England set Sri Lanka mammoth 462 target


Galle: Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal is doubtful for the second Test against England in Kandy next week.

This earned England it's biggest win against Sri Lanka in terms of runs, eclipsing a 137-run win at Lord's in 1991. The Surrey player rescued England in the first innings with a fantastic century and then contributed a quick 37 in the second.

Charith Asalanka, the promising 21-year-old batting all-rounder, has been called up to the squad in Chandimal's place.

The match will also be England's first Test since stalwart Alastair Cook hung up his bat in September following the home side's 4-1 drubbing of India.

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"Getting a debut hundred is phenomenal but in this innings in particular, to walk out at 103 for five and play in foreign conditions, with all the challenges that come with that, is just a huge, huge effort", said Prior, a member of the talkSPORT radio commentary team covering the series in Sri Lanka. Mathews was dismissed after tea for 53, caught by Jos Buttler at short mid-wicket off Ali. If he is not 100 percent fit, he may not play.

With no realistic chance of winning after conceding a 139-run first innings lead to England, Sri Lanka tried in vain to force Rangana Herath's farewell test into its final day.

He was soon joined in the dressing room by Karunaratne, who charged down the pitch against Moeen and drove it straight back to the off-spinnner, gifting him his 150th test wicket.

We need to regroup and looking forward to the next game.

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Sri Lanka's record of never having lost a test in Galle is in jeopardy. One ball after Dhanajaya de Silva successfully overturned a caught behind decision Stokes tightened up his line and took an indisputable edge that nestled safely in the hands of Joe Root.

Meanwhile, England will go the series opener without Jonny Bairstow as he recovers from injuring himself playing football.

The Surrey wicketkeeper was not even in the original touring party, a late call-up as cover for the injured Jonny Bairstow, but ended his first day in worldwide cricket with a deeply assured 87 not out to his name and dreams of a second day century when play resumes.

"It's a grade-one groin strain", Chandimal explained. This is the first win for England in Galle. "To see them work, to see the hard work leading into the game pay off, is great", Root said. I'm thankful for all those years that I have played, all the people behind me, especially team-mates, Sri Lanka Cricket, I must thank every single person who's behind me.

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