Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Broken thumb rules Gunaratne out of entire India series

Broken thumb rules Gunaratne out of entire India series

In the second innings of Galle test, India scored 240/3 till they declared taking a lead of 549 runs on day 4 of the match.

Set a target of 550, Sri Lanka crumbled for 245 with only Dimuth Karunaratne offering any resistance with a well-made 97. Abhinav Mukund scored 81.

Kohli, in his last Test series against Australia, had an indifferent run but was back in his element in the first Test against Sri Lanka, scoring his 17th Test hundred in only his 58th match.

Otherwise, India didn't have to work too hard for wickets on a firmer-than-usual Galle pitch that offered consistent bounce and only occasionally sharp turn, after setting Sri Lanka the task of surviving the best part of two full days or chasing an improbable 550.

Just as the schools in the neighbourhood closed for the day and the jaunty students stepped onto the roads, a merry evening was in the making for India. "But for us as batsmen or anyone playing in the eleven, it's about what the team wants in that particular situation", said Kohli at the post match press conference after India thrashed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test here.

The pair added 101 for the fifth wicket before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin's first victim of the innings.

The 28-year-old Kohli, who on Saturday fired a 136-ball unbeaten 103 to bring up his 17th Test ton and surpass former India skipper Sourav Ganguly's haul of 16 Test hundreds, expressed his relief at the team starting the tour with a "clinical" win.

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India have stretched their lead to 498 and when they come to bat on Day Four, they will definitely look to set a target in excess of 600 and put the hosts under huge pressure.

Having received his Test cap from captain Virat Kohli on the eve of the first Test, Hardik Pandya would have been an elated man. India's resounding victory over Sri Lanka, and the Kohli's praise for the youngster that followed, would surely inspire Pandya to scale greater heights. When I have some time in between Tests, and if I'm not a part of the IPL, I prefer to go and play some county cricket.

Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.

"At that point, we had a few plans for Shikhar Dhawan, but we failed to execute them", Herath said.

The Indian bowlers came to the party and ran through the innings.

"I think it was after a long time a fast bowler has taken a five-wicket haul in Galle", Herath said.

Hence, Twitter hailed team India for winning the first Test and trolled Sri Lankan team for their poor performance both in batting and bowling. They will next play the hosts in the second Test, starting August 3 in Colombo.

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