England thrash hosts Sri Lanka in first Test

England thrash hosts Sri Lanka in first Test

England thrash hosts Sri Lanka in first Test

England's three-pronged spin attack grabbed eight of the 10 Sri Lankan wickets, with Moeen claiming 4-66 as Sri Lanka folded soon after crossing the 200-mark.

The hosts ended day three on 15 for no loss, 447 behind and staring at a crushing defeat inside four days in spinner Rangana Herath's farewell test.

England took three wickets as their push for victory began on the fourth morning of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

'We played some really good stuff, ' Root said.

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"When you play Test cricket, you need to understand how people are going to get you out - even at club cricket you need to understand that", Hathurusingha said.

England made 342 in the first innings thanks to a century from Ben Foakes, filling in as wicketkeeper for the injured Jonny Bairstow.

Several Sri Lanka batsmen made starts and appeared confident at the crease in both innings, before a loose stroke brought about their dismissal.

"I'm very happy with the way Mathews conducted himself throughout the game, and his commitment for running between the wickets and for the batting", he said. But him coming into runs is a good sign for us.

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"It's a hard day for us, because we know how much Rangana has done for the team and Sri Lanka cricket..." "I'm sure he'd be the first one to say that his two fifties were not enough, because he got a start. It will be touch and go for the second test match". One ball after Dhanajaya de Silva successfully overturned a caught behind decision Stokes tightened up his line and took an indisputable edge that nestled safely in the hands of Joe Root. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review.

England had an opening, and with the ball turning it was not not long after that Moeen got into the act, courtesy a rush of blood to the head for Dimuth Karunaratne (26) who charged out and struck a catch that Moeen did well to clutch onto for his 150th Test wicket.

Home skipper Dinesh Chandimal is unable to bat any higher than number seven because of a groin injury that kept him off the field for all of Thursday, weakening Sri Lanka's batting order.

Karunaratne enjoyed a slice of luck on 16 when he edged Moeen, but Stokes grassed an easy catch at slip. Angelo Mathews was the top scorer with 52 runs.

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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.

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