England register historic win in Galle
England have successfully started their away Test series against Sri Lanka by beating the hosts by 211 runs in the first Test in Galle International Stadium, Galle.
The Englishmen are now having an outing in Sri Lanka for a complete series that includes five ODIs, one T20Is and three Tests. England had a successful time in color clothes in the island nation.
Following a positive rhythm with the white ball, England took on Sri Lanka with the red ball in Galle International Stadium, Galle. The match also marks the final Test match for Sri Lankan left-arm off spinner Rangana Herath.
England skipperJoe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. England had a slight slip on day 1 with a top-order batting collapse but that was well recovered with the maiden century of debutant Ben Foakes that led to the first innings total of 342.
In reply, Sri Lanka managed to score only 203 in their first innings and that brought 139 runs first innings lead for the visitors. England took the first innings lead as an advantage and went on to put a target of 462 for the hosts supported by the 146 runs from Keaton Jennings.
In reply, Sri Lanka managed to survive at the stumps of day 3 without losing any wickets and Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva were the overnight batsmen. The openers were able to hold for sometime in the morning session of day 4 but not so long.
Kaushal Silva was the first one to start the wickets count for England followed with his partner Dimuth Karunaratne. With the breakthrough of the opening partnership, England were able to dismiss the Lankan batsmen in regular periods.
Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews put up a small fight against the English bowlers but that was far long from the actual fight needed. Like in the first innings Mathews scored another half-century while Kusal Mendis missed the landmark by five runs.
Apart from these two, remaining batsmen were hunted easily by the British bowlers and eventually Sri Lanka were bowled out for 250 in their second innings. Once again Moeen Ali led the bowling attack with four wickets and sum of eight in the match.
His partner Jack Leach bagged three two his name. Ben Foakes has been given the man of the match award. This is the first win for England in Galle. Unfortunately, Rangana Herath signed-off his International career in a losing cause and also he was the lastone to fall for the hosts in the match.
England: 342-all out
Ben Foakes 107, Sam Curran 48
Dilruwan Perera 5/75, Suranga Lakmal 3/73
Sri Lanka: 203-all out
Angelo Mathews 52, Dinesh Chandimal 33
Moeen Ali 4/66, Adhil Rashid 2/30
England: 322/6 dec
Keaton Jennings 146*, Ben Stokes 62
Rangana Herath 2/59, Dilruwan Perera 2/94
Angelo Mathews 53, Kusal Mendis 45
Moeen Ali 4/71, Jack Leach 3/60