India registers commanding win over Sri Lanka in first Test in Galle; lead series 1-0
Source :NewsBharati   Date :30-Jul-2017

Colombo, July 30: Indian cricket team continues its glorious form in the Test matches and registers a commanding win over Sri Lanka. Notably, India defeated Sri Lanka by 304 runs in their opening Test at Galle, biggest overseas win in terms of runs, surpassing 279 run-victory against England at Leeds in 1986. India has taken lead over Sri Lanka by 1-0 in three match series.

Sri Lanka chasing a massive score of 550 runs for victory but could only manage to get only 245 runs on the board before they got all out and India easily won the match. For Sri Lanka, it was their biggest defeat in terms of runs, surpassing their 301-run loss against Pakistan in 1994.

However, Asela Gunaratne who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and Sri Lankan skipper Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings. India declared their second innings closed on 240 for three after captain Virat Kohli completed his 17th Test hundred.

Sri Lanka needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over. Another opener Danushka Gunathilaka also did not last long either and was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.

Sri Lanka were 29 for 2 at the starting stage and then Sri Lanka managed to get a partnership as Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis together slowly took their team to get steady with a 79-run stand. But after the lunch, India came back strongly and took two quick wickets from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Mendis, who made 36, was given not out on a caught behind appeal but India successfully overturned the umpire's decision on review. Former captain Angelo Mathews also fell soon afterward. Later, Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella added 101 runs partnership for the fifth wicket before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin's first victim of the innings.

Karunaratne dragged the off-spinner back onto his stumps while playing a sweep shot and fell perilously close to his sixth Test hundred. Ashwin, who took 3-65, also dismissed Nuwan Pradeep without scoring before Jadeja (3-71) wrapped things up when Lahiru Kumara skied an attempted slog to become the last man to fall for the hosts. The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.