Jennings aiming for consistency after 'special day' against Sri Lanka

Annette Crawford
November 10, 2018

Set a mammoth 462 to win, sustained pressure from Ali, fellow spinner Jack Leach and aggressive seam bowling from Ben Stokes bundled out the hosts for 250 on day four.

Instead, Moeen starred as his 4-70 took his match figures to 8-137 and secured England's first away Test victory since triumphing in Bangladesh in October 2016.

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. "We have so much more hard work to do but to see so many talented players in the XI, or in the squad, or the different options we can go with is credit to the whole group".

Beginning day four on 15-0, Sri Lanka needed a solid start to prolong their battle and overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw through the first hour without any damage as they put on 51 runs for the opening stand.

Hathurusingha was not unhappy with Sri Lanka's positive intent, even when they were batting to save a Test. "It will be touch and go for the second Test match".

"It's a bit of an emotional situation but everyone has to take a decision at the right time so I'm thankful for all the years that I've played and all the people who were behind me, especially my teammates and Sri Lanka Cricket".

Sri Lanka's chances looked bleak the moment they conceded a 139-run first innings lead to England and they could never revive their chances as England kept control over the match. Niroshan Dikwella fell the first ball after tea, caught adroitly by Stokes one-handed at slip off Ali for 16.

But both fell after attacking shots, with Kaushal leg before trying to sweep Leach for 30 and Karunaratne caught and bowled by Ali for 26 as he skipped down the pitch for an attempted heave.

However, Sri Lanka's team management will give Dinesh Chandimal every opportunity to heal before the second 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. Angelo Mathews was the top scorer with 52 runs.

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.

"It's not just us, like we're the only side that struggles away from home, it's across the board in test cricket", the 27-year-old batsman told reporters.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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