England Remove Sri Lanka's Top Three with Victory in Sight

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

Moeen Ali was the pick of the England bowler, claiming 4-71 and finishing with a match haul of eight wickets. Regular gloveman Jonny Bairstow is expected to recover from an ankle injury and be available to play in the second match of the series starting in Kandy on Thursday.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis plays a shot as England's wicketkeeper Ben Foakes watches during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

In England's second innings an assured unbeaten 146 by Keaton Jennings, his first century since a ton on his 2016 debut that has silenced his critics for now at least, allowed Root to declare at 322 for six.

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had denied them for more than an hour for a 51-run stand and might well have batted the entire session had they focused on defence rather being tempted into more aggressive strokes. "We had a really good start in the first session but we couldn't capitalise on it", he said.

Sri Lanka tried hard to force Rangana Herath's farewell Test into its final day but in vain.

"Losing is never a good result for any team but hopefully the guys will come back strongly for the next two Tests", the 4o-year-old told Sky Sports moments after the loss.

England laid traps and Sri Lanka's batsmen sometimes fell into them with such willingness, it was as if they were "school kids".

'Our batting was below-par during the game, you can't stay in the game (with this kind of batting),' said Chandimal.

Kaushal was leg before sweeping Leach for 30 and Karunaratne skipped down the pitch and was caught and bowled by Ali for 26. Angelo Mathews scored his second fifty of the match and Kusal Mendis contributed 45 runs to the cause but the rest of the batting order could not hold up and bundled out for 250 runs. Dhananjaya de Silva, for example, was out in the over before lunch on day four - an over that began just in the nick of time, but might not have done so had Sri Lanka's batsmen delayed during the previous over that Joe Root delivered specifically to speed up the match.

Chandimal, who batted through pain in both innings, said he had sustained a grade one groin strain and was not sure how long it would take to heal. His stay was nearly a short one, but he was reprieved on review, having been given out well caught down the leg side by Ben Foakes.

Jos Buttler smashed a quick 35 before being caught off Herath while Ben Foakes, the centurion hero of the first innings, belted out 37 before falling to spinner Akila Dananjaya. "They outplayed us in all three departments of the game".

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