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29-Jul-2017 11:18:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, day 4

Ashwin, Jadeja wrap up biggest overseas win

Galle: India completed a 304-run win over Sri Lanka inside four days in Galle after bowling out the hosts for just 245 in the second innings.

Set a target of 550 runs, Sri Lanka never looked like in the chase and ended up short by some distance.

This is India's biggest win away from home, fourth highest overall and it reflects in how they play. They are not yet a strong Test side but they do their basics right and it works against teams which are not that strong.

They made a lot of mistakes, dropped catches, had poor bowling plans yet came out on top thanks to the gulf in the quality of the teams. They will want to build on this win and go forward.

Chasing history, the Islanders had come out victors in their previous Test against Zimbabwe but come India, they were found wanting. Their approach was hard to understand, they played their shots and kept losing wickets to them.

Dimuth Karunaratne was the only one to put up a fight and not surprising that he didn't play any extravagant shot - till he got out. It is not how to play Test cricket, no matter whatever is your natural game.

All the talented batsman in Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews got starts but failed to kick on. Their bowling without Rangana Herath is like fish out of water. They have lots to think on. The fitness of their stand-in skipper will be even more worry for them.

India set up the game thanks to their massive first innings total. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara notched up tons as they posted a mammoth total on the board. Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with his best figures in Test cricket.

Ravindra Jadeja then led the attack to take a 309-run lead. India chose not to enforce the follow-on. Virat Kohli notched up a ton in the second innings to set a target of 550 for the hosts.

No Rangana Herath, no Asela Gunaratne to bat and Sri Lanka have lost this Test inside four days. Doesn't it reflect perfectly on the two individuals? Those two have done most of the hard work in the last few series' and without them, it has been very hard for the home side. It has resulted in India winning for the first time in Galle since 2008.

Earlier, resuming the day at 189/3, India skipper Virat Kohli (103 not out) went on to complete his 17th Test century, before the visitors declared their innings at 240/3. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) added 51 runs in 6.3 overs to stretch the lead to 549.

The India captain, who went unbeaten on 76 at stumps on the third evening, started tapping for singles and doubles, before latching on a Dilruwan Perera delivery to clobber over midwicket for six to move to 89. He completed his hundred with a single to midwicket, reaching the landmark in 133 balls and thereby surpassed former India skipper Sourav Ganguly's tally of 16 Test tons.

Brief scores
India -
600 (Dhawan 190, Pujara 153, Pradeep 6-132) and 240/3d (Kohli 103*, Mukund 81)
Sri Lanka - 291 (Perera 92, Mathews 83, Jadeja 3-67) and 245 (Karunaratne 97, Dickwella 67, Ashwin 3-65, Jadeja 3-71)
Status - India won by 304 runs


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