SL 203, 250 (85.1ov)
ENG 342, 322/6 (93.0ov)

England beat Sri Lanka by 211 runs

MOM: Ben Foakes

  • So, that's it from us on this rather emotional day. Lots of memories from this Galle Test. Some sweet, some bittersweet, each to their own depending on which side they've been on. We move now to Pallekele where the second game will take place. It will be held on 14th November and the action will begin at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Do join in for that. Cheers, folks!
  • Rangana Herath is being carried around his home ground on the shoulders of his teammates. A sterling career comes to an end. One of the best in the business, a stalwart of Sri Lankan cricket. The last one from the previous century, the golden generation. Rangana Herath's career will be celebrated, more so because he's living proof that you can be an analog watch in the digital age, that you can stand out. Proof that sometimes, it's the simple things that can make all the difference. He had to be patient and bide his time when Muttiah Muralitharan was around, but once he took over, there was no stopping him. He bows out of the game as highest wicket-taking left-arm spinner, 8th overall in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket with 433 scalps. A true gentleman leaves the beautiful game on the international stage. He surely leaves a big hole in Sri Lankan cricket, and he will be missed.
  • Now, here is the man of the hour. Rangana Herath walks up for the presentation one final time. He says that it is an emotional moment for him, but he will focus on the second part of his life now. Adds that he might continue to play First-Class cricket. On his family, he says he has got a lot of support from them, especially his wife and his kids, and that none of this (his career) would be possible without them. Expresses gratitude, to his teachers, his old coaches, his Sri Lankan teammates and sponsors and just feels thankful for all they have done for him.
  • England skipper, Joe Root, says he's very proud of his team for the way it played in these four days. Reckons that from the Lunch break on Day 1, they were always in control of the game. Informs that they wanted to come out and score runs and not just sit back and defend against the Lankan spinners. Is happy with how his batsmen performed as everyone played crucial knocks. Adds that they did their homework so it is quite pleasing to see the plans being executed properly. Feels that they did the best that they could in this game and wants to back this up in the coming matches as well. On Rangana Herath, he chuckles and says he's glad he won't be there in the next game. Continues to say what a spectacular career the veteran has had and and that he's given a lot to Sri Lankan cricket.
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, says it was a really good wicket but their batting was below par. Adds that if you bat the way they did, there's no real chance left in the game. Praises England for playing well. Rues the fact that they couldn't capitalize in the 3rd innings when England were on the back foot, and applauds Keaton Jennings and Ben Stokes for batting the way they did. Stresses that the batting is the area that they need to work on and it's something they will look to improve fast. Explains that it's an emotional day for them for obvious reasons, and that they feel a bit disappointed that they couldn't give Rangana Herath the farewell he deserved. On his injury, he says the medical team will have to assess him and then take a call. Has a lot of good things to say about Herath, and besides his exceptional cricketing skills, he mentions that above all, he's a wonderful human being and one of the best he's ever known.
  • Man of the Match, Ben Foakes, says it's been a terrific few days for him. Informs that when he walked in to bat, he was a bit nervous but grew in confidence as the minutes passed by. On giving the selectors something to think about, he reckons that Jonny Bairstow will be fit again so he will come back in the team. Mentions that this has been a dream come true for him, so is happy he could do well.
  • Plenty to work on for Sri Lanka, especially in the batting department. Only two fifties were scored in the entire game and both came from Angelo Mathews. The spinners got their share of the wickets, but since they weren't backed by the batting department, not much could have been done. Lots to be done for the second Test. It is something they shall surely work on in the nets.
  • A good win for England. They were put on the mat in the first innings but Ben Foakes came to the rescue on his debut and scored a fine ton, and then the English bowlers wrapped the hosts early to take a massive 139-run first innings lead. Then, Keaton Jennings finally came to the party and contributed with a massive ton of his own, setting a big target of 462 for Sri Lanka. After that, the visitors' spinners weaved their web around the Lankan batsmen once more and got the job done before the end of Day 4.
  • A standing ovation from the crowd as Rangana Herath makes his way back to the dressing room. The English team walks up to him to shake the great man's hand one last time. This Test might have been won by England, but all eyes will turn towards just one man. He's most definitely earned it.
  • 85.1ARashid to RanganaHerath

