Riding high on Virat’s 10th test century as a skipper and 17th overall, India registered a thumping 304 runs in the first Test at Galle to take an all-important 1-0 lead in the series.
Asking Sri Lanka to chase down a daunting 549 in the fourth innings, Sri Lanka never seemed to be in the task and were bowled out for 245 in the fourth innings on just the fourth day!
Here is a look at the talking points of the day’s play!
India won the 1st Test by 304 runs and take 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. IND 600 & 240/3 decl vs SL 291 & 245-all out (76.5 Ovs) #SLvIND
Virat Kohli’s number 17!
Virat Kohli had his worst series against the Aussies, averaging just 9 in the three matches. He made a strong statement with a century at Galle. Adding to his 76* from Stumps on Day 3, Virat scored his ton quite quickly and soon declared the innings at 240/3.
This was Virat’s 17th test hundred, 10th as a captain and 10 outside home! He is just 1 century shy of equaling the Indian record held by Sunil Gavaskar of most centuries for India as a captain.
Century for the captain and the dressing room erupts to applaud @imVkohli #TeamIndia #SLvIND https://t.co/toVviVvvIQ
Fast bowlers strike early!
Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami struck early in the innings yet again. The Lankan batsmen were already the under the psychological pressure of the huge target and Tharanga and Gunathilaka succumbed to it. In no time, the Lankans were struggling at 29/2.
Karunartne, Mendis and Dickwella show resistance
Opener Karunaratne scored a valiant 97, falling just 3 short of a well-deserved 100. He added 101 runs for the 5th wicket with Niroshan Dickwella, who also scored 67 runs. Kusal Mendis also contributed with 36 to the score.
All smiles after a man of the match performance @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #SLvIND
Ashwin and Jadeja wrap things up
As it had been the entire test season in India, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the wreckers in chief. With three wickets apiece, they ripped through the Sri Lankan batting lineup to take India home. Sri Lanka were 8 down for 245 but injuries to Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne meant that they were practically bowled out to give India their largest victory in terms of runs in the country!
Shikhar Dhawan was awarded the Player of the Match award for his excellent 190 in the first innings!