Moeen Ali helps England cruise to victory over Sri Lanka

Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes scored 87 from 184 balls

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was named Man of the Match after scoring a century in his maiden test innings, which could leave the tourists with a selection headache of their own.

"Chandimal's injury is grade one tear, and it will take 10 to 14 days to recover, so it will be touch and go for the second test match", coach Chandika Hathurusingha said.

'Credit goes to England, they played some outstanding cricket. "We have to look at a replacement or standby player", he added.

Joe Root was the key wicket and retiring hero Rangana Herath (below) claimed it for the second time in the match, gripping the surface and taking the edge as the captain pushed forward.

Galle is considered a home banker in these parts, with Sri Lanka losing just four of their previous 18 Tests here in the past decade, and England winless in their four prior visits to this picturesque 16th-century fort.

But both fell after attacking shots, with Kaushal leg before trying to sweep Leach for 30 and Karunaratne caught and bowled by Ali for 26 as he skipped down the pitch for an attempted heave. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review. "We had a really good start in the first session but we couldn't capitalise on it", he said.

After the break Kusal Mendis hit Leach for four over his head but attempting a repeat the next ball skied the ball to Ali, departing for an otherwise impressive 46.

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Kusal Mendis (43) went chasing after Leach to throw away a wicket he had protected so resolutely for a spell, with captain Dinesh Chandimal the next to go for just a single run to the same bowler. In the first innings, for example, Niroshan Dickwella pushed at a Moeen Ali delivery, and put it straight in the hands of the short cover that had been placed there for exactly that stroke. "In test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back".

And the England spinner finally took the big wicket of Mathews in his next over, sticking the ball in the pitch for Jos Buttler to make a simple catch.

Jennings played out five balls on 98 before tea but the wait did not knock him off his groove and he safely strolled through for two more runs after play resumed.

"To be able to contribute to the team is just wonderful", Foakes said after being named man-of-the-match. From 2011 the support from my wife, kids and my immediate family members, I really appreciate the support and without that I don't I could have got to where I am right now.

Earlier, a disciplined piece of bowling from Sri Lanka saw them pick up three wickets for 73 runs in the opening session.

With the game slipping away, Sri Lanka set up a defensive field.

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