England beat Sri Lanka by 211-runs in Galle
2018-11-09 at 17:25
England handed an embarrassing 211-run defeat to Sri Lanka in a one-sided first Test played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a mammoth 462-run target, Sri Lanka never managed to get going, losing wickets at regular intervals.
Former skipper Angelo Mathews managed to show some resistance scoring his second fifty of the match, however no other batter managed to go on to make a match winning knock.
Kusal Mendis made 45, while Dilruwan Perera and Kaushal Silva made thirties.
For England spinners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach picked up four and three wickets respectively.
Yesterday, after scoring 322 for 6, the English made the declaration and set the hosts a daunting target, but Sri Lanka could only muster 250 in 83.1 overs.
Sri Lanka in their first innings scored 203 while the English managed 342.
Speaking during the post-match presentation, England captain Joe Root credited the entire for adapting to difficult conditions in Galle.
He also hailed Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes for taking the game to Sri Lankan batters.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal once again lamented on the batting failure and said the team must improve in all-departments.
He said the team will re-group and discuss all short-comings ahead of the second Test in Kandy.