Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    190
    235
    168
    31
    0
    113.09
    54.1 well, that happened, just like everything else has for Dhawan. Ten runs short of a double-century, with tea probably an over away, he strides down the track and toe-ends a length ball straight to mid-off. Walks off totally annoyed, practicing the shot, and meaning for it to go over the fielder, but once he looks up at the dressing room, he'll realise what a sensational knock this has been. Everyone is on their feet, applauding him. On Test comeback, he makes 190 off 168 balls in Rangana Herath's den 280/2
    7.3 Pradeep has Abhinav nicking off. This is an excellent delivery - angled in from around the wicket and straightens away in the channel off the seam. Abhinav has a short stride and uncertainly feels for it. He ends up feeding a healthy outside edge to Dickwella. Sri Lanka breakthrough in Galle 27/1
    97.4 that is an absolute peach and Pujara is caught behind! Pradeep is known for these out-of-the-blue jaffas! Getting good length balls to both bounce more and seam away even on helpless pitches. Pujara has to play, he's half forward because the length forces him to go half forward, and then he searches for the ball with a defensive bat, but it takes a deadly detour, kisses the edge and goes through to the wicketkeeper. The right-hander's version of the ball that dismissed Abhinav Mukund yesterday. 423/4
    56.4 Has Kohli tickled this behind to the keeper? On-field umpire Oxenford shoots down SL's appeal for caught behind. Herath consults with Dickwella and chooses to challenge the on-field not-out decision. Chest-hunting bouncer on middle stump, Kohli shuffles across off and ventures a hook. But he ends up getting into a tangle. Dickwella leaps off his feet to collect the ball over his head. Was there a snick? Was there a bit of glove? There is a deflection. On close-ups, a splinter of wood is flying off the bat - clear signs of a deflection. Top edged behind to the keeper. Ultra Edge detects a little spike. TV umpire Tucker reverses the on-field not-out call after examining several replays and angles. Another top-quality delivery from Pradeep, he takes down Kohli. The Indian captain was harried by the short stuff in the Caribbean as well 286/3
    101.1 caught at first slip! Super backing up for a super ball. It pitches on a fullish length, draws the batsman to drive away from his body. Rahane thinks he can do that on a pitch with such little help for the fast bowlers. He's already hit better balls to the boundary in this innings. But on this occasion, only the outside edge results and Karunaratne dives low to his right to snaffle it 432/5
    115.1 Caught behind! The short ball works for Pradeep again, this earns him his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket. How long has he waited for this moment? Pradeep digs it it and lets it fly towards the left shoulder of Ashwin. He doesn't back away from a hook but can't connect well enough. Gloved behind to Dickwella 495/7
    114.1 Miscued off the toe end! Herath has his first wicket of the match after bowling 31 overs. Tossed up and drifts in on leg stump, Saha forays down the track, but the ball dips, Saha only manages to drag a catch to Dilruwan at mid-on 491/6
    133.1 That is that. Kumara wraps up India for 600! Banged in short on middle, Pandya takes it on, you've got to once you've reached 600. He shapes to muscle it away over the boundary. But he does not get all of it. Skies it to deep square leg. Dhananjaya, subbing for Asela, tumbles and clings onto the catch 600/10
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    25
    24
    2
    0
    62.50
    121.2 rip-roaring yorker and the middle stump is in disarray. The two-card trick at its best. And Pradeep doesn't even celebrate. He just wheels away in his followthrough as a bowler who knew the wicket was coming the moment he decided to put this plan in motion would. Jadeja is caught in the crease, he's not ready for his toes to be singed, he's late in bringing the bat down but is quick to leave the field. So much that the umpires need to ask him to wait to check on the no-ball. Pradeep is just fine, the smallest portion of the heel is behind the line 517/8
    129.5 he connects with the short ball, but only to then find deep square leg. The short ball comes out and sure as heck Shami gives it everything. But since it hits the higher part of his bat, he doesn't get any timing on it 579/9
