Sri Lanka vs England 2018 | Rangana Herath |
GALLE, SRI LANKA - NOVEMBER 08: Sri Lanka bowler Rangana Herath leaves the pitch as a bowler for the final time during Day Three of the First Test match between Sri Lanka and England at Galle International Stadium on November 8, 2018 in Galle, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England Cricket Team spoiled the grand farewell of veteran Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath as they beat the host by 211 runs to register their first overseas series win in two years.

Meanwhile, from 103 for five in the first innings to dominating the Test at a venue they have not tasted success before, it has been a remarkable comeback by the England team. Debutant Ben Foakes showed great application to share very vital stands with Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Adil Rashid and then the bowlers took over.

Rangana Herath began his journey at this very venue in 1999. He had to be patient with his opportunities with Muttiah Muralitharan around. But he took over the reigns very dutifully when the legendary spinner did pass on the baton. His ability to get the ball to turn and bounce was a treat to watch.

Galle has been a sweet venue for Sri Lanka, but could not give a fitting send-off to a very humble left-arm spinner. The hosts need to improve their batting and hope the injury scares don’t force changes.

Sri Lanka vs England 2018: Twitter Erupts as England Spoils Rangana Herath's Grand Farewell
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The teammates carried an emotional Ranaga Herath on their shoulders with the Sri Lankan flag at the back. However, the veteran spinner admitted that he might go back to his club to play first-class cricket. He also extended his gratitude for the constant support and love to the fans.

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 has been amazing, I really appreciate the support and without that, I don’t think I could have got to where I am right now,” Herath said.

Sri Lanka vs England 2018: Twitter Erupts as England Spoils Rangana Herath's Grand Farewell
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Here is the how the Twitter reacted as Rangana Herath bids farewell on a losing note:


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