This was also England's first win overseas in more than two years.
"This is very special and I thought we played some really good stuff".
The hosts, chasing a notional 462 victory in the first match of a three-Test series, could only muster 250 on day four, with Jack Leach taking three wickets to go with Ali´s four, with Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes getting one each.
England laid traps and Sri Lanka's batsmen sometimes fell into them with such willingness, it was as if they were "school kids".
'After that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us.
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The final result might have seemed nearly inevitable at the start of play, with Sri Lanka pursuing a world record chase of 462 or the equally unlikely prospect of batting two full days for a draw, but the scale of the achievement should not be underplayed.
And the England spinner finally took the big wicket of Mathews in his next over, sticking the ball in the pitch for Jos Buttler to make a simple catch.
"I want to give a really big thank you to the people that have stuck with me, that have helped me over the last 18 months, that have backed me through some tough times, waking up in the middle of the night stressing, panicking". Debutant wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was named man of the match for a brilliant century in the first innings. Chandimal, who was nursing a groin strain, could miss the second test at Pallekele next week. Herath was given a standing ovation by the packed house, mostly England fans, as he walked off the field.
"Test cricket is grinding". It all happens so quickly.
England's captain Joe Root (C) congratulates his teammates after they won the match against Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, Rangana Herath signed-off his global career in a losing cause and also he was the lastone to fall for the hosts in the match.
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Meanwhile, it is a sorry-end for Rangana Herath, as Sri Lanka failed to bid him farewell with a victory.
In addition to the wasteful batting across both inning, Hathurusingha also rued allowing England to mount 342 in the first innings, having had them at 103 for 5 in the first session. "We have so much more hard work to do but to see so many talented players in the XI, or in the squad, or the different options we can go with is credit to the whole group".
Jennings' second Test ton was neither pretty nor dynamic - and offered no clues about how he might reverse his struggles on seaming decks at home - but it was a study in concentration, the kind of effort England might have feared had headed for retirement with Alastair Cook.
In an illustrious career, the left-arm orthodox bowler took 433 Test wickets in matches, putting him eighth on the all-time list, which has Lankan compatriot Murali Muralitharan at the top with 800 scalps.
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