    not out
    11
    17
    10
    1
    1
    110.00
    Extras
    16 (b 2, lb 5, nb 3, w 6)
    TOTAL
    600 all out (133.1 Overs, RR: 4.50, 584 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (A Mukund, 7.3 ov), 2-280 (S Dhawan, 54.1 ov), 3-286 (V Kohli, 56.4 ov), 4-423 (CA Pujara, 97.4 ov), 5-432 (AM Rahane, 101.1 ov), 6-491 (WP Saha, 114.1 ov), 7-495 (R Ashwin, 115.1 ov), 8-517 (RA Jadeja, 121.2 ov), 9-579 (Mohammed Shami, 129.5 ov), 10-600 (HH Pandya, 133.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    ANPR Fernando31213264.2511
    CBRLS Kumara25.1313135.2052
    MDK Perera30113004.3300
    HMRKB Herath40615913.9700
    MD Gunathilaka704105.8500
  • BATSMEN
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    1.5 big shout for lbw, the finger goes up. This looks plumb. Karunaratne, though, challenges the on-field out decision of Oxenford, after having a word with his senior partner. "Doesn't look the greatest of reviews," says Tucker, the TV umpire. 'Nuff said. The tracker suggests it would go onto hit the middle of middle. That was how plumb it was. Umesh spears it full and straight at 144.7ks, Karunaratne is beaten for pace. And when the bat is brought down late, it comes down at an angle. He ends up playing all around it. The ball swings in to pin the front pad bang in front. Why did Karunaratne review this? Why did Tharanga agree to it? Beats me 7/1
    33.6 Tharanga dares to foray down the pitch, but this one dips, and the batsman merely jabs it out to Abhinav at silly point. He swiftly gathers the ball and releases it to Saha, the keeper, who flips the bails off. Tharanga has to undo his steps. He hastily dives back again, but the bat bounces up in the air by the time the keeper breaks the bails. The opener is caught short. Sharp work from Abhinav. He went low, picked up the ball with both hands, and under-armed it to Saha who did the rest. What a bizarre way to be dismissed! It won't be considered out from October, when the newly updated rules are put in place 125/4
    14.2 straight to first slip and a silly shot ends the debutant's stay. Short of a length delivery outside off, met with no footwork and a flashing bat. Perfect recipe for the outside edge 68/2
    14.6 he's got two in the over and so has first slip! Sensational bowling from Shami, holding the ball in the corridor, waiting for the nick, like a seasoned fisherman. Mendis, the whippersnapper, leaps up and is bagged, tagged and instagrammed. Mendis' first duck at home 68/3
    58.5 caught at short cover! Mathews has to walk back, even though he has played a pretty decent shot, moving to the leg side, to lift a flighted delivery over the off side infield. Problem is, he can't get under the ball enough to put power into the shot and as a result Virat Kohli pouches the ball with very little difficulty. 205/6
    39.2 You can't get away from Abhinav! He pulls off a one-hander at silly-point. Outstanding reflexes. This was an outstanding ball as well. Dip, turn and bounce - the perfect cocktail. Pitches on middle and breaks away, Dickwella presses forward, but the ball dips, creating distance between the bat and pitch. He jabs at it with hard hands. Abhinav throws himself to his right and snaffles the outside edge with one hand even as the ball was dipping. He plucks it inches from the ground 143/5
    not out
    92
    144
    132
    10
    4
    69.69
    66.2 Herath has been given out caught behind by the on-field umpire Illingworth. He points to his left elbow and asks for a review. This was lobbed up outside off, this is a bouncier than normal Galle track, Herath attempts a reverse-sweep. Did this just loop behind off the forearm? Nope, the ball brushed the glove band on its way to Rahane running back from first slip. TV umpire Tucker upholds the on-field call 241/7
    73.5 Maiden Test wicket for Pandya! That should taste su-weeet. Speared full and straight, Pradeep is stapled to the crease, feebly plays inside the line, and does not even touch it. Pandya knocks back the middle stump. Seven minutes to go for lunch 280/8
    78.3 nails the top of off stump! This is sensational bowling - he loops it up outside off and draws Kumara forward, but the batsman doesn't realise this one also drifts away, just that couple of inches, and turns in just enough. but all the best tricks are subtle. Kumara doesn't cover for it and ends up playing inside the line and is beaten on the outside edge. Just top class, even if he only had to deal with a tail-ender 291/10
