You can slice my skin and check I bleed, says India skipper Virat Kohli

The Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday that whenever he’ll feel he needs rest, he will ask for it. There were reports going that the India skipper has asked for rest after the second Test against Sri Lanka and for the following One-Day International (ODI) series. The Chief National Selector M.S.K Prasad, however, rebutted all the reports later saying that Kohli had made himself available for selection of all three test matches and the selectors would look at resting the Indian captain only after that.

Kohil told reporters on the eve of India’s first Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens on Thursday that “Definitely I do need rest, why don’t I need rest? When I think of the time my body should be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can slice my skin and check I bleed”. When questioned about managing the workload with all-rounder Hardhik Pandhya being rested for first two Tests, Kohli said players who give that much extra on the crease need rest and the situation is sometimes not known by all.

“This is one thing which I don’t think people explain properly. There is a lot of talk from the outside in terms of workload — whether a player should be rested or should not be rested. All cricketers play 40 games in a year. Three guys who should get rest, their workloads are to be managed. 11 players play the game but not everyone would have batted 45 overs in an ODI game or not everyone would have bowled 30 overs in a Test match,” Kohli stressed. He added that “But the ones who are doing it regularly need to be assessed because the body takes that much time to recover. People only look at ‘oh everyone has played 40 games’. They don’t look at time spent on the crease”.

“The number of runs that have been run between the wicket, the number of overs bowled in difficult conditions, what were the conditions, what were the temperatures like, have the bodies recovered or not — I don’t think people go into that analysis. So from the outside it looks like ‘why are people asking for rest, everyone has played same number of games. But not everyone has the same kind of workload in every game. Only those who have major workload, for example Pujara during a Test season he will have maximum workload because he spends so much time at the crease. His game is built that way. So you can’t compare that to a counter-attacking batsman, because the workload would have been lesser,” he elaborated.

The Indian cricket captain said that the balance needs to be preserved in which players need rest and which do not, and that’s the way to manage workload. “That is where the balance needs to be maintained going forward. If you have too much cricket going on, with guys who play all three formats, it’s humanly impossible to maintain the same level of performance, what you do earlier in the season. Those details are very important while managing workload, Kohli added.

MS Dhoni should retire from T20I, feel ex-cricketers VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar

After India’s defeat against New Zealand in the 2nd T20I in Rajkot on Saturday, former veterans VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar criticized MS Dhoni’s below-par performance and suggested that it’s time India should look for other options. MS Dhoni joined Kohli when India was at 67/1 in 9.1 overs at the crease and it looked that team India was on the safe side. But the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman failed to get his form, which put further pressure on the Indian captain Virat Kohli.

In a post-match interview, Laxman said, “In T20s, MS Dhoni’s role is at No 4. He requires more time to get his eye in and then do the job. But today [Saturday] was a classical example because when Virat Kohli was batting, Dhoni had to give the strike to Kohli. Kohli’s strike rate was 160, MS Dhoni’s strike rate was 80. That’s not good enough when India was chasing a mammoth total.” The veteran cricketer added that “I still feel it’s time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format. It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket.”

The former seamer Agarkar also expressed his opinion in an interview with ESPNcricinfo that “If he (Dhoni) started to hit the ball from the word go, then India were in with a chance. But that has been his problem for a while now and not just in this match. Over the last few games, we have seen that he takes a little bit of time but in T20 cricket, there is hardly any time. I heard people say that he should bat at a different number, but he came into bat in the 10th over in this match. How many time you get to bat 10 overs in T20 cricket and in my opinion, there was enough time”.

“I think India must now look at other options, at least in T20Is. In one-day cricket, they seem to be happy with the role that he is playing. When you were the captain of the side, it was different. But just as a batsman, will India miss him, I don’t think so. In T20 cricket, it is a lot easier to make that transition as there is a lot of experience in that team apart from MS Dhoni now,” Agarkar added. The series is now tied at 1-1, and the final match of the series in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday will decide the champion of the T20I series.

Ashish Nehra will be Playing his Farewell match on November 1 against New Zealand

38-year, old Ashish Diwansingh Nehra has by now made up his mind that he doesn’t wish to continue playing anymore and the Kotla match will be his last match, the final competitive match against New Zealand on November 1.

