England set Sri Lanka huge target after Jennings ton

Virginia Santiago
November 11, 2018

The hosts, chasing a notional 462 victory in the first match of a three-Test series, could only muster 250 on day four, with Jack Leach taking three wickets to go with Ali's four, with Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes getting one each. Spinners did most of the damage picking up eight wickets between them with Moeen Ali picking four.

The second Test will be played in Kandy on November 14.

For Sri Lanka, their batting let them down again with Angelo Matthews being the only batsmen to get among the runs as he scored a fifty in both the innings. He has done so much for the team and Sri Lanka, especially off the field.

Sri Lanka captain, Dinesh Chandimal said:It was a really good wicket, our batting was below-par and if you displayed such kind of a batting, you can't stay in the game. On the other hand, Ben Foakes had a flawless start to his Test career as the wicketkeeper-batsman scored a century on debut.

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Dananjaya was reported by match officials at the end of the first Test, which England won by 211 runs.

Stokes was later subjected to a similar bowler's agony when he could only watch as James Anderson dropped Mathews, who also made a half-century in the first innings, off his bowling.

Kusal Mendis added 46 with Mathews for the fourth wicket but, he too, could not convert a good start into a big innings and fell for 45.

'After that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us.

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Herath walked in to a standing ovation, and another when he was last man out for 5.

Meanwhile, England will go the series opener without Jonny Bairstow as he recovers from injuring himself playing football.

"For a guy to come in on his debut and play an innings of that substance is exactly what we're after, for him to stand up and deliver", Root said.

The physical demands of the heat began to take their toll on Foakes, who offered a first chance to short-leg on 60, but the lower order gleefully took the strain.

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England strode towards victory in the first Test in Galle on Friday, claiming four quick wickers either side of tea as thunderstorms held off. It all happens so quickly. Not since the early years of Sri Lankan Test cricket have England asserted such superiority. "Regardless of what's happened that's such a special feeling that no-one can take away". We will work very hard now before that second Test match and hopefully back up a really good performance'.

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