Sri Lankan cricket team in England in 1998

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Sri Lanka cricket team in England in 1998
Date 12 July 1998 – 31 August 1998
Location England
Result Sri Lanka won the only Test
Player of the series Muttiah Muralitharan
 England  Sri Lanka
Alec Stewart Arjuna Ranatunga
Most runs
John Crawley (170)
Graeme Hick (107)
Mark Ramprakash (93)
Sanath Jayasuriya (237)
Aravinda de Silva (152)
Arjuna Ranatunga (51)
Most wickets
Angus Fraser (3)
Darren Gough (2)
Ben Hollioake (2)
Dominic Cork (2)
Muttiah Muralitharan (16)
Pramodya Wickramasinghe (2)
Suresh Perera (1)

The Sri Lankan cricket team toured England in the 1998 season. On the tour they played 4 first-class matches, 5 List A matches and a single Test match. They also competed in a tri-series tournament against England and South Africa, entitled the Emirates Triangular Tournament. They won the competition by defeating England in the final, also beating South Africa in the group stage. They won the only Test, with Muttiah Muralitharan taking a career best 16/220 - the 5th best bowling figures in a match in Test cricket history.[1]

Tour matches[edit]

Sri Lankans v Hampshire[edit]

The limited overs match against Hampshire, to be played at County Ground, Southampton on 12 July, was abandoned without a ball bowled. It did not have List A status.[2]

Sri Lankans v Somerset - First-class match[edit]

14–16 July
366/6d (96.1 overs)
Keith Parsons 101*
Marcus Trescothick 95
Pramodya Wickramasinghe 4/69 (24.1 overs)
130 (52.4 overs)

Matthew Bulbeck 3/20 (11 overs)
177/7 (37 overs)
Peter Bowler 66
483/6d (f/o) (113 overs)
Russel Arnold 209
Hashan Tillakaratne 82
Matthew Bulbeck 3/104 (19 overs)
Match drawn
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: Barry Dudleston (ENG) and Roy Palmer (ENG)

Sri Lankans v Glamorgan - First-class match[edit]

18–20 July
54 (21.5 overs)

Darren Thomas 4/10 (4 overs)
Adrian Dale 4/20 (5.5 overs)
224 (66.4 overs)
Matthew Maynard 99
Muttiah Muralitharan 5/77 (27.4 overs)
Upul Chandana 4/45 (20 overs)
222 (78.3 overs)
Marvan Atapattu 99
Adrian Dale 5/25 (10.3 overs)
53/5 (17.2 overs)

Muttiah Muralitharan 5/17 (7 overs)
Wales Glamorgan won by 5 wickets
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
Umpires: Mervyn Kitchen (ENG) and Peter Willey (ENG)

Sri Lankans v Leicestershire - First-class match[edit]

24–27 July
245 (87 overs)
Jonathan Dakin 79
Muttiah Muralitharan 3/41 (23 overs)
Chandika Hathurusingha 3/64 (27 overs)
509 (132.4 overs)
Hashan Tillakaratne 120
Arjuna Ranatunga 110
Jonathan Dakin 4/110 (38 overs)
Dominic Williamson 3/110 (28 overs)
362 (78.3 overs)
Ben Smith 75
Muttiah Muralitharan 5/108 (55 overs)
99/1 (24.5 overs)
Russel Arnold 44*
 Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Nigel Plews (ENG) and John Steele (ENG)

Sri Lankans v Worcestershire - List A match[edit]

28 July
Worcestershire England
279/6 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
281/3 (47.2 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Kevin Lyons (WAL) and Alan Whitehead (ENG)

Sri Lankans v Middlesex - First-class match[edit]

31 July - August 3
313 (113.4 overs)
David Goodchild 105
Mario Villavarayan 4/36 (18.4 overs)
Ravindra Pushpakumara 3/93 (23 overs)
424 (109.5 overs)
Marvan Atapattu 114
Mahela Jayawardene 79
Romesh Kaluwitharana 73
Christopher Batt 4/103 (22.5 overs)
Phil Tufnell 3/90 (24 overs)
231/7 (78.3 overs)
Paul Weekes 49
Ravindra Pushpakumara 3/52 (18 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: Paul Adams (ENG) and Barrie Leadbeater (ENG)
  • No play on day 4.

Sri Lankans v England Cricket Board XI[edit]

5 August
England Cricket Board XI England
141/9 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
144/2 (28.1 overs)

Aravinda de Silva 3/12 (10 overs)
Upul Chandana 3/25 (10 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
County Ground, Lakenham
Umpires: Trevor Jesty (ENG) and Ray Julian (ENG)

This match did not have List A status.

