Root wants England to build on road win

Heather Diaz
November 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. There were just two half-centuries in the match and both of them came from the willow of Angelo Mathews.

Chasing an improbable 462 for victory, Sri Lanka were all out for 250 in the final session on the penultimate day with Angelo Mathews top-scoring for the hosts with a fighting 53. "It was incredible to face their quality spinners", said Foakes.

Jennings scored 46 and 146 in the game and jumped a staggering 41 places to take the 46th position. Once again Moeen Ali led the bowling attack with four wickets and sum of eight in the match. They picked 16 out of the 20 wickets that fell in the game. England captain, Joe Root said:Very proud of the way we played this game. But him coming into runs is a good sign for us.

Kaushal was leg before sweeping Leach for 30 and Karunaratne skipped down the pitch and was caught and bowled by Ali for 26.

Stokes took out Dhananjaya de Silva (21) with the last ball before lunch to put England in complete control heading into the afternoon session and more steady progress followed. Chandimal, who was nursing a groin strain, could miss the second test at Pallekele next week.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, haven't been in good touch, losing a five-match Twenty20 worldwide series 4-0 to India and looking over-reliant on their top batter and captain Chamari Athapaththu. Herath was given a standing ovation by the packed house, mostly England fans, as he walked off the field.

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" Tom Curry is not available this week and he'll be ruled out for the rest of the series as well", said England forwards coach Steve Borthwick.

"It won't sink in until afterwards, when I speak to family and stuff". In Test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back, ' he said.

England won the ODI series 3-0 and the one-off Twenty20.

A brilliant century from Ben Foakes, who was also the Man of the Match on his debut, helped Sri Lanka gain a huge lead in the first innings. 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.

Jennings' second Test ton was neither pretty nor dynamic - and offered no clues about how he might reverse his struggles on seaming decks at home - but it was a study in concentration, the kind of effort England might have feared had headed for retirement with Alastair Cook.

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.

Herath retired from global cricket as one of the most successful Lankan bowlers in Tests after Muttiah Muralitharan who scalped 800 wickets.

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