his conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings against various oppositions. The other three occasions are - 1 for 114 vs South Africa at Leeds in Jul 2008, none of 113 vs West Indies at Bridgetown in Feb 2009 and 1 for 129 vs Australia at Cardiff in Jul 2009.

Sri Lanka lost this test by an innings and 14 runs after scoring 400 runs in the first innings providing the 36th occasion of a team losing a test after scoring 400 plus runs in the first innings of the test.

It is interesting to note that there are only two occasion of a team losing a test by an innings margin after it had scored 400 plus runs in the first innings of a test. The two occasions are - England losing by an innings and 39 runs to Australia at The Oval in Aug 1930 after it had made 405 in the first innings. The second occasion was Sri Lanka losing by an innings and 14 runs at Cardiff in May 2011 after Sri Lanka had scored 400 runs in the first innings

Sri Lanka lost this test by an innings and 14 runs after scoring 400 runs in its first innings providing the 63rd occasion of a team losing a test after posting 400 plus runs in its first innings in the annals of test cricket.  Sri Lanka's loss by an innings and 14 runs provide the fourth occasion of a team losing by an innings margin after it had posted 400 plus runs in its first innings. The other three occasions are - Pakistan lost by an innings and 52 runs against India at Multan after posting 407 runs in its first innings :  England lost by an innings and 39 runs to Australia at The Oval in Aug 1930 after it had made 405 in its first innings and England losing by an innings and 39 runs to Australia at The Oval in Aug 2001 after it had made 432 in its first innings.

SJC Broad returned with figures of 2 for 113 in this test providing the 22nd occasion of an England bowler conceding 100 plus runs in an innings against Sri Lanka

AN Cook {133}, IJL Trott {203} and IR Bell {103 not out} scored hundreds in this innings providing the 21st, 22nd and 23rd  occasion of an England batsman scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka.

IJL Trott's 203 in this game represent not only the highest individual innings but also the first double hundred by an England batman against Sri Lanka. The previous best was – 174 by GA Gooch at Lord's in Aug 1991.

IJL Trott's 203 in this game represent his fifth hundred of his test career. The other four are - 226 vs Bangladesh at Lord's in May 2010, 184 vs Pakistan at Lord's in Aug 2010, 168* vs Australia at Melbourne in Dec 2010, 135* vs Australia at Brisbane in Nov 2010 and 119 vs Australia at The Oval in Aug 2009

IJL Trott's 203 in this test provide the 48th occasion of an England batsman scoring a double hundred against various oppositions.

IJL Trott with his two double hundreds - 226 vs Bangladesh at Lord's in May 2010 and 203 vs Sri Lanka at Cardiff in May 2011 - became the ninth England batsman to score two or more double hundreds against various oppositions. Others are - WR Hammond {07}, L Hutton {04}, DL Amiss {02}, DCS Compton {02}, GA Gooch {02}, DI Gower {02}, E Paynter {02} and KP Pietersen {02}

AN Cook scored 133 in this test providing the ninth hundred by an England opening batsman against Sri Lanka and the 278th hundred by an England opening batsman against various oppositions.

AN Cook's 133 represents his 13th test hundred, IJL Trott's 203 represents his sixth test hundred and IR Bell's 103 not out represents his 17th test hundred

AN Cook {133}, IJL Trott {203} and IR Bell {103 not out} scored hundreds in this test providing the 128th occasion of three or more batsmen scoring hundreds in a test innings in the annals of Test cricket.

AN Cook {133}, IJL Trott {203} and IR Bell {103 not out} scored hundreds in this test providing the 25th occasion of three or more England batsmen scoring hundreds in a test innings against various oppositions and the first such occasion against Sri Lanka

AN Cook {133}, IJL Trott {203} and IR Bell {103 not out} scored hundreds in this test providing the tenth occasion of three or more England batsmen scoring hundreds of which one is a double hundred in a test innings against various oppositions and the first such occasion against Sri Lanka.

HMKRB Herath returned with figures of 1 for 115 in this test providing the 198th occasion of a Sri Lankan bowler conceding 100 plus runs in test innings against various oppositions and provides the 19th such occasion against England

AN Cook and IJL Trott added 251 runs for the third wicket in this test providing the 34th occasion of England batsmen posting 250 runs partnership against various opposition and the first such occasion against Sri Lanka.

AN Cook and IJL Trott added 251 runs for the third wicket in this test providing the eighth occasion of England batsmen posting 250 runs partnership for the third wicket against various opposition and the

AN Cook and IJL Trott added 251 runs for the third wicket in this test providing the second occasion of England batsmen posting 200 runs partnership against Sri Lanka for various wickets. The other stand was - 202 runs for the second wicket between MA Butcher and ME Trescothick at Birmingham in May 2002. Thus the 251 runs stand between AN Cook and IJL Trott represent the highest three figure partnership for any wicket against Sri Lanka.

AN Cook and IJL Trott added 251 runs for the third wicket in this test providing the 21st occasion of England batsmen posting a century partnership for various wickets against Sri Lanka. This stand also represents the sixth occasion of a century partnership for the third wicket by England batsmen against Sri Lanka. This stand represents the highest three figure partnership for the third wicket against Sri Lanka. The previous best was - 167 runs partnership between N Hussain and GP Thorpe at Kandy in Mar 2001
 

IJL Trott and IR Bell added 160 runs for the fifth wicket in this test providing the 22nd occasion of England batsmen posting a century partnership for various wickets against Sri Lanka. This stand also represents the second occasion of a century partnership for the fifth wicket by England batsmen against Sri Lanka. The other occasion was the 173 run stand between KP Pietersen and PD Collingwood at Lord’s in Aug 1998

IJL Trott and IR Bell added 160 runs for the fifth wicket in this test providing the seventh occasion of England batsmen posting a partnership of 150 plus runs for various wickets against Sri Lanka.

England posted a total of 496 for 5 declared in this test providing the seventh occasion of it posting a total of 400 plus runs in an innings against Sri Lanka. This is the first occasion of England taking the first innings lead of 96 runs against Sri Lanka when it has posted a tatal in excess of 400 runs while batting in the second innings of the test

Sri Lanka was dismissed for 82 in its second innings providing the ninth occasion of being dismissed for a total less than 100 in a test innings and provides the second such occasion against England. The first such occasion was its 81 at Col-SSC in Mar 2001. Sri Lanka’s 82 in the second innings of this test represent its lowest total in a completed innings against England in England.  

Sri Lanka lost this test by an innings and 14 runs providing the 28th defeat by an innings margin against various oppositions and also represents its second defeat by an innings margin against England. Sri Lanka had lost the Birmingham test by an innings and 111 runs in May 2002.

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