England wrapped up their first out of the country Test victory for greater than two years, downing Sri Lanka at their Galle stronghold by way of 211 runs with an afternoon to spare.
There had been 13 video games for the reason that ultimate good fortune on overseas soil – taking in journeys to Bangladesh, Australia, India and New Zealand – however England banished their commute illness in taste, led by way of Moeen Ali’s very best fit figures clear of house.
He took 4 for 71 because the hosts have been rolled for 250, and 8 for 137 total, with fellow spinner Jack Leach available to disregard 3 of the highest six.
The ultimate consequence may have appeared nearly inevitable firstly of play, with Sri Lanka pursuing a world-record chase of 462 or the similarly not going prospect of batting two complete days for a draw, however the scale of the success will have to now not be underplayed.
Galle is regarded as a house banker in those portions, with Sri Lanka dropping simply 4 of their earlier 18 Tests right here in the previous decade, and England winless in their 4 prior visits to this picturesque 16th-century fortress.
At 103 for 5 at the first morning Joe Root’s facet appeared to be heading for extra sadness, however effective centuries in both innings from debutant Ben Foakes and opener Keaton Jennings equipped the resistance and a three-strong spin assault flourished with 16 of the 20 required wickets.
The openers started the day neatly with a 51-run stand, rationing England to a solitary probability in the first hour – Dimuth Karunaratne uncharacteristically dropped by way of Ben Stokes at slip to deny Moeen.
Then Kaushal Silva (30) gave it away, stooping to sweep Leach and falling lbw after being overwhelmed in the air. Having made the error he compounded it, burning a DRS overview on his way.
Less than 3 overs later Karunaratne determined he would take the aerial path in opposition to Moeen, an ill-judged scheme that noticed him membership a company go back catch again on the off-spinner.
Stokes entered the assault simply in time to strike every other blow earlier than lunch. One ball after Dhananjaya de Silva effectively overturned a stuck in the back of choice, Stokes tightened up his line and took an indeniable edge that nestled safely in the palms of Root.
Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews cooled the fee in the afternoon, striking on 45 as Leach looked for his rhythm at one finish and Stokes bombarded them with a snarling spell on the different.
The all-rounder deserved praise and would have had it when he moved quickly Mathews with a brief ball on 17. The batsman grew to become a pull directly to Jimmy Anderson at midwicket, the place a law catch popped out.
While he made probably the most of it, attaining his half-century, Mendis gave his wicket away on 45. One ball after a free lofted force off Leach, he tried an equivalent stroke and used to be stuck by way of a back-pedalling Moeen.
Dinesh Chandimal can no less than declare to had been overwhelmed authentically, Leach drawing him in on a middle-and-leg line and discovering enough flip to clip off stump.
What little hope there used to be in the house dressing room used to be extinguished in a rush by way of Moeen. He accounted for Niroshan Dickwella with the first ball after tea, Stokes making amends for his previous drop with a pointy take, then added a cushy shot from Mathews (53) to his assortment.
Moeen grabbed a fourth wicket of the day, Akila Dananjaya, to overtake his seven-wicket fit haul in Durban 3 years in the past, and Adil Rashid did for Dilruwan Perera.
Retiring hero Rangana Herath bowed out in disappointing type, run out sprawling to make his floor, however used to be clapped off and on the sector in a display of admire by way of his combatants.
Among the ones celebrating in the center simply 4 have been provide in October 2016 at England’s ultimate away win in Chittagong – Root, Stokes, Moeen and Rashid.
Vic Marks’ file from Galle to practice