Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test: Three Lions create history at Galle

England thoroughly dominated the show and clinch the first test defeating Sri Lanka by 211 runs.


England have won their first match against Sri Lanka in the three-match test series at Galle International Stadium by 211 runs. At the end of 3rd day’s play, Sri Lanka were still 447 runs behind the mammoth target of 462 runs posted by the visitors. However, Sri Lanka had all the ten wickets in their hand.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva continued to put a price on their wickets as both the batsmen frustrated the English bowlers. They put on a fifty run partnership for the first wicket. But shortly after the first drinks break Jack Leach was successful in breaking the stand as he picked up Silva for 30 runs. Moeen Ali too chipped in with a wicket when he caught Karunaratne of his own bowling to reduce the hosts to 59-2.

Dhananjaya De Silva and Kusal Mendis looked to construct a partnership. But Ben Stokes dismissed De Silva just before Lunch to put an end to the 39 runs stand. Angelo Mathews looked to continue his impressive form from the first innings. Mendis too looked in good touch. Sri Lanka finally looked in control of the innings. But it didn’t continue for long. Leach was again instrumental for the visitors. He picked up two quick wickets in the form of Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal to send half of the Sri Lankan side back to the pavilion.

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Mathews was still looking to keep the scorecard ticking. He reached his second half-century of the match. Niroshan Dickwella, on the other hand, looked to soak in the pressure from the spinners. But his defiant innings finally came to an end when Stokes took a relatively catch of Ali’s bowling. Mathews too perished short after. He was Ali’s third wicket of the innings.

England could already sense victory. However, they were made to wait by Dilruwan Perera and Akila Dhananjaya. Perera, in particular, was aggressive. He clobbered 3 fours and 1 six in 30 runs innings. Moeen Ali got his fourth scalp. And this time it was Akila who was dismissed. Perera’s little cameo didn’t last too long. Adil Rashid picked him up to help England get their 9th wicket. Rangana Herath’s final test innings ended in a disastrous fashion. He was run out when trying to complete the second run as the hosts were all out for 250 runs.

This is England’s first ever test win at Galle International Stadium. They have been in top form in the tests. Talking about Sri Lanka, the woes continue for them. Their form for the last couple of years has been disheartening. The next test is at Pallekele on 14th of November.

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Match Summary:

England: 342-10(97 o.)
Ben Foakes: 107
Sam Curran: 48
Dilruwan Perera: 31-6-75-5

Sri Lanka: 203-10(68 o.)
Angelo Mathews: 52
Dinesh Chandimal: 33
Moeen Ali: 21-4-66-4

England: 322-6 dec(93 o.)
Keaton Jennings: 146
Ben Stokes: 62
Rangana Herath: 23-1-59-2

Sri Lanka: 250-10(85.1 o.)
Angelo Mathews: 53
Kusal Mendis: 45
Moeen Ali: 20-2-71-4

Man of The Match: Ben Foakes