Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Rare England away win a fantastic start, says Root

Rare England away win a fantastic start, says Root

Herath walked in to a standing ovation, and another when he was last man out for 5.

Root shakes Herath's hand to show the respect they and the cricket world have for the retiring spinner. After the match, he said "As always, losing is not a good result but this is part of the game".

"Jonny, fully fit, would have played this Test match, probably would have performed well, done well with the gloves and scored runs and we wouldn't be having this conversation", insisted Prior. The 2009 champions come into the tournament with a power-packed line-up despite the absence of Katherine Brunt, who suffered a back injury and has been ruled out of the tournament.

Following a positive rhythm with the white ball, England took on Sri Lanka with the red ball in Galle International Stadium, Galle. "We have to look at a replacement or standby player for him".

In an illustrious career, the left-arm orthodox bowler took 433 Test wickets in matches, putting him eighth on the all-time list, which has Lankan compatriot Murali Muralitharan at the top with 800 scalps.

"We had taken five wickets early but we couldn't take the game forward", Hathurusingha said.

Kavisha Dilhari, Yashoda Mendis, Udeshika Prabodini and Shashikala Siriwadana do have a decent number of T20 matches under their belt, but need to be tested against the top opposition teams. Sri Lanka management said Chandimal will bat in the second innings but they could lose the services of the captain for the series. Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes are the biggest gainers in the latest ICC Rankings after scoring centuries against Sri Lanka.

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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 of day four on Friday.

Kaushal was leg before sweeping Leach for 30 and Karunaratne skipped down the pitch and was caught and bowled by Ali for 26.

Dhananjaya de Silva was then adjudged caught behind for 21 after a wild swing at a Stokes delivery but the batsman successfully reviewed it to overturn the decision.

The final session began badly for the hosts.

While the edges fell short of slips, the third one - off Moeen Ali - was shelled.

Angelo Mathews (53 off 92 balls) and Kusal Mendis (45 off 77) added 46 for the fourth wicket as the last real form of resistance, with Mathews surviving until the 69th over, when he was caught by Jos Buttler off Moeen Ali to leave Sri Lanka on 190-6.

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