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30th May 2011: England vs Sri Lanka- A strange Result  

The second test match on the ground of Sophia Gardens was played on 30th May 2011 between England and Sri Lanka. It was an innings and 14 runs test victory for England.

Last updated: 30.05.2019
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30th May 2011 was the final day of an astonishing test match. The venue was Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. It was the second ever test match in that venue. The teams were England and Sri Lanka, playing the first test match of the series.

It started like any other test match. Sri Lanka won the toss under the new captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and decided to bat to show their proactiveness. They started strongly as Dilshan and fellow opener Tharanga Paranavitana both scored enterprising fifties. Rain played its part and only 48 overs were possible on day one. On day two wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene’s 112 took Sri Lanka to a respectable 400. England’s reply was strong. Jonathan Trott scored a double century and there were centuries from Alastair Cook and Ian Bell. But rain impacted severely as England were still batting at lunch on day five. They declared as soon as Bell reached his century with a score at 496. People expected a gentle day of the test match with Sri Lankan batsmen finishing the day with some batting practice. England were also a bowler short as James Anderson could not bowl due to a side strain.


But Sri Lankans were panicked and lost their way. The pitch was still playable despite being undercover for so long. But Chris Tremlett bowled beautifully and picked up Paranavitana for a duck to give the first blow. He also got Dilshan and Mahela within the 13th over and looked like Sri Lanka were in trouble. Graeme Swann from the other end picked Samaraweera and when Sangakkara was gone for 14 with Sri Lanka at 43 for 5 things started to look terrible for them. Sangakkara’s wicket gave great hope to England and they kept picking wickets at regular intervals. After first 8 wickets were shared between Tremlett and Swann as four each there was a 30 runs partnership between Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis. England captain Andrew Strauss brought back Stuart Broad who then got the last two wickets of Perera and Lakmal to finish the Sri Lankan innings in the 25th over for 82 runs. It was an innings and 14 runs test victory for England, one of the most astonishing results ever.

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