He has been a very eventful career playing for India and his stateside Delhi in domestic cricket. Nehra, who went through phases of highs and lows in his career, But he still he has a good record in all his matches.

He has only one regret as he signs off, Nehra told “Trust me; I have had an eventful 20 years. I am not a very emotional person. The next 20 years is what I am looking forward to. With any luck, it will be as exciting as it has been since I started playing for Delhi in 1997,” during a free-wheeling chat at his academy in Noida.

“It’s been a great journey. Maybe only one regret if I could change anything in these 20 years, that afternoon in Johannesburg during the 2003 World Cup final (where India lost to Australia). But it’s all about destiny and nothing else,” he said with his customary disinterest.

Ashish Nehra

The wiry Delhi pacer made his international debut against Sri Lanka in a Test match in 1999 and then made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2001.

Nehra has his own style of bowling crease, he has a lovely side on action, with a fine wrist position which enables the ball to land on the seam and do a wicked thing.

Nehra had a fine 2003 World Cup in South Africa as he used the hard and seaming wickets to good use. Bowling under lights at Durban against England, taking 6/23 – which still is his best ever ODI figures. In that same tournament, he also had the distinction of bowling a 149.7 km/h ball – which at that time was the fastest an Indian bowler had bowled. Nehra was pushed down the pecking order as India went to Pakistan in 2004 when newcomers like Pathan and Balaji were doing well in their matches.

After pulling out midway from the tour of Zimbabwe in 2005, he had operations on his ankle and back which ensured that he was out of cricket for a long while.

After his recovery from the injury, he was signed up by the Mumbai Indians to play in the inaugural IPL season. And he performed well in the first season and moved to the Delhi Daredevils – his home state – to play in the 2nd edition. That proved to be a wise decision as he produced a brilliant display to end up being the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the IPL with 19 wickets from 13 games.

Nehra played as a spearhead in ODI cricket and was a regular member of the Indian side from June 2009. He was quite consistent until the 2011 World Cup.

He was there in the three matches, which also includes the semifinal against Pakistan in which he injured his finger and unfortunately, has never made it to India’s playing XI since then.

After recovering from his injury, he represented the Pune Warriors in the IPL before moving to Delhi Daredevils in 2013.

Nehra was auctioned 2 crores in 2014 and was bought by Chennai Super Kings, the selectors recalled him for the T20Is against Australia in January 2016. He continued to be part of the Indian team in the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup at home.
Nehra, started his cricket journey with the Indian team in 1999, in his 18-year-long career he has played:

  • 17 Tests
  • 120 ODIs
  • 26 Twenty20 matches

When questioned…. Will he become the bowling coach of the Indian team if offered the role?

He replied that “There are no such plans as of now. Of course, I will do a bit of coaching and commentary but if you are talking about Indian team, no such thoughts till 2019 World Cup. After that, let’s see what happens.”

People mainly remember him for his match against England in Durban, he scored 6/23, where he hardly put a foot wrong. But can just one night’s performance describe him?

“Sports is nothing but moments. People remember that night. I would like them to remember me as an honest Player. Ek aisa shaqs jisne seekh ke khela nahin par khelke ke seekha (a person, who didn’t learn and play but played and learnt),” he replied.

MSK Prasad who is the Chief selector of team India stated that the selection in the eleven is the sole right of the team management. “Whether he (Nehra) is going to play or not, is clearly the decision of the team management. There are no assurances from our side (selectors), whether he is going to play or not. It will surely be decided by the team management.”

Ashish Nehra was also famously called “one of the best bowlers that the Indian team has ever seen”, by Ravi Shastri. M.S Dhoni also suggested Nehra’s name as the future bowling coach for India considering his massive experience, his ability to easily swing the ball both ways and his bowling under pressure.

On October 12, 2017, Nehra announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand which is set to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.

A good comeback for team India: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling led New Zealand to a small total

A small target of 231 runs by New Zealand helped India in enjoying an easy win. This win helped team Indian in equaling the 3-ODI match series with one each. The pressure is now same on both the teams and it would be amazing to see who’ll perform better in the final ODI match, which will decide who’ll win the series.

