England win Galle test as Rangana Herath bows out

Dhananjaya de Silva will be hoping his veteran teammates can put together a big partnership. Pic Fox SportsMore

Dhananjaya de Silva will be hoping his veteran teammates can put together a big partnership. Pic Fox SportsMore

Moeen Ali went past 150 Test wickets as England spun to victory in Galle.

They struck regularly throughout the day, and though Sri Lanka's batting performance was an improvement on their first innings effort, England were never unduly troubled.

Spinners did most of the damage picking up eight wickets between them with Moeen Ali picking four.

England claimed their first away Test victory in 13 matches on Friday with a commanding 211-run win against Sri Lanka in Galle, with Moeen Ali claiming his second four-wicket haul of the game.

"We played some really good stuff". The same combination accounted for Akila Dananjaya, who was forced to play and could only edge, before Rashid got in on the act, another excellent ball finding Dilruwan Perera's edge.

Root reserved special praise for Foakes, who stole the show with 107 runs in his first innings on the Test stage.

England's Jack Leach celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis with teammate Joss Buttler, left, during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

"We're really proud of him and really proud of the rest of the guys". Sri Lanka's top-order collapse mirrored England's wretched start in the first innings, but lacked a Foakes-style rescue in their middle order. I said for a long time we were going to do things differently and we have backed that up. "It's been a fantastic start to things".

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had denied them for more than an hour for a 51-run stand and might well have batted the entire session had they focused on defence rather being tempted into more aggressive strokes.

Dhananjaya de Silva was next to go, edging Ben Stokes to Joe Root. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review.

Chandimal, suffering from a groin injury that kept him off the pitch all of Thursday, was skittled by Leach for 11.

Sri Lanka failed to give the retiring Rangana Herath a winning farewell but the cricketer made sure that England earned the final wicket to seal the last game of his career.

Watch the second Test between Sri Lanka and England live on Sky Sports Cricket from 4am on Wednesday.

"We had taken five wickets early but we couldn't take the game forward", Hathurusingha said. From there on we were chasing the game. "In test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back".

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