The Indian team were all over the hosts Sri Lanka to beat them in the 1st test match at Galle International Stadium today.
Team India registered their 2nd win at the Galle International Stadium. They beat Sri Lanka by massive 304 runs and take the lead of 1-0 in the 3 match test series.
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first in this test match.
Kohli decsion didn’t look good when Abhinav Mukund was the first one to go rather cheaply.
In the first innings Mukund could score only 12 runs. However, the partnership of comeback man Shikhar Dhawan and most dependable number 3 batsman Chesteshwar Pujara stole the show for the Indian team.
In the first day Dhawan and Pujara’s marathon partnership helped India to recover from the early loss of Abhinav Mukund.
The Sri Lankan team were left to chasing after boundary balls, and could only one wicket on that day.
The first day of the test match was completely dominated by Shikhar Dhawan and Chesteshwar Pujara.
Dhawan was simply magnificent on his comeback test tour. He wasn’t in the 15 member squad of the Indian team but injury to Murali Vijay gave him an opportunity to make a mark and Dhawan used this opportunity to score a marvelous 190 from 168 balls.
Dhawan went passed his highest of 187 which he scored in his debut game against Australia at Mohali in 2013. His knock of 190 runs in this test match is his highest score in his test match career.
One can’t forget Pujara who was at the other end with Dhawan. He is the most dependable batsman at number 3 after Rahul Dravid’s retirement. Pujara can be called as the next ‘Wall’ and with his classy innings of 153 of 265 balls, he proved that he is a rock solid player just like Dravid.
India was in full control of the test on day 1 of the first test, thanks to brilliant tons from Dhawan and Pujara that saw India posting their highest total in a day.
At the end of the day, India scored a mammoth 399 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket.
It was disappointing to see Dhawan fail to reach his maiden Double hundred in test match on the second day. Never the less it was a great innings from Shikhar Dhawan. He also became the 2nd highest scorer in the session. He scored 126 in a single session on day 1.
After Dhawan’s fall, skipper Kohli couldn’t manage to score big with Pujara. Kohli got out for just 3 runs.
The Lankans somehow managed to crawl their way back into the match by picking Dhawan first and the wicket of Kohli in the span of 2 overs. It was finally some joy in the Lankan camp after pretty much a one sided affair.
This joy stayed for a very little short time for the Lankans; even with those 2 wickets. Nothing affected Pujara at the other end. He was going on as he always does.
After sharing a marathon stand of 253 with Shikhar Dhawan, Pujara built another stand with Ajinkya Rahane.
The middle order pillars got in action after Kohli’s wicket. Rahane and Pujara added 137 for the 4th wicket.
Pujara smashed his 3rd score of 150 in tests. India was look good until Pujara and Rahane kept them going.
Unfortunately for India Pujara lost his wicket after reaching 153. Pujara played a good hand in this 1st innings.
After the dismissal of Pujara, India’s most trusted all rounder in test matches played a good innings with the bat. Ravichandran Ashwin’s 47 run knock was valuable in the context of the game.
Ashwin’s 47 and debutant Hardik Pandya’s maiden 50 allowed India to post 600 in the first innings.
Ajinkya Rahane’s contribution also was important in the 1st innings for India. Rahane played a fluent knock scoring 57 runs.
For Sri Lanka it was not a good bowling effort, skipper Rangana Herath didn’t repeat the magic of 2015 Galle test and he was too expensive in the 1st innings. Only Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. Pradeep did a wonderful job by picking up wickets when his other team mates failed. Pradeep registered his maiden 5 wicket haul in test. He ended up with 6 wickets for 132 in his 31 overs.
Sri Lanka’s batting woes continued in this test match too. After a weak display with ball, 600 runs just proved too tall task for them to really take on.
Indian bowlers were all over them in their 1st innings. For Sri Lanka Upul Tharanga’s 64, former skipper Angelo Matthews’s 83 and Dilruwan Perera’s 92 not out was the only highlight of their innings.
After a excellent batting display, the Indian bowlers weren’t too far behind.
Mohd Shami picked up 2 wickets in his comeback match and number 1 bowler Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers. Jaddu picked up 3 wickets and his partners Ashwin and Umesh Yadav picked 1 wicket each. Debutant Hardik Pandya also got his maiden test wicket in the 1st innings.
It was a collective effort from Team India, that allowed them to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 291 runs.
Despite of gaining 309 run lead, Virat Kohli didn’t enforce the follow on.
India batted again in the 2nd innings and again they batted well. The heroes of the 1st innings Dhawan and Pujara didn’t trouble the Sri Lankan bowlers this time around.
Dhawan and Pujara fell early, Dhawan was the first one to go for 14 and Pujara followed him in the pavilion with 15.
The men who failed in the 1st innings took the responsibility. It was an innings of character for Abhinav Mukund. His classy knock of 81 runs allowed India to stretch the lead.
On the other hand Virat Kohli was also going strong; he scored his 1st fifty after 7 test innings.
Kohli scored his 17 test century and 10th hundred as an Indian skipper. He is just 1 century behind the great Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 11 hundreds as a captain.
Kohli also took fewest innings to reach 1000 runs outside home. He broke the record of Little Master Sachin Tendulkar.
After Kohli’s knock 103 not out, India declared their 2nd innings at 240 for the loss of 3 wickets.
Again it was a sorry batting display for the hosts in the 2nd innings. This time Ashwin and Jadeja who wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings for just 245.
For Sri Lanka only Dimuth Karunaratne’s 97, Niroshan Dickwella’s 67 and Kusal Mendis’s 36 were the top scorers for the hosts in this second innings.
In the end it was a convincing victory for India. Team India won the match by massive 304 run margin. This win is the biggest in terms of runs away from home and a biggest loss for Sri lanka at home.
Man of the Match was awarded to Shikhar Dhawan for his splendid innings of 190 runs.
Next Match – 2nd test is played on the 03rd August 2017 to 07th August 2017 at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.