Virat’s praise for Indian pace bowlers

The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli praised the pace amalgamation of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for their amazing performance in the yesterday’s match. “Bowlers were really clinical today and fielders as well. Both those guys (Kumar and Bumrah) are coming along nicely. They know they are going to start more often than not. Today, with the wicket being slow, it was heartening to see them getting wickets in conventional ways,” said the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli post the match.

The 28-year-old cricketer said that “Dhawan has been playing really well. He’s striking the ball really well. He’s pretty confident at the moment. Dinesh as well, getting some crucial runs for himself as well as the team”. Commenting on the series decider match (Kanpur – this Sunday), Kohli said that “I look forward to challenges. We spoke about bouncing back before this game, and we have bounced back here today. Would look to play similar sort of cricket in Kanpur as well”.

The Bhuvneshwar-Bumrah combo sets the match for India

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s three-wicket haul and Jasprit Bumrah’s two-wicket haul helped team India in restricting New Zealand to a small total. The New Zealand team captain Kane Williamson said that his team didn’t make enough runs. “It was one of those surfaces that if you could get a score on the board, and then squeeze, then you can make life difficult, but 230 wasn’t enough. We weren’t good enough at the top,” the 27-year-old cricketer said. Praising the ace bowling by Indian pace bowlers, Williamson said that “Credit to India with the way they bowled. Their opening spell put us under a lot of pressure. However, a lot of positives from our middle order to take us to that total. Need to play a lot better to beat these guys”.

Tendulkar believes Virat Kohli’s aggression has become India's Strength

Virat Kohli is a role model for the youth, he is an inspiration and a role model for the youth today. With the passage of time, we have seen him grow, his consistency and his leadership abilities. Other than his all plus points, Virat Kohli is also known for his aggression, and according to Sachin Tendulkar believes it has helped the current Indian cricket team.
Sachin Tendulkar Indian batting legend believes that skipper Virat Kohli’s aggressive attitude and consistent performances have changed the players in the Indian dressing room for good. A positivity, a transformation or a dedication for playing well.
“Virat Kohli hasn’t changed much since he got into the team, but people around him have changed. And only because of his performances and consistency his attitude has changed.”

Tendulkar speaking an event in the city said that “Virat have a spark, I noticed that spark and aggression in him, something which many guys were not fond of to be very honest. And there were many guys who were criticizing him for that. And today that has become the strength of the Indian team,”  Despite all his anger, he is still very fascinating what one can discover when there is a blend of knowledge and sensibilities of a third man’s perspective about the emergent idol.

On Sunday, Kohli notched up his 31st hundred in his 200th ODI against New Zealand, albeit in a losing cause. It is something which is reflected in the team’s dominant performances, according to Tendulkar.

Tendulkar further added that “I think it is extremely crucial for a player to have that freedom to express himself in the middle. And to the very peak, some of these guys need to be given the freedom as long as they don’t cross the line because it brings the best out of them. ” So as per him, a player must be allowed some freedom to express himself on the pitch in order to bring out his best.

Expressing his satisfaction Tendulkar said, “I feel that today we have got great balance in the team, with a lot of spinners and seamers that can bat.”  Tendulkar went further saying that Bhuneshwar Kumar’s performance against New Zealand on Sunday is an example for others, as it was a very good hit.

Tendulkar also talked about Bhuneshwar Kumar “Bhuneshwar (Kumar) also played well yesterday. People like him and Hardik Pandya are going to change the balance of the team when we start traveling, I just felt that we were occasionally missing that guy earlier; someone who could come and give some rest to the main bowlers,” he added.

Tendulkar said “The present Indian team is a lot more balanced as a unit.”

On Monday, during the launch of “Democracy’s XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story” penned by journalist Rajdeep Sardesai at the Royal Opera House here on MondayTendulkar and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar were interacting with Harsha Bhogle. Gavaskar, meanwhile, recalled memories of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and heaped praise on former India captain Kapil Dev and Ajit Wadekar for their leadership abilities.

