England eased to their first away Test victory since 2016 with a 211-run win over Sri Lanka in the series opener in Galle. The tourists’ spinners did the trick on the fourth day of the clash with Moeen Ali taking four wickets and the impressive Jack Leach picking up three as the hosts were bowled out for 250, with Angelo Mathews the only home batsman to pass 50 runs.
It marked England’s first ever Test victory in Galle and they will move on to Kandy for the second Test with confidence high and the likelihood is they will play the same side, although both Stuart Broad and Johnny Barstow are itching to get back in.
Meanwhile, Galle was the last Test for Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath who said his goodbyes after the game.
He told Sky Sports: “Losing is never a good result for any team but hopefully the guys will come back strongly for the next two Tests.
“I am in an emotional situation. Everyone has to take a decision at the right time and I am thankful for all those years that I have played. “I will miss it, of course. I may play some first-class cricket but we will see how it goes. I need to chat with work! I am happy with the talent that we have, we have a winning mindset.”