England complete crushing 211-run win against Sri Lanka

Jack Leach celebrates wicket

First Test, Galle (day four)
England 342 & 322-6 dec: Jennings 146*, Stokes 62
Sri Lanka 203 & 250: Mathews 53; Moeen 4-71, Leach 3-60
England win by 211 runs

England completed a thumping 211-run victory on day four of the first Test against Sri Lanka to end their 13-match winless run away from home.

The tourists steadily took top order wickets in the first two sessions before taking the final five after tea.

Moeen Ali took 4-71 and Jack Leach 3-60, while Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes picked up a wicket each.

The win puts England 1-0 up in the three-match series and is their first in Tests overseas since October 2016.

It is also Joe Root’s first win as captain away from home and is England’s first win at Galle.

A dominant performance from England had left Sri Lanka needing to bat out the final two days to draw – or score a record 462 to win.

Beginning the day 15-0, the hosts survived the first hour unscathed but lost three quick wickets before lunch.

Angelo Mathews offered resistance with 53 but he chipped Moeen to mid-wicket shortly after tea as England closed in.

Rangana Herath – playing in his final Test – was the final wicket to fall, run out by Stokes.

More to follow.

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