Sri Lanka vs England Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Galle

Dhananjaya de Silva will be hoping his veteran teammates can put together a big partnership. Pic Fox SportsMore

Ben Foakes marked his Test debut with a century and impressed with his glovework, too, as England bowled out Sri Lanka for 203 before stretching their lead to 177 runs on the second day of the opening Test.

"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.

England laid traps and Sri Lanka's batsmen sometimes fell into them with such willingness, it was as if they were "school kids".

They played some outstanding cricket.

Hathurusingha was not unhappy with Sri Lanka's positive intent, even when they were batting to save a Test. We have a real clear plan about how we want to get to be the number one side in the world. "We can go to Kandy with huge amounts of confidence and look to still improve and get better".

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

Home skipper Dinesh Chandimal, suffering from a groin injury that kept him off the pitch all of Thursday, was bowled by Leach for 11.

England's Jack Leach (R) and Jos Buttler celebrate with teammates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (not pictured). Two wickets in 10 balls after tea to Moeen removed the last of Sri Lanka's recognised batsmen in Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Mathews, the latter for the highest score of the innings - 53 - and it was all over when Rangana Herath was run out in his final global innings.

After the break Kusal Mendis hit Leach for four over his head but attempting a repeat the next ball skied the ball to Ali, departing for an otherwise impressive 46.

Herath, in his last game before retiring, then got England captain Joe Root out for the second time in the match, caught behind for three.

Karunaratne enjoyed a slice of luck on 16 when he edged Moeen, but Stokes grassed an easy catch at slip. From there on we were chasing the game.

He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8 before Herath - perhaps a yard or two slower than in his pomp - was beaten by Stokes's quick arm as the 40-year-old dived for his crease. "After reducing them to 100 for five, if you had given only another 150 runs for the next five batters, we would have been still in the game at this stage". In Test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back, ' he said.



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