Sri Lankans v Northamptonshire - first List A match[edit]

7 August
Northamptonshire England
227/5 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
231/9 (47.5 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket
County Ground, Northampton
Umpires: David Constant (ENG) and Ken Shuttleworth (ENG)

Sri Lankans v Northamptonshire - second List A match[edit]

9 August
Sri Lanka 
308/6 (50 overs)
England Northamptonshire
292 (49.1 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
County Ground, Northampton
Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds (ENG) and David Shepherd (ENG)

Sri Lankans v Kent - List A match[edit]

11 August
Kent England
176/8 (45 overs)
 Sri Lanka
179/2 (33.4 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Umpires: Vanburn Holder (WIN) and Trevor Jesty (ENG)
  • Match reduced to 45 overs a side.

The match's length was reduced after initial attempts to start a game had failed, due to problems with the pitch. Sanath Jayasuriya had been hit on the hand four times in the first four overs, and it was agreed that it was too hazardous to play on. Play resumed with 5 overs lost for each side.[3]

Sri Lankans v Hampshire - First-class match[edit]

22–24 August
347/8 (113.4 overs)
Giles White 156
William Kendall 59
Sanath Jayasuriya 3/42 (14 overs)
39/4d (12 overs)
0/0 (forfeit) (0 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
County Ground, Southampton
Umpires: Chris Balderstone (ENG) and Neil Mallender (ENG)
  • No play on day 2 due to rain.

Trailing by 308 runs and having lost their top order, the Sri Lankans decided to declare, with the hope of giving their openers and top order some batting practice. Despite being able to enforce the follow-on, Hampshire instead decided to forfeit their second innings, giving the Sri Lankans a target of 309 runs off the last 89 overs of the final day to win, which they reached following an unbeaten century from Chandika Hathurusingha and 90 from Mahela Jayawardene.[4] Jayawardene went on to claim a place in Sri Lanka's Test squad to face England.

Emirates Triangular Tournament[edit]

Sri Lanka played in a tri-series tournament with South Africa and England. Played in a round-robin format, all 3 teams played each other once, with the top two teams going through to a head-to-head final to decide the winner.

Group Stage[edit]

Pos Team P W L NR T Points NRR
1  England 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.220
2  Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.210
3  South Africa 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.430
England XXX W 36 runs L 14 runs
Sri Lanka L 36 runs XXX W 57 runs
South Africa W 14 runs L 57 runs XXX

Table key[edit]

P = Games played
W = Games won
L = Games lost
NR = Games with no result
T = Games tied
NRR = Net run rate

Points system[edit]

Won = 2 points
Lost = 0 points
Tie or No result = 1 point
Standard net run rate rules applied.

Position deciders[edit]

The deciding factors, in order, on table position were:

  1. Total points
  2. Head-to-head result
  3. Net run rate

Because England and Sri Lanka had the best run rates, they were ranked as the top two teams. England beat Sri Lanka and finished top of the group. South Africa's run rate meant they missed out on the final, despite having beaten England, and that a better run rate than Sri Lanka would have put them top of the table.


20 August
256/8 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
260/5 (47.1 overs)
Nick Knight 94 (136)
Mike Atherton 64 (73)
Muttiah Muralitharan 5/34 (10 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: David Constant (ENG) and David Shepherd (ENG)
Player of the match: Muttiah Muralitharan (SRI)

Test match[edit]

Only Test match[edit]

27–31 August
445 (158.3 overs)
John Crawley 156* (249)
Graeme Hick 107 (238)
Muttiah Muralitharan 7/155 (59.3 overs)
591 (156.5 overs)
Sanath Jayasuriya 213 (278)
Aravinda de Silva 152 (292)
Angus Fraser 3/95 (23 overs)
181 (129.2 overs)

Muttiah Muralitharan 9/65 (54.2 overs)
37/0 (5 overs)
Sanath Jayasuriya 24* (17)
 Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
The Oval, London
Umpires: Eddie Nicholls (WIN) and David Shepherd (ENG)
Player of the match: Muttiah Muralitharan (SRI)


Muttiah Muralitharan claimed what was, at the time, a career best 9/65 in the second innings - a record he has only bettered on one occasion, against Zimbabwe in 2002 - and was the 8th best bowling in a Test match innings at the time, but has slipped one place to 9th.[5] The 16/220 claimed in the match is the 5th best bowling record in a match, a position it has stood in since the match.[6]

John Crawley also claimed a Test career best of 156 not out.[7] The match was the last England Test to be broadcast live by BBC Television in the UK, with Channel 4 and Sky screening the 1999 New Zealand tour of England.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tests - Best Match Bowling Analyses". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Hampshire v Sri Lankans in 1998 (Scorecard)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Kent v Sri Lankans". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  4. ^ The Daily News (24 August 1998). "Hathurusinghe steers Sri Lanka to victory". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Test Career Best Innings Bowling". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Tests - Best Match Bowling Analyses". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Players and Officials - John Crawley". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  8. ^ "BSkyB lands England Test coverage". BBC. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 

External links[edit]


  • Playfair Cricket Annual 1999
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1999