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1st Test, Galle, July 26 - 29, 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
600 & 240/3d
(T:550) 291 & 245

India won by 304 runs

Player Of The Match
India 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
India 2nd Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Match Flow
India 1st Innings 
c Mathews b Pradeep190168235310113.09
c †Dickwella b Pradeep1226372046.15
c †Dickwella b Pradeep15326538113057.73
c †Dickwella b Pradeep38150037.50
c Karunaratne b Kumara571301833043.84
c †Dickwella b Pradeep4760817078.33
c Perera b Herath1632593050.00
c sub (DM de Silva) b Kumara50498853102.04
b Pradeep1524252062.50
c Tharanga b Kumara30303803100.00
not out 11101711110.00
Extras(b 2, lb 5, nb 3, w 6)16
TOTAL133.1 Ov (RR: 4.50, 584 Mins)600
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Abhinav Mukund, 7.3 ov), 2-280 (Shikhar Dhawan, 54.1 ov), 3-286 (Virat Kohli, 56.4 ov), 4-423 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 97.4 ov), 5-432 (Ajinkya Rahane, 101.1 ov), 6-491 (Wriddhiman Saha, 114.1 ov), 7-495 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 115.1 ov), 8-517 (Ravindra Jadeja, 121.2 ov), 9-579 (Mohammed Shami, 129.5 ov), 10-600 (Hardik Pandya, 133.1 ov)
7.3 to A Mukund, 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
54.1 to S Dhawan, 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
56.4 to V Kohli, 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
97.4 to CA Pujara, 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
115.1 to R Ashwin, 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
121.2 to RA Jadeja, 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
101.1 to AM Rahane, 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
129.5 to Mohammed Shami, 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
133.1 to HH Pandya, 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
114.1 to WP Saha, 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
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
lbw b Yadav2990022.22
run out (†Saha/Mukund)649313410068.81
c Dhawan b Mohammed Shami1637502043.24
c Dhawan b Mohammed Shami043000.00
c Kohli b Jadeja8313015911163.84
c Mukund b Ashwin815181053.33
not out 9213214410469.69
c Rahane b Jadeja913301069.23
b Pandya1026261038.46
b Jadeja212150016.66
absent hurt------
Extras(lb 4, w 1)5
TOTAL78.3 Ov (RR: 3.70, 258 Mins)291
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 1.5 ov), 2-68 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 14.2 ov), 3-68 (Kusal Mendis, 14.6 ov), 4-125 (Upul Tharanga, 33.6 ov), 5-143 (Niroshan Dickwella, 39.2 ov), 6-205 (Angelo Mathews, 58.5 ov), 7-241 (Rangana Herath, 66.2 ov), 8-280 (Nuwan Pradeep, 73.5 ov), 9-291 (Lahiru Kumara, 78.3 ov)
14.2 to MD Gunathilaka, 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 to BKG Mendis, 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
1.5 to FDM Karunaratne, 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
39.2 to N Dickwella, 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
58.5 to AD Mathews, 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
66.2 to HMRKB Herath, 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
78.3 to CBRLS Kumara, 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. 291/9
73.5 to N Pradeep, 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
India 2nd Innings 
c Gunathilaka b Perera14141430100.00
lbw b Gunathilaka811162008069.82
c Mendis b Kumara1535552042.85
not out 1031361585175.73
not out 23182820127.77
Extras(lb 1, nb 1, w 2)4
TOTAL53 Ov (RR: 4.52, 228 Mins)240/3d
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Shikhar Dhawan, 3.6 ov), 2-56 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 16.5 ov), 3-189 (Abhinav Mukund, 46.3 ov)
3.6 to S Dhawan, 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
16.5 to CA Pujara, 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
46.3 to A Mukund, 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
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (T: 550 runs)
b Ashwin972082869046.63
b Mohammed Shami10101420100.00
c Pujara b Yadav28130025.00
c †Saha b Jadeja3671923050.70
c Pandya b Jadeja210110020.00
c †Saha b Ashwin679411510071.27
not out 2150513042.00
c Kohli b Ashwin024000.00
c Mohammed Shami b Jadeja089000.00
absent hurt------
absent hurt------
Extras(lb 3, w 7)10
TOTAL76.5 Ov (RR: 3.18)245
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Upul Tharanga, 2.5 ov), 2-29 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 5.4 ov), 3-108 (Kusal Mendis, 30.5 ov), 4-116 (Angelo Mathews, 34.3 ov), 5-217 (Niroshan Dickwella, 61.5 ov), 6-240 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 73.2 ov), 7-240 (Nuwan Pradeep, 73.4 ov), 8-245 (Lahiru Kumara, 76.5 ov)
2.5 to WU Tharanga, 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 to MD Gunathilaka, 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 to BKG Mendis, 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 to AD Mathews, 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
76.5 to CBRLS Kumara, 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. 245/8
61.5 to N Dickwella, 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
73.2 to FDM Karunaratne, 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
73.4 to N Pradeep, 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
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Wed, 26 Jul - day 1 - India 1st innings 399/3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 144*, Ajinkya Rahane 39*, 90 ov)
Thu, 27 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 154/5 (Angelo Mathews 54*, Dilruwan Perera 6*, 44 ov)
Fri, 28 Jul - day 3 - India 2nd innings 189/3 (Virat Kohli 76*, 46.3 ov)
Sat, 29 Jul - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 245 (76.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • India: 200 runs in 48.3 overs (291 balls), Extras 3
  • V Kohli: 100 off 133 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 39 balls (V Kohli 26, AM Rahane 23, Ex 1)
  • Innings Break: India - 240/3 in 53.0 overs (V Kohli 103, AM Rahane 23)
  • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 47/2 in 9.0 overs (FDM Karunaratne 23, BKG Mendis 7)
  • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 9.6 overs (60 balls), Extras 5
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 90 balls (FDM Karunaratne 28, BKG Mendis 22, Ex 0)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 85/2 in 23.0 overs (FDM Karunaratne 44, BKG Mendis 24)
  • FDM Karunaratne: 50 off 81 balls (6 x 4)
  • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 26.2 overs (158 balls), Extras 7
  • Over 27.1: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batsman - BKG Mendis (Struck down)
  • Over 30.5: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - BKG Mendis (Upheld)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 142/4 in 43.0 overs (FDM Karunaratne 68, N Dickwella 17)
  • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 44.2 overs (266 balls), Extras 7
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 85 balls (FDM Karunaratne 17, N Dickwella 34, Ex 2)
  • Tea: Sri Lanka - 192/4 in 57.0 overs (FDM Karunaratne 85, N Dickwella 48)
  • N Dickwella: 50 off 82 balls (7 x 4)
  • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 58.5 overs (353 balls), Extras 9
  • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 158 balls (FDM Karunaratne 31, N Dickwella 67, Ex 2)
  • Over 72.1: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - MDK Perera (Struck down)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 240/6 in 73.2 overs (MDK Perera 16)
Galle International Stadium
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultIndia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2265
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days26,27,28.29 July 2017 - day (5-day match)
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