England crush Sri Lanka and win test in Galle for first time

11 November, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Ben Foakes

KEATON JENNINGS kickstarted his England career with a diligent, unbeaten century against Sri Lanka, helping his side establish an impregnable position in the first Test at Galle.

"I have only watched Keaton Jennings live in two test matches and he has got a hundred in both I must be his lucky charm!", former England great Allan Lamb said on Twitter. He was caught down the legside first innings, that is bad luck, it's a strangle.

Herath walked in to a standing ovation, and another when he was last man out for 5.

Beginning day four on 15-0, Sri Lanka needed a solid start to prolong their battle and overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw through the first hour without any damage as they put on 51 runs for the opening stand.

Sri Lanka a missed a stumping chance off Buttler when he was on 11.

"We knew we were going to have to work hard and that there would be periods where we would have to be very patient, hold our nerve, trust our plans and how we were going to go about things", said Root.

But both fell after attacking shots, with Kaushal leg before trying to sweep Leach for 30 and Karunaratne caught and bowled by Ali for 26 as he skipped down the pitch for an attempted heave.

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Moeen grabbed a fourth wicket of the day, Akila Dananjaya, to overtake his seven-wicket match haul in Durban three years ago, and Adil Rashid did for Dilruwan Perera.

With more rain forecast for the next few days in St Lucia, Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu was left wondering when the Sri Lankans will get some game time.

England's players did a lap of honor to the appreciation of more than 6,000 of its fans at the game. Kyle Jarvis takes the 60th place, Sikander Raza makes a jump of five places to take 70th rank whereas Brandon Mavuta entered the rankings with 81st rank after four wickets in the second innings.

"To be able to contribute to the team is just fantastic", Foakes said after being named man-of-the-match.

Streaking is an act which was first witnessed on a cricket field way back in 1975, during an Ashes Test between Australia and England.

Jennings had probably earned a slice of luck and it came when Sri Lanka declined to refer Dhananjaya de Silva's sound lbw appeal just before the break. Stokes shrugged off his early tentativeness to clobber three sixes in his 62 before Perara spun one past his bat to hit the top of the off-stump with a handsome delivery. They played some outstanding cricket.

Rangana Herath, who played his last game said:It's of course an emotional occasion, but I need to start another life.

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