Moeen takes four as England cruise to victory

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

Last man out was silver fox Rangana Herath, cricket's most successful left-arm spinner in history, in his last match before retirement.

England had secured a first-innings lead of 139 thanks to a century on debut by Ben Foakes - man of the match - and a formidable spin attack led by Ali and assisted ably by Leach and Rashid restricting Sri Lanka to 203.

"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.

"We played some really good stuff", Root continued.

Hathurusingha was not unhappy with Sri Lanka's positive intent, even when they were batting to save a Test.

"Credit goes to England, they played some outstanding cricket". The work ethic throughout leading into this game has been exceptional so if that can continue throughout the tour - and we stay really clear about how we want to go about things on the pitch - then great.

But soon after the morning drinks break, Leach broke though when he had Silva out leg before wicket for 30.

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Allegri had urged his side to achieve their first aim of the season by reaching the last 16, and a draw would have been enough. Against Bournemouth last weekend Marcus Rashford's 92nd-minute goal saw them win 2-1 despite conceding in the 11th minute.

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.

Moeen Ali, out first ball in the first innings, fared little better in the second, driving straight to Rangana Herath at mid-on off Dilruwan Perera for three. 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.

England's Jack Leach (R) and Jos Buttler celebrate with teammates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (not pictured).

Watch the second Test between Sri Lanka and England live on Sky Sports Cricket from 4am on Wednesday. Niroshan Dikwella fell the first ball after tea, caught adroitly by Stokes one-handed at slip off Ali for 16.

"The first day, until lunch we were top of the game having taken five wickets for 100".

Debutant Rory Burns's (23) foolhardy pursuit of a non-existent single culminated in his run-out and Moeen Ali could not justify his promotion to number three for the second time in the match, following up his first-innings golden duck with three.

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