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Moeen bowls England to big win over SL

Dhananjaya de Silva will be hoping his veteran teammates can put together a big partnership. Pic Fox SportsMore Dhananjaya de Silva will be hoping his veteran teammates can put together a big partnership. Pic Fox SportsMore
Cassandra Castillo | 10 November, 2018, 08:12

Moeen Ali grabbed four wickets for England. "We have so much more hard work to do but to see so many talented players in the XI, or in the squad, or the different options we can go with is credit to the whole group".

Sri Lanka were chasing a massive 462 and, resuming on 15 without loss, they never threatened to come back into the contest on Thursday with no rain forthcoming to save them after an overnight downpour.

"Jonny, fully fit, would have played this Test match, probably would have performed well, done well with the gloves and scored runs and we wouldn't be having this conversation", insisted Prior.

Former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior reckons Ben Foakes's hundred on his Test debut in the series opener against Sri Lanka has left the selectors with a "nightmare decision".

England laid traps and Sri Lanka's batsmen sometimes fell into them with such willingness, it was as if they were "school kids".

Jos Buttler made 35 and England's first-innings hero Ben Foakes contributed 37 before Root chose to give his bowler a go at the Sri Lankan openers in fading light.

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"It was a very good wicket but our batting was below-par", Chandimal said, adding it was not the farewell that he and his team mates had imagined for Herath. We have a real clear plan about how we want to get to be the number one side in the world. Angelo Mathews was the top scorer with 52 runs.

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.

Dhananjaya de Silva, after a confident start, was caught at first slip by skipper Joe Root off Ben Stokes in the last over of the morning session for 21.

Kusal Mendis's dismissal in the second innings had drawn stone-dead reactions from the dressing room on the fourth day's play after the batsman holed out to the mid-off fielder barely a ball after charging at Jack Leach and hitting him over the top at a time when Sri Lanka were looking to bat time. The contributions of offspinner Akila Dananjaya came in for especial scrutiny - Dananjaya got only two wickets in the match, and conceded more than 4.7 runs per over.

"When you play Test cricket, you need to understand how people are going to get you out - even at club cricket you need to understand that", Hathurusingha said. "After reducing them to 100 for five, if you had given only another 150 runs for the next five batters, we would have been still in the game at this stage".

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