    absent hurt
    -
    Extras
    5 (lb 4, w 1)
    TOTAL
    291 all out (78.3 Overs, RR: 3.70, 258 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (FDM Karunaratne, 1.5 ov), 2-68 (MD Gunathilaka, 14.2 ov), 3-68 (BKG Mendis, 14.6 ov), 4-125 (WU Tharanga, 33.6 ov), 5-143 (N Dickwella, 39.2 ov), 6-205 (AD Mathews, 58.5 ov), 7-241 (HMRKB Herath, 66.2 ov), 8-280 (ANPR Fernando, 73.5 ov), 9-291 (CBRLS Kumara, 78.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammed Shami1224523.7510
    UT Yadav1417815.5700
    R Ashwin2758413.1100
    RA Jadeja22.336732.9700
    HH Pandya301314.3300
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    3.6 picks out point! Dhawan walks off feeling short-changed, because he's found a way to fall to a ball that is short and wide. Now why has a man who's been timing the pants off the cricket ball been undone in such a way? Because the pitch holds this ball in it a little longer and it comes on a lot slower than Dhawan expects. He's into the cut so early, his bottom hand flies off the bat to indicate his lack of control and Danushka does the rest 19/1
    46.3 this looks quite plumb and umpire Oxenford raises his finger! Mukund, though, asks for a review. Slides in with the angle from around the wicket, non-turner, Mukund has a short stride and plays down the wrong line. He is pinned on the front pad below the knee-roll in line with middle. The tracker shows the ball would go onto hit middle and leg. First Test wicket for Danushka, and SL have something to show for this session 189/3
    16.5 Caught at leg gully! Kusal Mendis, under the helmet, plucks out a smart, smart catch. And the rain arrives in Galle. The groundstaff tear in with the covers. Mendis and the others depart as well. This was pretty full and angling into middle and leg from wide of the crease, Kumara asks Pujara to flick uppishly. The batsman obliges and strokes it firmly. The ball flies to Mendis crouching at leg gully. It bobbles out but Mendis sticks out his right hand and clings onto the catch, with just one hand, on the rebound. Pujara's flick is his strength but this one plays into Sri Lanka's hands as he does not keep it down 56/2
    not out
    103
    158
    136
    5
    1
    75.73
    not out
    23
    28
    18
    2
    0
    127.77
    Extras
    4 (lb 1, nb 1, w 2)
    TOTAL
    240/3d (53 Overs, RR: 4.52, 228 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-19 (S Dhawan, 3.6 ov), 2-56 (CA Pujara, 16.5 ov), 3-189 (A Mukund, 46.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    ANPR Fernando1226305.2501
    MDK Perera1506714.4600
    CBRLS Kumara1215914.9120
    HMRKB Herath903403.7700
    MD Gunathilaka501613.2000
  • BATSMEN
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    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
    21
    51
    50
    3
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    42.00
    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
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    absent hurt
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    Extras
    10 (lb 3, w 7)
    TOTAL
    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)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammed Shami904314.7710
    UT Yadav904214.6600
    RA Jadeja24.547132.8500
    R Ashwin2746532.4000
    HH Pandya702103.0020

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to bat first

Series result

India led the 3-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Match number

Season

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

1

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

2009

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

62

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

1

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

309

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

3

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

339

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

5

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

0

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

2

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

6

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

110

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

4

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

8

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

63.85

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.