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England remove Sri Lankas top three with victory in sight

10 November, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Ben Foakes

Mathews had made his second half-century from the game, confirming his status as his side's premier batsman.

Chasing an improbable 462 for victory, Sri Lanka were all out for 250 in the final session on a penultimate day with Angelo Mathews top-scoring for the hosts with a fighting 53.

"Getting a debut hundred is phenomenal but in this innings in particular, to walk out at 103 for five and play in foreign conditions, with all the challenges that come with that, is just a huge, huge effort", said Prior, a member of the talkSPORT radio commentary team covering the series in Sri Lanka.

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

Herath, in his last game before retiring having got his landmark 100th wicket at Galle, then got England captain Joe Root out for the second time in the match, caught behind for three.

"I have only watched Keaton Jennings live in two test matches and he has got a hundred in both I must be his lucky charm!", former England great Allan Lamb said on Twitter.

Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis (45) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (1) in the afternoon session.

The 40-year-old ends his illustrious Test career with 433 wickets - placing him joint-eighth on the all-time list - and Chandimal was disappointed to see his team-mate bow out on a losing note.

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England's players did a lap of honor to the appreciation of more than 6,000 of its fans at the game.

Jos Buttler smashed a quick 35 before being caught off Herath while Ben Foakes, the centurion hero of the first innings, belted out 37 before falling to spinner Akila Dananjaya.

"Well played fantastic and thoroughly deserved by the hard work". "From 2011 the support from my wife, kids and my immediate family members has been awesome, I really appreciate the support and without that I don't think I could have got to where I am right now". It all happens so quickly.

England won the ODI series 3-0 and the one-off Twenty20.

Fifteen without loss overnight, openers Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne withstood the pressure from England's formidable bowling attack for the first hour.

"I believe you've got to pick the team that's going to win you a Test match on any given day".

For Foakes and England, it capped off a wonderful, and wonderfully unexpected performance.

Moeen claimed 4-71 as he and fellow spinners Leach and Adil Rashid shared eight of the 10 Sri Lankan wickets.

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