England win first Test against Sri Lanka

Grant SmithNov 10, 2018

In reply, Sri Lanka had to negotiate nine overs, which the openers Dimuth Karunaratne (7*) and Kaushal Silva (8*) managed to do taking their team to 15/0, 447 adrift of the target.

This earned England it's biggest win against Sri Lanka in terms of runs, eclipsing a 137-run win at Lord's in 1991. It had gone 13 tests away from home without a win, losing 10.

"We're really proud of him and really proud of the rest of the guys". Ali, who picked up eight wickets in the match, jumped four places to take 27th spot.

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

"We had taken five wickets early but we couldn't take the game forward", Hathurusingha said.

"First innings, our batting was poor". The work ethic throughout leading into this game has been exceptional so if that can continue throughout the tour - and we stay really clear about how we want to go about things on the pitch - then great.

England posted 342 and 322 declared. Like in the first innings Mathews scored another half-century while Kusal Mendis missed the landmark by five runs.

Set a gargantuan 462 for victory, the hosts ended the morning session on 98 for 3, after their openers had earlier batted out the first hour of play.

Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis (45) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (1) in the afternoon session.

Sri Lanka management said Chandimal will bat in the second innings but they could lose the services of the captain for the series. If Jonny Bairstow does return to fitness in Kandy next week, Foakes will surely not be the one to make way. Herath was given a standing ovation by the packed house, mostly England fans, as he walked off the field. England hadn't won four previous tests here. Ben Foakes, the Man of the Match on his debut, said:It's been a surreal few days for me and it feels like a dream.

"Test cricket is grinding". The big thing for me is just making my debut, being able to say you're an England test cricketer.

England, one of the favourites for the ICC Women's World T20 2018 title, run into Sri Lanka in their opening fixture. Unfortunately, Rangana Herath signed-off his worldwide career in a losing cause and also he was the lastone to fall for the hosts in the match.

We all know it's a hard day for us, we all know how much Rangana has contributed to the team and Sri Lankan cricket. I might go to my club and may play some first-class cricket.

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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