India thrash Sri Lanka by 304 runs to win first Test

Posted July 31, 2017

Indian captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century on Day 4 of the first test match between India and Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka on July 28, 2017.

Actually, team India is on a tour to Sri Lanka, and Virat Kohli and boys on Saturday scored an impressive victory in the Test Match played at the city of Galle, also known for its attractive beaches. Riding on Virat Kohli's fascinating 17th Test ton, India scored 240/3 before declaring the innings and thus giving them a target of 550 runs.

Abhinav is not particularly partial to spinners or fast bowlers, which is unusual but not rare for an opening batsman, but it was clear that this innings was not going to be one where he poked and prodded nervously, batting for survival or even his place in the team.

Mathews' dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together in a 101-run fifth-wicket stand. Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin's first victim of the innings.

Rangana Herath did not bat after picking up an injury in the field. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked three wickets each.

Sri Lanka are expecting to welcome back skipper Dinesh Chandimal for the second Test against India, a helpful boost for the hosts after India completed a comprehensive victory in Galle on Saturday.

Having taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, India will aim to take an unassailable lead in the second Test, which starts on 3rd August at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

India was 189-3 in its second innings at stumps on Day 3 with Kohli 76 not out.

Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Danushka Gunathilaka shared one wicket each for Sri Lanka in the second innings. We bowled badly, fielded badly and batted badly in the first innings.

It was perhaps this showing or the lack of any other viable alternative that earned Dhawan a Test recall to replace Vijay on the Sri Lanka tour.

The last time Cheteshwar Pujara played a Test match in Sri Lanka, his career was at the crossroads. Since there's a lot of time remaining for the action, the players of Team India chose to blow some steam off.

304 runs margin is India's biggest win outside India and Sri Lanka's worst loss in test cricket. "I was really happy to hear that and overall we have a very nice environment".

"Obviously when you lose a game, you are disappointed", he said.

"We'll have to eventually take a call on who plays in the next Test and I'm sure the third guy will understand whatever the call is taken by the team", the skipper said. "There is a very healthy competition from the opening spot in the side, and it keeps me on my toes".