Jennings puts England in total control against Sri Lanka

Jennings puts England in total control against Sri Lanka

Ben Foakes marked his Test debut with a century and impressed with his glovework, too, as England bowled out Sri Lanka for 203 before stretching their lead to 177 runs on the second day of the opening Test.

Moeen Ali went past 150 Test wickets as England spun to victory in Galle.

"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. Sri Lanka's top-order collapse mirrored England's wretched start in the first innings, but lacked a Foakes-style rescue in their middle order.

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

Dhananjaya de Silva, who had made a confident start to his innings, was caught at first slip by skipper Joe Root off Ben Stokes in the last over of the session for 21.

The 25-year-old became just the 20th Englishman in 141 years of Test cricket to score a hundred on debut and only the second keeper after Prior, who made an unbeaten 126 against the West Indies at Lord's in 2007. The work ethic throughout leading into this game has been exceptional so if that can continue throughout the tour - and we stay really clear about how we want to go about things on the pitch - then great.

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Fifteen without loss overnight, openers Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne withstood the pressure from England's formidable bowling attack for the first hour.

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

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

In between, Leach had bowled captain Dinesh Chandimal with a gripping beauty, and Moeen had enticed Niroshan Dickwella into edging to slip, where Stokes took the first and best of his three catches, making up for an easier chance he'd dropped earlier in the day. From there on we were chasing the game. 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.

"It is very disappointing with the way we got out. getting out to the traps they set". "In test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back. They outplayed us in all three departments of the game".

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