England remove Sri Lanka's top three with victory in sight at lunch

Elena Summers
November 10, 2018

The highest successful run chase was 391 by Sri Lanka in 2017 against Zimbabwe at R. Premadasa Stadium. "But after that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us", Hathurusingha said.

Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath, playing his last test, finished with two wickets apiece.

"Very proud, I thought the way we played throughout the four days is excellent", England captain Joe Root said, singling out Ben Foakes, whose century on debut earned him the man-of-the-match award, for special praise. 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.

"Jonny, fully fit, would have played this Test match, probably would have performed well, done well with the gloves and scored runs and we wouldn't be having this conversation", insisted Prior.

Sri Lanka were then bowled out for 203, leaving them 139 behind, falling to a spin attack led by Ali who took four for 66.

England took full control there after, adding 101 for one between lunch and tea and 110 for two in the evening, before declaring. Apart from losing players immediately after an interval (Angelo Mathews in the first innings), Sri Lanka played into England's hands by allowing the visitors to send down an extra over just before the session break. "It will be touch and go for the second Test match". 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. "It's hard work", Foakes said.

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

England started with James Anderson and Sam Curran to test both Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva.

England are the 50-over champions in women's cricket but their class in the shortest format of the game can not be ignored. 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 attractive delivery.

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.

Do the selectors drop Foakes after such an impressive and conifident debut or do they retain the Surrey wicketkeeper and play Bairstow purely as a batsman?

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

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