Rangana Herath takes twelve as Sri Lanka beat England

Sri Lanka defeated England by 75 runs in the first cricket Test in Galle on Thursday to take the lead in the two-match series. 

updated: March 29, 2012 16:44 IST
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Galle: Sri Lanka won their first home Test since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan as they completed a 75-run victory over England in Galle. (Full Scorecard)

Muralitharan, the holder of the record for the most Test wickets, retired in July 2010 since which time Sri Lanka had, until this game, played 17 Tests and won just one.

Having set England a mammoth 340 to win, Sri Lanka endured a few nervous moments as Jonathan Trott, in particular, batted with great fortitude. In the end, though, the target was too great and Sri Lanka held their nerve.

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