Twitter Reactions: England win the Galle battle as Rangana Herath bids adieu to the game
Moeen Ali and Jack Leach were brilliant with the ball as they shared seven wickets.
Published - Nov 9, 2018 4:24 pm | Updated - Nov 9, 2018 4:24 pm
He was a fighter all his career and even in his final Test Rangana Herath went down fighting. Sri Lanka failed to give him a winning farewell but the cricketer made sure that England earned the final wicket to seal the last game of his career. The visitors, against all the expectations, bossed the game from the word go and eventually won it by 211 runs on the fourth day of the opening Test match.
The writing was on the wall for Sri Lanka on the third day itself when they conceded a lead of 461 runs. Their openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva fought valiantly in the first hour of the day and kept the opponents away. But Jack Leach drew first blood by pinning the latter in front of the stumps in the 23rd over and all the good work done by them went in vain by the end of the session.
Karunaratne followed soon and Dhananjaya de Silva was trapped by Ben Stokes at the stroke of lunch to make it 98/3 which left the middle-order to do with a lot of work to do. Angelo Mathews was the lone warrior as he tried building partnerships. But the likes of Kusal Mendis, injured Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella couldn’t provide him support.
Mathews, meanwhile, also reached his half-century only to prove his critics that he is still the best batsman of the team. His twin fifties in this game was the only shining light for the island nation in this game. But even he sent back on 53 by Moeen Ali to ensure the game will not go into the fifth day.
Dilruwan Perera, like he always does, played well scoring 30 runs and shepherded the tail but he was only delaying the inevitable. With Herath’s despairing dive to save himself from getting run-out which went in vain, Sri Lanka were bowled out exactly on 250 in the second innings and concede a lead in the three-match series.
Apart from the result, it was all about Rangana Herath as the England cricketers and the match officials let him leave the field first on a red carpet arranged especially for him. It was an end of era as tough road awaits for Sri Lanka in the series without their veteran.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the day:
Proper Performance ….. !! #ENGLAND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 9, 2018
Well played England. Totally dominant performance in conditions that don't normally suit us. Fully deserved. 👏 👏 👏 #SLvENG
— Steven Pearce (@pearciencfc) November 9, 2018
— Carl Collen (@carl_collen) November 9, 2018
England’s best test win since Koltaka 2012. Amazing! #SLvENG
— Dan Mather (@dmather94) November 9, 2018
Superb performance from England #SLvENG
— Jon Davies (@1JonDavies1988) November 9, 2018
What a win! England storm the Sri Lankan fortress at Galle to go 1 up in the series! 👏👏👏 #SLvENG
— Dave⭐️⭐️ (@dj_zotov) November 9, 2018
— Saroj Karki (@sarojkarki77) November 9, 2018
Amazing performance by England, particularly the newbies. Keep it up boys! #SLvENG
— Laura Piper (@Mattypriorfan) November 9, 2018
— Ronak Vora (@ronak_hv) November 9, 2018
A big win for the visitors and take 1-0 lead in the 3 match series. SL were awful with the bat , their 1st innings score wasn't upto the mark and England batted them out of the game.#SLvENG
— srikrishna 🏏 (@1998Srikrishna) November 9, 2018
Brilliant first win for England in this series. Other than the first session of the first day, a very good performance indeed… #SLvENG
— TC (@infl3xian) November 9, 2018
"Niyamai Rangaiya" will never be heard from Dickwella again 💔…..#SLvENG
— Acid (@Mr_acidz) November 9, 2018
Never in doubt @ECB_cricket. Brilliant performance over 4 days to win in Galle for the first time and to finally win a test match away as well. Pleasure to see @ranganaherath play his last test as well #SLvENG #galle pic.twitter.com/Ex2UYH71Dj
— Robert Jansen (@RobertJansen14) November 9, 2018
England have done an away win!!! SCENESSSSS#SLvENG
— Niall (@Crusty_Crouton) November 9, 2018
— NewsRadio – TNLRN (@newsradiolk) November 9, 2018
— Jake Bostock (@JakeBostock) November 9, 2018