England win first Test against Sri Lanka

10 November, 2018, 14:33 | Author: Amy Huff
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The hosts, chasing 462 for victory, were all out for 250 on the penultimate day of the match, with Moeen Ali taking four wickets and Jack Leach three.

Tea provided Sri Lanka some respite, but Moeen laid down a marker with the dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella (16) in his first spell of the third session. Like in the first innings Mathews scored another half-century while Kusal Mendis missed the landmark by five runs.

"I think we've got to take everything we've done in this game and, as much as we can, transfer it into the rest of the tour", the captain said. "That makes it even sweeter when you do come to a very hard venue, like Galle, and manage to win".

"First innings, our batting was poor".

"Our batting was below par and, if you display that kind of batting, you can't stay in the game", Chandimal added. As it turned out, Stokes struck and Sri Lanka were another man down when they could have easily avoided facing another over with basic gamesmanship.

Even Angelo Mathews could easily have fallen for a trap that England set for him early in his innings, when he pulled a short ball from Ben Stokes to the midwicket fielder, but he earned a reprieve as he was dropped by James Anderson.

There was a glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka as openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva batted well without any major hiccups in the first hour of the morning.

Leach eventually made the breakthrough when Silva could not connect with a sweep shot and was rammed on the front pad to be dismissed leg before wicket for 30.

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Karunaratne offered a return catch to Ali on 26.

Suranga Lakmal led Sri Lanka during Chandimal's absences in Galle. His latest ill-starred experiment at number three has been a bust and someone else must be forced to shoulder the burden next time around.

Both Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis played positively as England's threats - the spinners - continued to bowl in tandem.

Having won the 50-over 2017 World Cup at home, England, with a well-rounded side, will fancy their chances of heading into the Caribbean and going the distance in the 2018 World T20.However, their fortunes were dealt an early blow with Katherine Brunt being ruled out of the tournament.

Ben Foakes, who made a key 107 and 37 on debut as the replacement wicketkeeper, was named man of the match.

"It won't sink in until afterwards, when I speak to family and stuff". The big thing for me is just making my debut, being able to say you're an England test cricketer. He once again finished with four wickets in his kitty to push England for their first-ever victory at Galle.

In an illustrious career, the left-arm orthodox bowler took 433 Test wickets in matches, putting him eighth on the all-time list, which has Lankan compatriot Murali Muralitharan at the top with 800 scalps.



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