England close in on victory in Sri Lanka

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England captain Joe Root said the homework that his side had done before the start of their tour to Sri Lanka paid off, as the visitors registered a 211-run victory in the first Test in Galle.

Instead, Moeen starred as his 4-70 took his match figures to 8-137 and secured England's first away Test victory since triumphing in Bangladesh in October 2016.

"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.

This earned England it's biggest win against Sri Lanka in terms of runs, eclipsing a 137-run win at Lord's in 1991.

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

"It's a really hard day for us because we all know how much Rangana has done for the team and Sri Lankan cricket", said Chandimal in the post-match presentation. We wish him a very good future.

Jennings' second Test ton was neither pretty nor dynamic - and offered no clues about how he might reverse his struggles on seaming decks at home - but it was a study in concentration, the kind of effort England might have feared had headed for retirement with Alastair Cook. The same combination accounted for Akila Dananjaya, who was forced to play and could only edge, before Rashid got in on the act, another excellent ball finding Dilruwan Perera's edge.

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (eight) survived seven overs but Sri Lanka will need a near miracle to save the test.

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Chandimal, suffering from a groin injury that kept him off the pitch all of Thursday, was bowled by Leach for 11. Angelo Mathews was the top scorer with 52 runs.

After lunch Kusal Mendis hit Leach for four over his head but attempting a repeat the next ball spooned the ball to Moeen and departed for 46. 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.

Jennings played out five balls on 98 before tea but the wait did not knock him off his groove and he safely strolled through for two more runs after play resumed.

'They outplayed us in all three departments of the game'.

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England's varied attack, which features three seamers and three spinners, probed persistently through the morning as captain Root employed attacking field placements.

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