Sri Lankan cricket team members carry their bowler Rangana Herath who played his career last test cricket match on after the fourth day's play of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.
"This is very special and I thought we played some really good stuff". The same combination accounted for Akila Dananjaya, who was forced to play and could only edge, before Rashid got in on the act, another excellent ball finding Dilruwan Perera's edge.
"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.
England players celebrate their win in Galle on Friday. We have a real clear plan about how we want to get to be the number one side in the world.
'We've done our homework and made sure we came here knowing how we were going to try and approach things, ' Root said. "It's been a fantastic start to things".
Both Marcus Trescothick and Rob Key would recall Jonny Bairstow for the second Test - pitch depending!
Their openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva fought valiantly in the first hour of the day and kept the opponents away.
Dhananjaya de Silva, after a confident start, was caught at first slip by skipper Joe Root off Ben Stokes in the last over of the morning session for 21. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review.
Mathews hit three boundaries in his patient 52, silencing questions about his fitness and running between the wickets, but fell to Moeen off the first ball after the tea break. In the first innings, for example, Niroshan Dickwella pushed at a Moeen Ali delivery, and put it straight in the hands of the short cover that had been placed there for exactly that stroke.
Soon afterwards Angelo Mathews, dropped on 18 by James Anderson, went for 53, was caught by Jos Buttler at midwicket with Ali the wicker-taker again.
Thisara Perera picked up five wickets in the innings.
Such an ambition is a long way from being fulfilled but the 211-run victory was Root's first as captain overseas and ends a winless sequence of 14 matches stretching back to October 2016 when England beat Bangladesh in Chittagong.