England have finally won a Test away from home after more than two years as they beat Sri Lanka by 211 runs in the first Test in Galle. On the first day, England opted to bat first and had lost 5 wickets for just 100 runs in the first session of the match but debutant Ben Foakes (107) and lower order batsmen helped to post a good total of 342 runs on a spin friendly track.
In reply, Sri Lanka couldn't put up a fight and were bowled out for just 203 runs and conceded a lead of 139 runs. In the second innings Keaton Jennings played an awesome knock of 146* runs and England declared on 322/6 and set a target of 462 runs for Sri Lanka. And in reply, Sri Lanka could manage only 250 runs and lost the game by 211 runs. Debutant Ben Foakes was named Man of the Match for his match winning hundred.
All the major stats and facts from the first Test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle :
1 - This was England's first Test win away from home since October 2016. Before this Test they had lost 10 of their last 13 Tests away from home.
5 - Ben Foakes became the second England and overall fifth wicket keeper batsman to score a hundred on Test debut.
Hundreds on Test debut (By wicket keepers) -
201* - Brendon Kuruppu (SL) vs New Zealand at Colombo, 1987
132* - Romesh Kaluwitharana (SL) vs Australia at Colombo, 1992
126* - Matt Prior (ENG) vs West Indies at Lord's, 2007
107* - Tom Blundell (NZ) vs West Indies at Wellington, 2017
107 - Ben Foakes (ENG) vs Sri Lanka at Galle, 2018
144 - Ben Foakes scored 144 runs in his debut Test match - the third most by a wicket keeper in debut Test.
Most runs by wicket keepers in debut Test match -
201 - Brendon Kuruppu (201* + DNB) vs NZ at Colombo, 1987
147 - Mat Prior (126* + 21) vs WI at Lord's, 2007
144 - Ben Foakes (107 + 37) vs SL at Galle, 2018
136 - Romesh Kaluwitharana (132* + 4) vs AUS at Colombo, 1992
125 - Kusal Perera (55 + 70) vs IND at Colombo, 2015
153 - Moeen Ali completed 150 wickets in Test cricket. He is the fourth English player to achieve the milestone of 2500 plus runs and 150 plus wickets in Tests.
England players with the double of 2500 runs and 150 wickets in Test cricket -
Ian Botham (5200 runs + 383 wickets)
Andrew Flintoff (3845 runs + 226 wickets)
Stuart Broad (3063 runs + 433 wickets)
Moeen Ali (2617 runs + 153 wickets)
192 - Keaton Jennings scored 192 runs in this Test match including his career best score of 146* runs - the most runs by an English opener in a Test in Sri Lanka.
Most runs by England openers in a Test in Sri Lanka -
192 - Keaton Jennings (46 +146*) at Galle, 2018
179 - Marcus Trescothick (122 + 57) at Galle, 2001
163 - Robin Smith (128 + 35) at Colombo, 1993
157 - Michael Vaughan (52 + 105) at Kandy, 2003
148 - Michael Vaughan (87 + 61) at Colombo, 2007
211 - England's 211 runs win is their biggest win in terms of runs against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. The previous biggest was by 137 runs at Lord's back in 1991.
433 - Rangana Herath finished his Test career with 433 wickets - the most by any left arm bowler and joint eighth most in the world.
Most Test wickets by left arm bowlers -
433 - Rangana Herath (SL)
414 - Wasim Akram (PAK)
362 - Daniel Vettori (NZ)
355 - Chaminda Vaas (SL)
313 - Mitchell Johnson (AUS)
Most Test wickets in the world -
800 - M Muralitharan (SL)
708 - Shane Warne (AUS)
565 - James Anderson (ENG)
563 - Glenn McGrath (AUS)
519 - Courtney Walsh (WI)
434 - Kapil Dev (IND)
433 - Stuart Broad (ENG) / Rangana Herath (SL)