Team India finally end its Galle nightmare by defeating Sri Lanka by 304 runs. This is the first time in history that India has won the opening test of the series. India won the toss, and rightly so, decided to bat first. It lost Abhinav Mukund upfront which, however, did not stop the team from scoring. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara made an excellent comeback and put on 253 run-stand for the second wicket. Shikhar Dhawan scored his career-best, 190 off just 168 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara, on the other hand, showed why he is considered the best Indian Test batsman at present, by scoring 153 runs. Cameos, Hardik Pandya and Mohammad Shami, at the end of the innings helped India reach that 600 run mark. Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers with 6 wickets under his belt.
In respond, Sri Lanka could only manage to bag 291 runs. Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, and Dilruwan Perera were among the run scorers, while others failed their luck with the bat. With a lead of over 300, India came to bat again. This time too, much like the previous innings, Sri Lankan bowlers failed to make an impact. A century from Virat Kohli and 81 from Abhinav Mukund helped India in giving the Lankans an unassailable target of 550 runs. Sri Lanka started off bad as they lost 4 wickets for 116 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella created some offense which was not enough. As a result, India won by 304 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Shikhar Dhawan was the Man of the Match.
Sri Lanka was never in the game since Asela Gunaratne dropped Shikhar Dhawan off 31, who later scored 190. The trouble began when Asela Gunaratne was out of the match because of a thumb injury, which he suffered when he dropped Shikhar Dhawan at the slips.
Stats And Trivia:
- 304 is the biggest losing margin for Sri Lanka in test cricket.
- 304 is the biggest winning margin for India in test cricket outside the home.
- Shikhar Dhawan scored an aggregate of 204 runs in this match. He became only the third Indian to do so in Sri Lanka.
- 126 runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan in the second session is the second highest run scored by an Indian in a single session, only behind Virender Sehwag’s 133.
- 97 runs scored by Dimuth Karunaratne is the third highest individual score by a Sri Lankan opener, in the fourth innings of a test match.
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