Spinners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach combined to destroy Sri Lanka and bowl England to a comprehensive 211-run victory inside four days in the first cricket test in Galle. Ali, who picked up eight wickets in the match, jumped four places to take 27th spot.
Foakes grasped his chance with both hands after Bairstow was ruled out with an ankle injury, scoring a century in the first innings and a quickfire 37 in the second on day three.
"We have to take as much as we can take this into the rest of the tour, but we have to build on it and not rest on our laurels". In Test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back, ' he said. Curran jumped nine places to a career-high 35th position following his 48 in the first innings. "After reducing them to 100 for five, if you had given only another 150 runs for the next five batters, we would have been still in the game at this stage".
Former captain Angelo Mathews scored the only half-century in the second innings as several top order batsmen fell for loose shots.
Soon afterwards Angelo Mathews - dropped on 18 by James Anderson - went for 53, caught by Jos Buttler at midwicket with Ali again the wicket-taker. "I thought the first hour this morning was great, we might not have got the wickets but they didn't go away from us and towards the end of the session we got our rewards".
Karunaratne offered a return catch to Ali on 26.
Dhananjaya de Silva, after a confident start, was caught at first slip by Root off Stokes in the last over before lunch for 21.
Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis (45) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (1) in the afternoon session.
The 25-year-old became just the 20th Englishman in 141 years of Test cricket to score a hundred on debut and only the second keeper after Prior, who made an unbeaten 126 against the West Indies at Lord's in 2007.
The Englishmen are now having an outing in Sri Lanka for a complete series that includes five ODIs, one T20Is and three Tests. His latest ill-starred experiment at number three has been a bust and someone else must be forced to shoulder the burden next time around. He retired as the most successful left-arm bowler ever, having taken 433 test wickets to sit in a tie for eighth on the all-time list.
Jennings had seven partners in total, Ben Stokes the most productive with a bustling 62, while Ben Foakes' late cameo saw him clearing the ropes three times - showing off yet another string to his bow on his remarkable debut.