Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Galle

Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Galle

Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Galle

Set a mammoth target of 462 The Lankans never looked likely to chase down the target and were bowled out for 250.

"We have to take as much as we can take this into the rest of the tour, but we have to build on it and not rest on our laurels".

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. As it turned out, Stokes struck and Sri Lanka were another man down when they could have easily avoided facing another over with basic gamesmanship.

This earned England it's biggest win against Sri Lanka in terms of runs, eclipsing a 137-run win at Lord's in 1991.

"We've got a fantastic squad of players; we came into this tour knowing that we've got different options".

Several Sri Lanka batsmen made starts and appeared confident at the crease in both innings, before a loose stroke brought about their dismissal.

Kavisha Dilhari, Yashoda Mendis, Udeshika Prabodini and Shashikala Siriwadana do have a decent number of T20 matches under their belt, but need to be tested against the top opposition teams.

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England posted 342 and 322 declared. Herath then returned to remove Root who offered a thin edge to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Leach eventually made the breakthrough when Silva could not connect with a sweep shot and was dismissed leg before wicket for 30.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, haven't been in good touch, losing a five-match Twenty20 global series 4-0 to India and looking over-reliant on their top batter and captain Chamari Athapaththu. "It's hard work", Foakes said. "Regardless of what's happened that's such a special feeling that no-one can take away".

Dhananjaya de Silva was then adjudged caught behind for 21 after a wild swing at a Stokes delivery but the batsman successfully reviewed it to overturn the decision.

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. They played some outstanding cricket.

The openers began the day well with a 51-run stand, rationing England to a solitary chance in the first hour - Dimuth Karunaratne uncharacteristically dropped by Ben Stokes at slip to deny Moeen.

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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