Galle Test: Moeen, Leach bowl England to big win over Lanka

Galle Test: Moeen, Leach bowl England to big win over Lanka

His stay was nearly a short one, but he was reprieved on review, having been given out well caught down the leg side by Ben Foakes.

Jennings was unbeaten on 98, having combined for 107 runs with Ben Stokes after England lost three wickets in the morning session on a day of relatively slow scoring.

'Our batting was below-par during the game, you can't stay in the game (with this kind of batting),' said Chandimal.

"It's a really hard day for us because we all know how much Rangana has done for the team and Sri Lankan cricket", said Chandimal in the post-match presentation.

England players celebrate their win in Galle on Friday.

Both Marcus Trescothick and Rob Key would recall Jonny Bairstow for the second Test - pitch depending!

"We got a really good start in that first session but we couldn't capitalise". Kusal fell attempting one big stroke too many and swiping to Moeen, before catcher turned wicket taker, coaxing the ex-skipper into prodding ungracefully to Jos Buttler at midwicket.

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

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Rangana Herath, who debuted in 1999, finished his Test career with 433 wickets one less than the legendary Indian fast bowler Kapil Dev.

Leach eventually made the breakthrough when Silva could not connect with a sweep shot and was dismissed leg before wicket for 30.

Dhananjaya de Silva was dismissed in the last over before lunch for 21 as Ben Stokes found the outside edge of the bat and the catch was snapped up by Root at first slip.

In between, Leach had bowled captain Dinesh Chandimal with a gripping beauty, and Moeen had enticed Niroshan Dickwella into edging to slip, where Stokes took the first and best of his three catches, making up for an easier chance he'd dropped earlier in the day.

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.

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.

"The seamers might not get the praise they deserve throughout this game, they built a lot of pressure".

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