England Cricket Team spoiled the grand farewell of veteran Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath as they defeated the host by 211 runs to register their first overseas series win in two years.
Previously, England had won the five-match ODI series 3-1 followed by another T20I win and now has taken the lead in the Test series. England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first as the batters capitalised on it.
England managed to post 342 runs in the first innings with the help of Ben Foakes who played an impressive knock of 107 runs in his debut match. Dilruwan Perera was the pick of the bowler for Sri Lanka claiming four wickets to prevent the opponent from posting a massive total.
However, Sri Lanka couldn’t put up a good show as their batting department failed to score runs. Moeen Ali rattled the middle order as England took a healthy lead of 139 runs. They then backed it up with 322 runs for the loss of six wickets in the second essay with the help of a century from Keaton Jennings. As a result, the visitor’s posted a massive target of 462 runs. Moreover, the bowlers did a good job and restricted Sri Lanka within 250 to go 1-0 up.
Rangana Herath had made his 93rd and final appearance in the opening fixture at the Galle International Stadium. He started his final Test with 430 wickets at an average of 27.95 in 168 Tests. Herath had served Sri Lanka for a long period; however, will continue playing club and first-class cricket. He moreover, thanked everyone and his families for his great support.
“It’s, of course, an emotional occasion, but I need to start another life. I might go to my club and may play some first-class cricket. From 2011 the support from my wife, kids, and my immediate family members, I really appreciate the support and without that I don’t I could have got to where I am right now.” He holds his composure as he thanks everyone who helped him have a great career.” Rangana Herath said at the end of the match.