Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

717dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Herath seven razes India for 112

Sri Lanka choked the life out of India's chase of 176, with Rangana Herath taking 7 for 48 to condemn the visitors to a 63-run defeat

717dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Resolute Herath stretches cricketing mortality, again

After being jettisoned for the third Test against Pakistan, whispers about Rangana Herath's retirement grew. However, he returned for the first Test against India, fighting weak knees and a troublesome back, to spin Sri Lanka to a come-from-behind win

717dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

'We had nothing to lose in the second innings' - Mathews

Angelo Mathews conceded he did not really think Sri Lanka could win at lunch on day three, but suggested the dire match situation unlocked the fearless attitude that won his team the Galle Test

717dSharda Ugra in Galle

We were tentative, not fearless - Kohli

Virat Kohli walked into the post-match media briefing and, clearly and emphatically, pinned the onus of India's defeat at the hands of the batsmen

717dSharda Ugra in Galle

Frozen India caught in the headlights

With the batsmen struggling with doubt over their ability to play spin and bat for time, India's chase on the fourth day in Galle ended up being the sum of all their fears

Day 3

717dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Chandimal 162* leaves India tricky chase

What began as a low-percentage humpty from Dinesh Chandimal ended as a high-quality counterattack of 162 not out off 169 balls to set India a tricky target of 176, nearly double the highest successful chase in Galle

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Six decisions for the DRS

A look at the doubtful umpiring decisions over the first three days of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and India

717dSharda Ugra in Galle

India's boat knocked sideways by Chandimal

Sri Lanka sensed a slightly soft centre in India's much-advertised aggressive approach. If anything, competitors pick up the smallest of signs and the Indians gave out a few big ones today

717dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Chandimal's anarchic mayhem lifts Sri Lanka

There were clunking buses, trumpeting trains and screeching political speeches in Galle, but Dinesh Chandimal unleashed his own brand of reverse-slapping pandemonium

Day 2

717dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Spinners cap India's day of batting domination

India didn't quite bat Sri Lanka out of the game, taking a 192-run lead, but their spinners removed the Sri Lanka openers in four available overs to threaten a three-day finish

717dSharda Ugra in Galle

Restrained Dhawan tunes out the noise

Judicious shot selection and an ability to forget the previous ball were prominent features of Shikhar Dhawan's innings of studied breeziness

717dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

The roughest of diamonds

Tharindu Kaushal is as likely to deliver an unplayably fizzing offbreak as he is a full-toss, but somewhere beneath the caked-on dirt and clotted grime is a match-turning bowler

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A case of hit and no run

Plays of the Day from the second day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and India

Day 1

717dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Ashwin six-for puts India in charge

Losing the toss in Sri Lanka usually demoralises visiting sides, but India - led by R Ashwin's second successive five-for and his best figures away from home - did a stellar job to seemingly neutralise Sri Lanka's advantage of batting first

717dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Sri Lanka startled by Galle's turn and bounce

The way they batted, it seemed as if the hosts were confused by the bounce on the deck and lost a couple of wickets, then re-confused by the turn on it, and lost a few more

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Sangakkara voted as Sri Lanka's best

The results of our social media poll on Sri Lanka's greatest Test cricketer saw Kumar Sangakkara voted as #SriLankasBest. Here are some of the best comments we received

717dSharda Ugra

SL out of step with Ashwin's rhythm

India's bowlers, led by R Ashwin and the two seamers, eschewed flourish for intent, and created the results they were looking for on the opening day of the Test series


A second?


Number times India have lost a Test when chasing a target of 200 runs or less - against West Indies (1997)



Number of dot balls played by Shikhar Dhawan at the start of Day 4. He inside edged the 36th ball for four.

Box remains unchecked


Runs scored by Jehan Mubarak in this innings, his highest Test score. Mubarak is yet to score a fifty from 21 Test innings

Non-Bangladesh Hundred


Number of previous Test centuries for Dinesh Chandimal, all three against Bangladesh

An away Test win Looms


Number of times India have achieved an innings-victory in away Tests, with seven of wins coming post 2000

Lots of early wickets


Number of previous instances of Sri Lanka losing their first 3 wickets for 5 runs or less - against ENG (2001) and AUS (2012)

In front of the stumps


Number of Indian keepers to make a 50+ score in Sri Lanka - MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha

Only Two Modes


Number of previous instances of 9 or more Indian batsmen being dismissed either bowled or LBW in the same Test inns

United we fall


Number of India's top-5 batsmen who were dismissed LBW - Rahul, Rohit, Kohli and Rahane. This has only happened once before.

Size does matter


Number of Test scores between 100 and 120 for Virat Kohli. He has gone past 120 only thrice out of his 11 Test centuries

Enjoying the pressure


Number of captains who have scored 4 hundreds in their first 4 Tests as captain - Kohli, Cook and Gavaskar