England crush Sri Lanka and win test in Galle for first time

England's Moeen Ali, center, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella with team mates during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
England's Jack Leach successfully appeals to dismiss Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot as England's Ben Foakes watches during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews celebrates scoring a half century during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis plays a shot as England's wicketkeeper Ben Foakes watches during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
England's Jack Leach celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis with teammate Joss Buttler, left, during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
England's Ben Stokes, center, celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

GALLE, Sri Lanka — England crushed Sri Lanka by 211 runs with a day to spare in winning a test in Galle for the first time on Friday.

This was England's biggest win against Sri Lanka in terms of runs, eclipsing a 137-run win at Lord's in 1991.

This is also England's first win overseas in more than two years. It had gone through 13 tests away from home without a win, drawing five and losing eight.

After setting Sri Lanka an improbable winning target of 461 and two days to do it, England bossed the first test.

It remained to be seen whether Sri Lanka's batsmen possessed the resolve to take the game to the final day, but they fell short badly as Jack Leach and Moeen Ali shared seven wickets.

Ali finished with 4-71 and a match bag of 8-137.

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