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Finger-spin duo twirl England to first Test victory over Sri Lanka

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Cassandra Gardner | 10 November, 2018, 08:29

The Sri Lankan all-rounder shrugged off his recent lukewarm run in Test cricket with twin fifties, something Hathurusingha believes can be an encouraging starting point for another consistent run with the bat, urging his senior player to push himself to match the likes of Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Steve Smith.

England were in trouble when Foakes walked out to bat but his century, which he completed on Wednesday, proved the cornerstone of an eventual first-innings total of 342.

"We played some really good stuff", Root continued.

England's Jack Leach celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis with teammate Joss Buttler, left, during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

"I have only watched Keaton Jennings live in two test matches and he has got a hundred in both I must be his lucky charm!", former England great Allan Lamb said on Twitter.

"For a guy to come in on his debut and play an innings of that substance... really proud of him", he added. 'We can go to Kandy with huge amounts of confidence and look to still improve and get better'.

Sri Lanka´s spin bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge said however that the hosts still have a chance to win, in part because the notorious Galle wicket is behaving differently this time.

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Kaushal was leg before sweeping Leach for 30 and Karunaratne skipped down the pitch and was caught and bowled by Ali for 26.

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. Two wickets in 10 balls after tea to Moeen removed the last of Sri Lanka's recognised batsmen in Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Mathews, the latter for the highest score of the innings - 53 - and it was all over when Rangana Herath was run out in his final global innings.

England leads the three-match series 1-0.

Stokes took out Dhananjaya de Silva (21) with the last ball before lunch to put England in complete control heading into the afternoon session and more steady progress followed.

"It is very disappointing with the way we got out. getting out to the traps they set".

The Somerset man will hope to have done enough to remain in the team, even if Jonny Bairstow returns after injury, for the second Test in Pallekele (November 14-18).

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