Moeen bowls England to big win over SL


Jos Buttler made 35 and England's first-innings hero Ben Foakes contributed 37 before Root chose to give his bowler a go at the Sri Lankan openers in fading light.

"This is very special and I thought we played some really good stuff".

'Credit goes to England, they played some outstanding cricket.

England's debutant man-of-the-match Ben Foakes described it as a surreal moment in his career and added that his earlier tours to Sri Lanka helped him read the conditions better."It's been a surreal few days for me and it feels like a dream".

Herath, in his last game before retiring having got his landmark 100th wicket at Galle, then got England captain Joe Root out for the second time in the match, caught behind for three.

At the tea interval, England progressed to 212 for the loss of four wickets, with 101 runs scored in the second session, that saw Sri Lanka remove Ben Stokes for their only success after the allrounder had completed his 15th Test fifty.

It was eventually Jack Leach's left-arm spin which earned England the breakthrough when Silva could not connect with his sweep shot and was rammed on the front pad to be dismissed leg before wicket for 30. We have a real clear plan about how we want to get to be the number one side in the world. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review.

After lunch Kusal Mendis hit Leach for four over his head but attempting a repeat the next ball skied the ball to Ali and departed for 46.

Kusal Mendis (43) went chasing after Leach to throw away a wicket he had protected so resolutely for a spell, with captain Dinesh Chandimal the next to go for just a single run to the same bowler.

"When you play Test cricket, you need to understand how people are going to get you out - even at club cricket you need to understand that", Hathurusingha said.

Soon afterwards Angelo Mathews, dropped on 18 by James Anderson, went for 53, was caught by Jos Buttler at midwicket with Ali the wicker-taker again.

He was followed into the pavillon by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath was run out for five.

England took control of the series opener as they recovered from 103-5 on the opening day to post 342 all out, thanks largely to Ben Foakes' debut century, and then rolled Sri Lanka for 203. "From 2011 the support from my wife, kids, and my immediate family members has been wonderful, I really appreciate the support and without that, I don't think I could have got to where I am right now", Herath said after the match. "They outplayed us in all three departments of the game".

'They outplayed us in all three departments of the game'.