England win first Test against Sri Lanka

Ben Foakes

In Sri Lanka's first innings, it lasted barely two sessions - 68 overs - in scoring 203.

Both teams collect one point each and England's next match is on Monday against Bangladesh at the same venue. If he is not 100 percent fit, he may not play.

England skipperJoe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. We wish him a very good future.

While the opening day of the tournament went smoothly, with three games completed in Guyana, the weather in St Lucia has been less hospitable. Although he failed to register a 5-wicket haul in the match, he accounted for four wickets in both the innings.

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

He was soon joined in the dressing room by Karunaratne (26), who charged down the pitch against Moeen and drove it straight back to the off-spinner, gifting him his 150th test wicket. He was caught down the legside first innings, that is bad luck, it's a strangle.

England posted 342 and 322 declared.

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England laid traps and Sri Lanka's batsmen sometimes fell into them with such willingness, it was as if they were "school kids". Angelo Matthews was once again the top scorer with a half-century. He blazed 35 from 38 balls during first-innings cameo.

The hosts were 98 for three at lunch, left needing a highly improbable world record chase of 462 or to bat for five more sessions for a draw.

Overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw through the first hour without any damage, even if they had a little luck when the former edged Moeen Ali on 16 but Ben Stokes grassed an easy catch at slip.

Following a positive rhythm with the white ball, England took on Sri Lanka with the red ball in Galle International Stadium, Galle.

The physical demands of the heat began to take their toll on Foakes, who offered a first chance to short-leg on 60, but the lower order gleefully took the strain. Last man out was Herath, returning to the pavilion for the one last time. After a dizzying morning this was regulation Test cricket, and it worked. "It's hard work", Foakes said. It all happens so quickly.

The match officials' report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 25-year-old's bowling action.

England captain Joe Root (three) also had a deja vu moment when Herath dismissed him for the second time in the match.

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