India complete mauling in Galle

29 July 2017

Spin pair Jadeja and Ashwin take three apiece as Karunaratne's fighting 97 goes in vein

Sri Lanka v India Tests, First Test


India bowled out Sri Lanka for 245 to complete a comprehensive 304-run victory on day four of the first Test in Galle. Sri Lanka reached 2-85 at lunch on Saturday after India captain Virat Kohli set them a daunting target of 550 to win the first Test in Galle.

Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 103 and declared his side's second innings at 3-240 early in proceedings, to leave the home side needing a mammoth 550 to win. 

Kohli hundred buries Sri Lanka

They made a poor start to the chase, losing opener Upul Tharanga in the third over for 10 and Danushka Gunathilaka for just two as India's opening pace pair made the perfect start.

Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews both fell to the spin of Ravi Jadeja shortly after lunch, before a fighting riposte from Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and the counter-attacking Niroshan Dickwella (67) at least took proceedings into the final session of the day. 

India finally broke through via their 50-Test milestone man Ravi Ashwin, who found a thin top edge from a sweeping Dickwella, while soon after, the off-spinner had Karunaratne chopping on three shortof what would have been a deserved milestone of his own.

The final two wickets came soon after as Ashwin (3-65) and Jadeja (3-71) shared the spoils, the tourists only requiring eight wickets to end the rout due to the injury and ill health to Sri Lanka pair Asela Gunaratne and Rangana Herath.

The second Test is set to begin next Thursday, August 3 in Colombo.

Day 3 wrap: Kohli finds touch as Sri Lanka wilt