Moeen Ali stars with the ball as Eng­land beat Sri Lanka by 211 runs at Galle

Sindhu, Ki­dambi Srikanth in China Open quar­ters

The Northlines - - SPORTS - Galle, Nov 09 Fuzhou, Nov 09

Spin­ners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach com­bined to de­stroy Sri Lanka and bowl Eng­land to a com­pre­hen­sive 211-run vic­tory in­side four days in the first test on Fri­day.

With no re­al­is­tic chance of win­ning af­ter con­ced­ing a 139run first in­nings lead to Eng­land, Sri Lanka tried in vain to force Ran­gana Herath’s farewell test into its fi­nal day. Yet while An­gelo Mathews made his sec­ond fifty of the match and Kusal Mendis con­tributed 45, the rest of their bat­ting or­der failed to of­fer sub­stan­tial re­sis­tance and they col­lapsed for 250. Moeen claimed 4-71 as he and fel­low spin­ners Leach and Adil Rashid shared eight of the 10 Sri Lankan wick­ets.

Play­ing his 93rd and last test, Herath was the last man out, div­ing into his crease in a failed ef­fort to avoid be­ing run out.

“Very proud, I thought the way we played through­out the four days is ex­cel­lent,” Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root said, sin­gling out Ben Foakes, whose cen­tury on de­but earned him the manof-the-match award, for spe­cial praise.

“For a guy to come in on his de­but and play an in­nings of that sub­stance... re­ally proud of him,” he added.

Be­gin­ning day four on 15-0, Sri Lanka needed a solid start to pro­long their bat­tle and overnight bats­men Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw through the first hour with­out any dam­age as they put on 51 runs for the open­ing stand.

Karunaratne en­joyed a slice of luck on 16 when he edged Moeen, but Stokes grassed an easy catch at slip.

Stokes was later sub­jected to sim­i­lar agony as he watched James An­der­son drop

Mathews off his bowl­ing.

Leach even­tu­ally made the break­through when Silva could not con­nect with a sweep shot and was dis­missed leg be­fore wicket for 30.

He was soon joined in the dress­ing room by Karunaratne (26), who charged down the pitch against Moeen and drove it straight back to the off­spin­ner, gift­ing him his 150th test wicket.

Kusal Mendis added 46 runs with Mathews for the fourth wicket, but he too could not con­vert a good start into a big in­nings and fell for 45. Leach bowled Di­nesh Chandi­mal for one, the Sri Lanka cap­tain strug­gling to move be­cause of a ham­string in­jury, but Moeen struck the big­gest blow when he dis­missed Mathews for 53, ef­fec­tively end­ing Sri Lankan re­sis­tance.

“It was a very good wicket but our bat­ting was be­low-par,” Chandi­mal said, adding it was not the farewell that he and his team mates had imag­ined for Herath. Third seeded In­dian PV Sindhu crashed out of the China Open bad­minton tour­na­ment af­ter los­ing to lo­cal girl He Bingjiao in the quar­ter-fi­nal. While In­dia’s lone hope in men’s sin­gles Ki­dambi Srikanth too went down in the last 8 in straight games 14-21, 14-21 to Chi­nese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen.

Sindhu, who was crowned cham­pion of the tour­na­ment in 2016, lost to the eighth seeded player in three games in a tough en­counter.

The Rio Olympics sil­ver medal­list was put on the back foot early by her Chi­nese op­po­nent as she lost the first game 17-21. The Hy­der­abad girl though made a come­back in the match and evened things out by tak­ing the sec­ond game 21-17.

Bingjiao though hit her strides early in the de­cider won the game 21-15 to ad­vance to the semi-fi­nals. Third seeded Sindhu, who clinched three sil­ver medals this sea­son -- Com­mon­wealth Games, World Cham­pi­onship and Asian Games -- lost 17-21 21-17 1521 to the eighth seeded Chi­nese in the quar­ter­fi­nal. It was In­dian shut­tler’s third loss to Bingjiao, who had de­feated her at the In­done­sia Open and French Open in July and Oc­to­ber this year. Sindhu frit­tered away a 8-3 ad­van­tage early on to lose the open­ing game but made a roar­ing come­back in the sec­ond be­fore los­ing the de­cider af­ter a late charge. Sindhu had started well to take a 4-1 lead early on be­fore mov­ing to 8-3 but Bingjiao man­aged to claw back at 9-9. The duo moved neck and neck till 15-15 when the Chi­nese moved ahead with three straight points. Sindhu made it to 17-18 be­fore Bingjiao pock­eted the open­ing game. and

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