England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test

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

The Sri Lankan all-rounder shrugged off his recent lukewarm run in Test cricket with twin fifties, something Hathurusingha believes can be an encouraging starting point for another consistent run with the bat, urging his senior player to push himself to match the likes of Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Steve Smith.

Ben Stokes, Jennings' partner in their 107-run fourth-wicket partnership, shrugged off his early tentativeness to clobber three sixes in his 62 before Dilruwan Perara spun one past his bat to hit the top of the off-stump with a attractive delivery.

"It was a very good wicket but our batting was below-par", Chandimal said, adding it was not the farewell that he and his team mates had imagined for Herath. "We'll have to say "sorry" to him, we couldn't give him a really good farewell". Never before had an English cricket team won the opening match of a Test series in Sri Lanka. We have a real clear plan about how we want to get to be the number one side in the world.

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

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (eight) survived seven overs but Sri Lanka will need a near miracle to save the test.

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

Last out was silver fox Rangana Herath, cricket's most successful left-arm spinner, run out for five in his swansong before retirement.

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Dhananjaya de Silva was dismissed in the last over before lunch for 21 as Ben Stokes found the outside edge of the bat and the catch was snapped up by Root at first slip.

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

And the England spinner finally took the big wicket of Mathews in his next over, sticking the ball in the pitch for Jos Buttler to make a simple catch.

Karunaratne enjoyed a slice of luck on 16 when he edged Moeen, but Stokes grassed an easy catch at slip. The contributions of offspinner Akila Dananjaya came in for especial scrutiny - Dananjaya got only two wickets in the match, and conceded more than 4.7 runs per over.

Final scores in the match: England 342 & 322-6 declared; Sri Lanka 203 & 250.

We fought hard as a bowling unit but we couldn't get those wickets.

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