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12 July 2024

England win first Test against Sri Lanka

Ben Stokes (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya Maduranga during the fourth day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and England at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle. (AFP)


England secured victory Friday in the first Test against Sri Lanka, winning by 211 runs at Galle and giving the visitors their first away Test success in 13 games.

The hosts, chasing a notional 462 victory, were all out for 250 on day four, with Moeen Ali taking four wickets and Jack Leach three.

England remove Sri Lanka's top three with victory in sight

England made strides towards a big victory in the first Test in Galle on Friday, removing Sri Lanka's top three before lunch.

Set a gargantuan 462 for victory, the hosts ended the morning session on 98 for 3, after their openers had earlier batted out the first hour of the fourth day.

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne were dismissed by spinners soon after the drinks break, with Kaushal leg before to Jack Leach for 30 and Karunaratne caught and bowled by fellow spinner Moeen Ali for 26.

Dhananjaya de Silva, who had made a confident start to his innings, was caught at first slip by skipper Joe Root off Ben Stokes in the last over of the session for 21.