England set Sri Lanka huge target after Jennings ton

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

Veteran Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath got emotional as he bid farewell to worldwide cricket on a losing note as England defeated the hosts by 211 runs. The batting will have to come good if they are to challenge a strong England side. Angelo Matthews was once again the top scorer with a half-century.

After the dismissal of Stokes, Jennings added 74 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler (35) and 61 for the sixth wicket with Ben Foakes (37).

England declared its second innings on 322-6, and opener Keaton Jennings was unbeaten on 146. "They outplayed us in all three departments of the game".

Thisara Perera picked up five wickets in the innings.

The highest fourth-innings total in Sri Lanka is 397 made by New Zealand in 2009 at Sinhalese Sports Club in a losing cause. He tried to hit the spinners out of the attack with lifted hits and attempted at derailing them with the occasional reverse sweep. However, he said that he hopes to play some first-class cricket before he bids an adieu to the game completely.

Thisara Perera and Rangana Herath, who was playing his final global fixture, took two wickets each.

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"Credit goes to England, they played some outstanding cricket". Ben Foakes, the Man of the Match on his debut, said:It's been a surreal few days for me and it feels like a dream. The big thing for me is just making my debut, being able to say you're an England test cricketer. You can go to him and he has given really good advice. I have been here a few times before and I must've helped (on playing spinners). I asked him to bowl one more and he said I've nothing left, and that doesn't happen often.

Herath, in his last game before retiring having got his landmark 100th wicket at Galle, then got England captain Joe Root out for the second time in the match, caught behind for three. The wicket was a bit tacky at the start of the day and then the pitch changed.

"We played some really good stuff". We have done our homework.

However, while speaking at the end of the match, Rangana Herath got emotional. But yeah, he's had a fantastic career and it's great to see so many people celebrate his career.

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha rued missed opportunities, especially on the first day. "In difficult conditions, when you know it's only going to get harder, it can weigh quite heavily on you psychologically, and we used that in our favour". "From there on we were chasing the game", he said.

Led by Heather Knight, England, who are at No.3 on the MRF Tyres ICC Women's T20I Rankings, boast of a formidable batting line-up that has super big-hitters in Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, and all-rounder Natalie Sciver. We need to address that.

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