Sri Lanka vs England 2018: 1st Test Galle – Match Report; England continues their fine run in Test format of the game. After sealing series victory back home against India, they thumped Sri Lanka to register their first-ever victory at Galle. The stunning knocks from Ben Foakes and Keaton Jennings made the difference in the match.
Meanwhile, it is a sorry-end for Rangana Herath, as Sri Lanka failed to bid him farewell with a victory. Nonetheless, his services and his astounding numbers will always be appreciated by the cricket fanatics.
Ben Foakes incredible knock saved England in 1st innings:
Initially, after winning the toss, England failed to start their first innings on a high as Suranga Lakmal was brilliant with the new ball. Then it was Dilruwan Perera, who injected a triple-wicket spell in the middle overs.
All of a sudden, England looked like tumbling under 150 runs. However, the incredible century knock by Ben Foakes on his debut Test helped England put a competitive total on the board. Perera finished with a five-wicket haul as well.
Meanwhile, in reply, Sri Lankan batsman fared poorly to hand the driving seat to England. Moeen Ali was brilliant to hand England a massive 139-run lead after the conclusion of first innings.
Keaton Jennings delivered.
Batting in the second innings, this time, it was the turn of Keaton Jennings to play the heroic role for his side. He smashed his second century in Test cricket to press his case for the future matches. He ended up knocking an unbeaten 146* to his name.
The contribution from other batsman helped England to put a massive target of 461 runs on the board. The innings also saw the final spell of Rangana Herath in his international career.
Moeen Ali strikes again:
After registering a four-wicket haul in the first innings, Moeen Ali delivered in second innings as well. He once again finished with four wickets in his kitty to push England for their first-ever victory at Galle.
England – 342-all out; Sri Lanka – 203-all out
England – 322/6 (Jennings 146*, Stokes 62)
Sri Lanka – 250-all out (Angelo Mathews 53, Mendis 45; Moeen Ali 4/71)