    OUT! It's all over! A bit of a sad end to Rangana Herath's international career. Tossed up outside off, Herath gets low to play the reverse sweep. It goes off the under edge past the keeper and the batsmen decide to come back for the second. Rangana is struggling on the second one, puts in a desperate dive as Stokes throws it back to the keeper who takes the bails off. It's taken upstairs and replays show that Herath is just short. So with that, ENGLAND WIN BY 211 RUNS! Their first-ever Test victory in Galle.
  • A run out appeal is taken upstairs. Rangana Herath is the man in question. Looks close. Could go either way. Let's see what happens here...
  • 84.6MAli to SLakmal

    Full ball attacking the stumps, driven to mid off to end the over.
  • 84.5MAli to SLakmal

    Flicked away on the leg side. Dot ball.
  • 84.4MAli to SLakmal

    Lakmal comes down the track, seeing this Moeen shortens his length. It raps the batsman on the thigh pad. Good bowling.pads.
  • 84.3MAli to SLakmal

    The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 84.2MAli to RHerath

    Fraction straight in line, swept down to fine leg for a single.
  • 84.1MAli to RHerath

    Looped up delivery around off, it spins away, Herath hangs his bat inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 83.6ARashid to SLakmal

    Fuller and on leg, catches the batsman low on the pads as he fails to connect.
  • 83.5ARashid to SLakmal

    FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Lakmal is on his back foot in a jiffy and cracks the punch through covers for a boundary.
  • 83.4ARashid to SLakmal

    Flights it up close to off, a front foot defense in response is presented.
  • 83.3ARashid to SLakmal

    Waits for the ball to come to him and then dead-bats it.
  • 83.2ARashid to SLakmal

    Short and flat outside off, punched away on the off side.
  • 83.1ARashid to SLakmal

    Short, on middle and leg and turning away, Lakmal goes back and wrists it towards mid-wicket.
  • Final Drinks break of the game, most likely anyway.
  • 82.6MAli to RHerath

    Plays this off the front foot and into the ground. End of the over.
  • 82.5MAli to RHerath

    Spinning away from around off, sharp turn, Herath looks to play at it and gets beaten past the outside edge.
  • 82.4MAli to RHerath

    The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 82.3MAli to RHerath

    Tossed up from around the wicket, on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 82.2MAli to SLakmal

    Goes deep inside the crease, plays with the spin and turns it in front of square leg for a single.
  • 82.1MAli to RHerath

    A little too full in length, Herath goes against the spin and works it to backward square leg for a run.
  • 81.6ARashid to SLakmal

    Flicks it straight to the same fielder again. End of the over.
  • 81.5ARashid to SLakmal

    Uses the depth of the crease and wrists it to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 81.4ARashid to SLakmal

    Stays on the back foot and keeps it out.
  • 81.3ARashid to RHerath

    Short ball, turning in on middle, Herath goes on the back foot and pulls it through square leg. One run to the total.
  • 81.2ARashid to SLakmal

    The googly, spinning down, worked fine down to fine leg for one.
  • 81.1ARashid to SLakmal

    A lot of flight on this one, it lands short and turns away outside off. Lakmal looks to hit it away but misses.
  • 80.6MAli to RHerath

    Outside off this time, Herath fails to put bat on ball.
  • 80.5MAli to RHerath

    Comes on the front foot and dead-bats it.
  • 80.4MAli to RHerath

    Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 80.3MAli to RHerath

    Another one full in length, safely guarded out.
  • 80.2MAli to RHerath

    Comes forward to this fuller length ball and keeps it out.
  • 80.1MAli to RHerath

    The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 79.6ARashid to RHerath

    He's off the mark! Short ball and Herath pulls it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 79.5ARashid to RHerath

    Full and outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 79.4ARashid to RHerath

    Safe. Rangi avoids a duck in his last ever outing. For now at least. Loopy leg break on middle and leg, it spins in as Herath gets low to sweep. Foakes moves to his right, takes the catch and appeals. The finger goes up too. The Lankan veteran reviews it and replays show there's no bat or glove involved. Good call from him.