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1st Test, Galle, Jul 26 - 29 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
600 & 240/3d
(76.5 ov, target 550)291 & 245
India won by 304 runs
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Ashwin, Jadeja wrap up 304-run win

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each as India secured their biggest away win in terms of runs, an hour after tea on the fourth day

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
India600/10(133.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Nuwan Pradeep6/132(31)
Lahiru Kumara3/131(25.1)
Sri Lanka291/9(78.3 overs)1st INNINGS
India240/3(53 overs)2nd INNINGS
Sri Lanka245/8(76.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

4.30pm Shortly after raising his 17th Test hundred, Virat Kohli declared on the fourth morning, setting Sri Lanka an improbable 550. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav then found seam movement and broke through with the new ball. Dimuth Karunaratne, though, was tight in defence, and pounced on the bad balls. He led Sri Lanka's resistance with 97 but lacked enough support from the other end. Jadeja and Ashwin, who claimed three wickets each, took care of the middle and lower order. India could not have asked for a better start to the series. It was a near-perfect Test for them.

Sri Lanka have a lot to worry about: Asela's injury, his replacement, Herath's injury, Chandimal's fitness, Mathews inglorious hoick, which adds to his batting slump, the lack of bite from their bowlers, and of course the dropped catches. Where will they go after this 304-run shellacking inside four days?

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: I really enjoyed batting over here. I just watched the ball and backed my game. There is a very healthy competition from the opening spot in the side, and it keeps me on my toes.

Rangana Herath: The finger is getting better. There is nothing on the scan, and I am sure it will get better. It is a pretty good wicket, and the toss was not a factor. Credit to the India team, and we need improvement in all three departments. Asela's loss is huge.

Virat Kohli: We lost a Test we should have won in 2015 here. This time it was a clinical performance two years down the line. Really happy with the way things went in this Test. The surface did not offer much, and that's why the win is special. We have to work hard. It's an example of the skill they possess, and persistent pressure always pays. That's something we believe in. The opening competition is a happy headache. It felt nice that it came off nicely. Abhinav batted well and he deserved a hundred.

That's a wrap of this game. Watch out for features from Fernando and Monga. From Al Muthu, Deva Muthu, Shashank Kishore and Sanjay Murari, it's ta ra. Do come back for the second Test, starting August 3

Samraat: "Without a doubt turning point of match was on the very first day when Gunaratne dropped dhawan.Dhawan went on to smash quick fire 190 and gunaratne went to hospital and didn't came back"

Harry: "This is the biggest test losses for SL (by runs): 304 this Test * Previous one is 301 v Pak, PSS, 1994"

Akash Anand: "For all the talk about fightback from srilanka.. They were 64 runs short of India's first inning total. Need a lot of improvement to compete in the series "

Paranjaya Nepal: "I guess the man of the match shall go to Dhawan. Turned the game on its head with his blitzkrieg. "

Vikram: "Kuldeep should gate a game in place of Umesh in the next match if we get a similar wicket."

Ankur: "What a coincidence. Both SL and SA's innings finished together."

Rahul: "Some matches are done amd dusted on the day 1 itself. This was one such test thanks to Dhawan 's brilliance "

Samraat: "Who would have imagined dhawan scoring 190 and getting MOTM before the start of series. Destiny?" Yeah, --- He's destiny's child

76.5
W
Jadeja to Lahiru Kumara, OUT

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

Lahiru Kumara c Mohammed Shami b Jadeja 0 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
76.4
Jadeja to Lahiru Kumara, no run

flighted and outside off, Kumara capably presses forward and smothers it

76.3
Jadeja to Lahiru Kumara, no run

opens the face and angles the full ball from outside off to point

76.2
Jadeja to Lahiru Kumara, no run

darted short and outside off, back-foot defence to silly point

76.1
Jadeja to Lahiru Kumara, no run

full and straight on off, Kumara defends it back to the bowler

end of over 76Maiden
SL: 245/7CRR: 3.22 
Dilruwan Perera21 (50)
Lahiru Kumara0 (3)
Ravichandran Ashwin27-4-65-3
Ravindra Jadeja24-4-71-2
75.6
Ashwin to Perera, no run

short and bounces outside off, Ashwin skims past the outside edge again. He is toying with these tail-enders

75.5
Ashwin to Perera, no run

carrom ball, drifting down leg, the batsman does not pick the variation; beats Dilruwan's attempt to lap-sweep

75.4
Ashwin to Perera, no run

spins in from outside off, Dilruwan shuts it out with a solid block

75.3
Ashwin to Perera, no run

looped up on off, forward-defensive

75.2
Ashwin to Perera, no run

defended with the break to square leg

75.1
Ashwin to Perera, no run

fizzes past the outside edge. Skids on outside off, Dilruwan plays inside the line and is beaten

end of over 755 runs
SL: 245/7CRR: 3.26 
Lahiru Kumara0 (3)
Dilruwan Perera21 (44)
Ravindra Jadeja24-4-71-2
Ravichandran Ashwin26-3-65-3
74.6
Jadeja to Lahiru Kumara, no run

shorter on the stumps, defended on the back foot

74.5
1
Jadeja to Perera, 1 run

flatter and slides in, squirted to square leg off the inside edge

74.4
Jadeja to Perera, no run

full on middle and leg, nudged to midwicket

74.3
Jadeja to Perera, no run

Dilruwan shimmies out but offers no shot, realising he is nowhere close to the pitch. But this would have turned past off stump. The tracker shows it would have just bounced over the fourth stump

74.2
4
Jadeja to Perera, FOUR runs

tossed up outside off, Dilruwan shuffles across and paddles it fine on the leg side. There's no protection in the deep

74.1
Jadeja to Perera, no run

flighted and outside off, blocked to the off side

end of over 74Wicket maiden
SL: 240/7CRR: 3.24 
Lahiru Kumara0 (2)
Dilruwan Perera16 (39)
Ravichandran Ashwin26-3-65-3
Ravindra Jadeja23-4-66-2
73.6
Ashwin to Lahiru Kumara, no run

tossed up on off, kept out

73.5
Ashwin to Lahiru Kumara, no run

carrom ball from around the wicket, defended

Herath might not bat. Here is Kumara

73.4
W
Ashwin to Pradeep, OUT

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

Nuwan Pradeep c Kohli b Ashwin 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Best performances - batters
Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan INDIA
190 runs (168)
31 fours
0 six
Control95%
Productive shot
cut shot
35 runs
7 fours
0 six
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Pujara player portrait
CA Pujara INDIA
153 runs (265)
13 fours
0 six
Control99%
Productive shot
flick
65 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Nuwan Pradeep portrait
N Pradeep SL
O
31
M
2
R
132
W
6
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin INDIA
O
27
M
4
R
65
W
3
ECO
2.4
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan
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)
Test debut
Danushka Gunathilaka
Danushka Gunathilaka
Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
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Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
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Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
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Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
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Richie Richardson