England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test


Moeen Ali grabbed four wickets for England. Regular gloveman Jonny Bairstow is expected to recover from an ankle injury and be available to play in the second match of the series starting in Kandy on Thursday.

"It's a hard day for us, because we know how much Rangana has done for the team and Sri Lanka cricket..."

The visitors declared at 322 for six on day three with Jennings 146 not out after a patient innings that saw the under-pressure opener deal deftly with the hosts´ spin attack.

At the close, Sri Lanka were 15 without loss after Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva hung on for seven overs, leaving a further 447 to make at a ground where no team has successfully chased more than 99. If he is not 100 percent fit, he may not play.

"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. We wish him a very good future.

They struck regularly throughout the day, and though Sri Lanka's batting performance was an improvement on their first innings effort, England were never unduly troubled. "Our batting was below-par during the game, you can't stay in the game (with this kind of batting)".

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For Sri Lanka, it left them with plenty of questions, about how they'll replace Herath, why their batsmen couldn't kick on from starts, and why England adapted better to conditions than they did.

Chandimal, who batted through pain in both innings, said he had sustained a grade one groin strain and was not sure how long it would take to heal.

Dhananjaya de Silva, after a confident start, was caught at first slip by Root off Stokes in the last over before lunch for 21.

Angelo Mathews (53 off 92 balls) and Kusal Mendis (45 off 77) added 46 for the fourth wicket as the last real form of resistance, with Mathews surviving until the 69th over, when he was caught by Jos Buttler off Moeen Ali to leave Sri Lanka on 190-6. In the first innings, for example, Niroshan Dickwella pushed at a Moeen Ali delivery, and put it straight in the hands of the short cover that had been placed there for exactly that stroke.

He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath - perhaps a yard or two slower than in his pomp - was beaten by Stokes's quick arm as the 40-year-old dived for his crease.

'After that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us. His stay was nearly a short one, but he was reprieved on review, having been given out well caught down the leg side by Ben Foakes.