Historic 3-0 Series Win, India Crush SriLanka by an Innings: India vs Sri Lanka

The test match got over today, Indian champions again beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs inside three days in the third and final Test to complete a 3-0 whitewash. In their second innings after being made to follow on Dinesh Chandimal’s men were all out for 181. Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets while Mohammed Shami finished with the figures of 3/32. On Sunday, the hosts were bundled out for 135 after India posted 487 in their first innings. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3 at Pallekele. The 3-0 loss is Sri Lanka’s second whitewash at home and sixth overall.

The captain said “A good day, a good win. Always nice to have a convincing win. I would say the regulars have performed, the biggest positive was Hardik’s inclusions – he gives us a boost in the middle order. We are a young side, looking forward to all Tests, that’s the only way you can be ruthless. We like to be proactive instead of reactive.”

Virat Kohli is the second Indian captain to lead the country to two clean sweep series wins after Mohammed Azharuddin, who did the same against England in 1992-93 and Sri Lanka in 1993-94.

“You can’t control the toss, a tough series as a team. India played some good cricket. Our batting and bowling was below-par through the series. We had to be more patient and concentrate more.” said Dinesh Chandimal

Shikhar Dhawan becoming the Man of the Series said that “Before the series, I was in Hong Kong enjoying my holiday. Things went very well for me. I got backup from my management, enjoy playing this way, it’s my natural game. I’ve to keep doing it, nothing permanent, we have tight competition for all positions.”

Hardik Pandya becoming the Man of the Match, showed his emotion saying that “I was glad that I got my first hundred here, situation pretty good for me. I was always going to have a target in mind. Test cricket is not easy to get five-fors, takes plenty of hardwork. I’m alright with where the team needs me to bat.”

“Played a wrong shot, played on instinct (first-innings dismissal). When a guy isn’t doing well, he (batting coach Sanjay Bangar) takes you out for dinner and gives you positive vibes.” said Ajinkya Rahane

“There were expectations form family and friends the feeling after winning is strange, happy that the match went through nicely. I think Kookaburra ball is more helpful for my style of bowling, the ball tends to spin a lot more when compared to the SG ball. Looking forward to the ODI series.” said Kuldeep Yadav

And the match updates are as following:

14:48 hrs IST: WICKET! And that’s it. India thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs to register their eighth consecutive series win.

14:36 hrs IST: Tea has been extended by 30 minutes.

14:27 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav joins the party, gets Dickwella. Second wicket for him. Sri Lanka 168/9

14:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami strikes again, gets rid of Sandakan. India two good balls away now.

14:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Umesh, outside off, Dickwella makes room and hits it hard over point. Sri Lanka 162/7

14:06 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 152/7; Dickwella 30*, Sandakan 4*

13:59 hrs IST: Pallekele woke up to overcast conditions and as most pace bowlers do, Mohammed Shami just loved it. In a good rhythm throughout the match, Shami bowled a fiery spell. Ashwin and Kuldeep have continued the good work and struck when it mattered the most.

13:52 hrs IST: Another fifer on the cards for Ashwin. His superb run in Test cricket continues.

13:45 hrs IST: WICKET! Perera c Pandya b Ashwin 8(23). Sri Lanka 138/7

13:41 hrs IST: Time for drinks. Sri Lanka 137/6; Dickwella 19*, Perera 8*

13:37 hrs IST: India is yet to lose a Test series under Virat Kohli’s captaincy – a record that is set to remain intact after the end of this match.

13:30 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Kuldeep, Dickwella makes room and times it well through the cover point region.

13:26 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 121/6; Dickwella 9*, Perera 2*

13:18 hrs IST: OUT! Just the man India wanted. Mathews departs. Second wicket of the innings for Ashwin. India very much close now.

13:08 hrs IST: Niroshan Dickwella is in at No. 7.

13:05 hrs IST: WICKET! And Kuldeep has struck. Dinesh Chandimal’s patient 36-run knock come to an end. India just five good balls away.

13:00 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss from Kuldeep, Mathews steps out and clobbers it straight over the bowler’s head.

12:56 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Ashwin, Chandimal comes down the track and lifts it over mid-off. Moves to 35

12:51 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty partnership between Chandimal – Mathews. The duo need to make this count.

12:44 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 84/4; Chandimal 28*, Mathews 17*

12:40 hrs IST: Welcome back!

