England win Galle test as Rangana Herath bows out

Moeen Ali celebrates wicket

Moeen Ali was England's most successful bowler

Beginning day four on 15 for no loss, Sri Lanka needed a solid start to prolong their battle without worrying about the enormousness of the improbable 462-run victory target. "But after that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us", Hathurusingha said.

Last out was silver fox Rangana Herath, cricket´s most successful left-arm spinner in his swansong before retirement, run out for five.

Stokes said before the day's play that he expected Moeen, Leach and Adil Rashid to do the most damage, with the ball spinning more quickly off the pitch as the match has progressed. Sri Lanka replied with 203 and 250.

"For a guy to come in on his debut and play an innings of that substance is exactly what we're after, for him to stand up and deliver", Root said.

Galle is considered a home banker in these parts, with Sri Lanka losing just four of their previous 18 Tests here in the past decade, and England winless in their four prior visits to this picturesque 16th-century fort.

England took full control there after, adding 101 for one between lunch and tea and 110 for two in the evening, before declaring.

Suranga Lakmal led Sri Lanka during Chandimal's absences in Galle.




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. Herath then returned to remove Root who offered a thin edge to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. We will work very hard now before that second Test match and hopefully back up a really good performance'.

"Test cricket is grinding".

"It won't sink in until afterwards, when I speak to family and stuff. Regardless of what's happened that's such a special feeling that no-one can take away".

England are the 50-over champions in women's cricket but their class in the shortest format of the game can not be ignored.

Karunaratne had been given an early life by Ben Stokes at slip, England's best catcher grassing one off Moeen Ali, but did not cash in.

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews celebrates scoring a half century during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Athapaththu is also the most adept batter when it comes to T20 cricket, having played in the Big Bash League in Australia. The innings also saw the final spell of Rangana Herath in his global career.

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (eight) survived seven overs but Sri Lanka will need a near miracle to save the test.

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