India Won 1st Test Match Against Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle

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India won the first test match by beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle. By setting a target of 550, Sri Lanka crumbled for 245 with only Dimuth Karunaratne offering any resistance with a well-made 97.

Ravichandran Ashwin (3/65) ended his wait for a first wicket in the second innings by inducing an edge from Dickwella and then cleaned up a well-settled Karunaratne, who was nearing a deserved century, to bring India on the brink of wrapping the Test on the penultimate day. He added one more scalp to his name before Ravindra Jadeja (3/71) removed the last man Lahiru Kumara to end Sri Lanka’s ordeal.

Jadeja took both the wickets, he removed Mendis who feathered an edge to wicketkeeper and then Angelo Mathews (2), who played a loose shot to offer a leading edge.Earlier in the day cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4 from Galle Virat Kohli slammed his 17th century as India declared at 240/3.

Needing 550 runs to win, Sri Lanka were all out for 245 with two batsmen absent-hurt.The end was swift for Sri Lanka as India razed their lower order in the final session to register a massive 304-run win on Day 4 of the Galle Test and take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. India recorded their biggest away win, in terms of run-margin, while it’s Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat at home.

Sri Lanka would have hoped for taking the Test in to the final day after being 192/4 at tea-break with Dimuth Karunarantee and Niroshan Dickwella, each team dominated one-half of the first two sessions. India picked two wickets in the first half of both the sessions while Sri Lanka resisting in the latter.

In the morning only Sri Lanka lost two wickets quickly in quick succession. The pitch lacked venom was evident from the way Karunaratne stonewalled the Indian attack for the better part of the day.

The India captain Virat Kholi (103*) hit his 17th Test century – 10th as captain – with the visitors declaring at 240/3 and thus accumulating a huge 549-run lead. With Ajinkya Rahane (23*), Kohli added 51 runs in quick time for the 4th wicket. After opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97. Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury and did not bat in the second innings for Sri Lanka.

Burdened increased for Sri Lanka as they needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for for the Indian captain Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over.

Hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg, Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not last long either and was out for two. the duo made India wait and ensured the match went to the final session, as the with Mathews’ dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together. The pair added 101 for the fifth wicket before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin’s became the first victim of the innings. Ashwin, who took 3-65, also dismissed Nuwan Pradeep without scoring before Jadeja (3-71) wrapped things up when Lahiru Kumara skied an attempted slog to become the last man to fall for the hosts.

India this time came back strongly after lunch with two quick wickets from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, ranked number one in the world in the longest format.The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.

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