England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test

England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test

England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test

His latest ill-starred experiment at number three has been a bust and someone else must be forced to shoulder the burden next time around.

Retiring hero Rangana Herath bowed out in disappointing fashion, run out sprawling to make his ground, but was clapped on and off the field in a show of respect by his opponents. After the match, he said "As always, losing is not a good result but this is part of the game".

"We've got a fantastic squad of players; we came into this tour knowing that we've got different options". The batting, especially Athapaththu, will have to come good if they are to challenge a strong England side.

"It's an emotional situation, but all in all everybody has to take a decision at the right time". At drinks, Sri Lanka were 51 for no loss with both openers looking comfortable for a long haul.

The 29-year-old had played every Test since replacing Gary Ballance midway through the 2015 Ashes before missing out in Galle because of an ankle injury picked up playing football. The innings also saw the final spell of Rangana Herath in his worldwide career. Like in the first innings Mathews scored another half-century while Kusal Mendis missed the landmark by five runs. He made his worldwide debut at the same venue, in a Test match against Australia in 1999.

Jos Buttler made 35 and England's first-innings hero Ben Foakes contributed 37 before Root chose to give his bowler a go at the Sri Lankan openers in fading light.

It was eventually Jack Leach's left-arm spin which earned England the breakthrough when Silva could not connect with his sweep shot and was rammed on the front pad to be dismissed leg before wicket for 30.

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England's Ben Stokes, center, celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Having charged down the track to hit Leach for a boundary on the previous delivery, Mendis tried to repeat the feat and ended up holing out to Moeen.

The final session began badly for the hosts.

Karunaratne enjoyed a slice of luck on 16 when he edged Moeen, but Stokes grassed an easy catch at slip. Angelo Mathews was the top scorer with 52 runs.

He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath was run out for five.

England´s varied attack, with three quicks and three spinners, applied substantial pressure, with the slightly expensive Rashid the only minor disappointment.

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