12:16 hrs IST: Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian’s brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham United.

12:03 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. Another good session for India. We’ll back in a few minutes time.

11:55 hrs IST: If Ashwin is selected for Australia ODIs (in September), he might play only two games in England. If not, he could go on till the end of the season.

11:48 hrs IST: David Warner averages an ordinary 36.61 away from home, and Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann

11:45 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 75/4; Chandimal 20*, Mathews 16*

11:37 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack for the first time today.

11:35 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 73/4; Chandimal 19*, Mathews 15*

11:31 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma is the other Indian player who’ll play County cricket this season. He’ll go on to represent Warwickshire.

11:28 hrs IST: BREAKING NEWS - Ravichandran Ashwin’s County stint confirmed. He could be available for Worcestershire’s game against Gloucestershire, starting August 28.

11:24 hrs IST: Ashwin again, but this time from around the wicket

11:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish length from Umesh, Chandimal uses the pace of the ball and times it well in the gap between cover and mid-off.

11:18 hrs IST: Sizzling spell from Ashwin. Time for Kohli to bring in Kuldeep. Sri Lanka 66/4

11:14 hrs IST: The most surprising thing is that Sri Lanka have struggled in their home conditions, which is very rare nowadays. Maybe it’s time to take some tough decisions.

11:08 hrs IST: Solid over from Umesh. Matter of time before he strikes again. Sri Lanka 59/4

11:02 hrs IST: Time for drinks. Another splendid display from India. No fight from Sri Lanka at all.

10:59 hrs IST: Good start from Umesh. Just three runs off the over. Sri Lanka 55/4

10:54 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav replaces Shami. So Kuldeep’s wait continues.

10:51 hrs IST: Superb bowling by India. Such consistency wasn’t there a few years back.

10:45 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews now

10:42 hrs IST: WICKET! This is a big one. Shami being rewarded for his consistency. Mendis goes for 12(21). Sri Lanka 39/4

10:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Rare loose delivery from Shami, Chandimal takes it all

10:35 hrs IST: Here’s India’s full squad for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. Lots of fresh faces.

10:31 hrs IST: the next batsman is Dinesh Chandimal

10:30 hrs IST: WICKET! And the same thing was predicted a few minutes back. Shami strikes. Pushpakumara departs for 1(32). Sri Lanka 34/3

10:24 hrs IST: Shami fantastic move.

10:19 hrs IST: FOUR by Ashwin

10:17 hrs IST: Pushpakumara to free his arms, Sri Lanka 26/2

10:12 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis is the next man in

10:10 hrs IST: OUT! Extra bounce does the trick for Ashwin. Karunaratne tries to push it to Rahane at first slip.

10:08 hrs IST: Shami get bit  assistance where as Karunaratne holds the key here.

10:04 hrs IST: attack by Mohammed Shami

10:03 hrs IST: Still a decent over from Kuldeep. Finishes with a wrong one. Sri Lanka 23/1

10:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Kuldeep, on Karunaratne’s pads, and he punishes it past the fielder at mid-on for the first boundary of the day.

10:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Karunaratne to take strike. Proceedings started by Kuldeep for India.

09:54 hrs IST: This is what former Sri Lanka skipper has to say about his team’s dismal show against Virat Kohli’s men.

09:45 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya credited the visitors to 487.

09:35 hrs IST: It’s nothing much to worry about a bit overcast in Pallekele.

09:20 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s bowling on the first day they fail to maintain the intensity when Hardik Pandya was there, smashing his maiden Test hundred, It was a day when the Indian all-rounder could do no wrong, (108 off 96 balls).

08:55 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK – with half of those victories coming by an innings margin, including the last match (of the ongoing series). India have won 18 of their previous 40 Tests against Sri Lanka (D15, L7) –

08:35 hrs IST: Sri Lanka struggling (to this extent) was never expected!

08:20 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to HT’s live coverage of Day 3 of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

Claiming four wickets, the ball was done well by Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav where as two wickets were picked up by Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin.  India to 487 was powered by Hardik Pandya with his maiden Test century after which the hosts were bowled out for 135. In second innings, Sri Lanka, are batting on 19/1, still trailing India by 333 runs.

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

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.