Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    73.2 No hundred for Dimuth! He drags a sweep back onto the middle stump. This was pushed through full and drifts outside off, Dimuth loses his patience and subsequently his wicket. A thick bottom edge disturbs the stumps 240/6
    2.5 Shami does not need any assistance from his fielders. He cleans up Tharanga all by himself. This is an even better ball. Back of a length, angling in, snakes back in from outside off. Sharp seam movement for Shami from around the wicket and extra bounce to boot. Tharanga is cramped for room and only drags it back onto the leg stump via an inside edge. The leg bail is tipped off 22/1
    5.4 This is a dolly. Straight into the hands of short square leg. Bye bye, debutant. Pretty full and swinging into the pads at 142ks, Danushka flicks but fails to keep it down. Picks out Pujara, who did not even have to budge at that position. Soft, soft dismissal 29/2
    30.5 turn and bounce! Saha mounts a caught-behind appeal. On-field umpire Oxenford turns it down. Kohli chooses to challenge it. This proves successful for India. Mendis has to exit. This was pushed through quicker and lifting outside off. Mendis has a defensive poke at it in the channel. He plays inside the line as the ball grazes the outside edge near the higher part of the bat and settles into the gloves of Saha. There's a spike on Ultra Edge. The keeper rides the bounce and snaffles it. Umpire Oxenford's on-field call has been reversed. Sri Lanka are three down and effectively four down 108/3
    34.3 Oh dear, Mathews ventures a wild leg-side hoick and spoons a catch to backward point! What was that, Angelo? He runs down the track and looks to thump it over the leg side. But he is nowhere close to the pitch of this turning ball and skews a leading edge that baloons into the hands of Pandya. Strange shot selection from Mathews. Unbelievable. This Test is hurtling towards a four-day finish? 116/4
    61.5 Dickwella has been given out caught behind. He walks off, giving Ashwin his first wicket of the innings. This was well bowled. Tossed up higher and wider outside off from around the wicket. Ashwin gets the ball to turn and bounce. Dickwella dares to sweep against the break. The extra bounce catches the top edge, a thin one, and Saha pouches it. End of a hit-and-miss innings 217/5
    not out
    73.4 Kohli dives forward and takes it at leg slip Tossed-up offbreak, lifting at Nuwan Pradeep, who prods at it. The ball brushes the glove and loops to the Indian captain. Kohli isn't the best close-in fielder, but he clings onto this chance 240/7
    76.5 Kumara holes out, the injured Herath won't bat. It's all over. India conquer Galle. Jadeja sews up India's 304-run victory. This was liberally tossed up outside off and breaks back in. Kumara has an almighty slog-sweep at it and only top-edges it hiiiiiiiiigh in the air. Shami at mid-off settles under this skier. This is India's biggest win away from home in terms of runs. Kohli grins from ear to ear, and India soak in the moment 245/10
    absent hurt
    absent hurt
    10 (lb 3, w 7)
    245 all out (76.5 Overs, RR: 3.18)
    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (WU Tharanga, 2.5 ov), 2-29 (MD Gunathilaka, 5.4 ov), 3-108 (BKG Mendis, 30.5 ov), 4-116 (AD Mathews, 34.3 ov), 5-217 (N Dickwella, 61.5 ov), 6-240 (FDM Karunaratne, 73.2 ov), 7-240 (ANPR Fernando, 73.4 ov), 8-245 (CBRLS Kumara, 76.5 ov)
    Mohammed Shami9.004314.7710
    UT Yadav9.004214.6600
    RA Jadeja24.547132.8500
    R Ashwin27.046532.4000
    HH Pandya7.002103.0020

Match Details


India , elected to bat first

Series result

India led the 3-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

26,27,28.29 July 2017 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Jul - day 1 - India 1st innings 399/3 (CA Pujara 144*, AM Rahane 39*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 154/5 (AD Mathews 54*, MDK Perera 6*, 44 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Jul - day 3 - India 2nd innings 189/3 (V Kohli 76*, 46.3 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Jul - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 245 (76.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Humongous target


No. of bigger targets set by India in Tests, than the 550 runs in this match. They had set NZ 617 in Wellington in 2008-09 and that match ended as draw.

Top-four high


Last time India's top-4 scored 3 or more centuries in a Test, before this match. Gambhir, Sehwag and Dravid had scored 100s against SL in Kanpur.

Mukund's best


Abhinav Mukund's previous highest score in Tests. His fifty in this innings is only his second in 14 Test innings/

Huge lead, no follow-on


No. of bigger first inns leads for Ind after which they did not enforce follow-on. Dravid had chosen to bat again after 319-run lead at Oval 2007 and that was drawn.

Big gain


India's first innings lead in this match, their highest ever in a Test in Sri Lanka. Their previous highest was lead of 192 runs in Galle in 2015.

Dilruwan loves Galle


No. of 50+ scores for Dilruwan Perera in his last 4 Test innings in Galle, including this inns. 3 of his 5 Test fifties have come in Galle.

Mathews continuing it


Runs scored by Mathews when India toured Sri Lanka last time, in 2015. He was the highest run-getter of the series and also the only one to make 2 100s.

Another 600


No. of 600-plus totals by India in last one year, including this. All other teams combined have scored only one such total; Australia v Pak at MCG.

Nuwan's first


No. of five-wicket hauls for Nuwan Pradeep in his Test career, before this game. He gets his maiden five-for in his 25th Test. He had six four-fors.

Herath's rare failure


No. of times Herath has conceded over 100 runs before taking a wicket in a home Test, including this match. The earlier one was also in Galle, v Pak in 2000.

Makes'em big


No. of 150+ scores for Pujara, including this innings. He has converted 50% of his centuries into 150+ scores - 6 out of 12.

Dhawan's session


Previous most runs by an India batsman in the 2nd session of the day, by Polly Umrigar v WI, PoS 1961-62. Dhawan has overcome that starting the session on 64*.

Starts strong


No. of 100s for Dhawan in the first or only Test of a series, including this. The only exception was his 187 on debut which was the 3rd Test of that series.

Second-wicket high


No. of century partnerships for the 2nd wicket for India since 2016, easily the most among all teams. NZ are next with 5 century stands for that wicket.

Dhawan v Sri Lanka


Dhawan's ave in International matches against SL, before today - his best against any opposition (2+ inns). He scored 125 in recent Champions Trophy match.