Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Sri Lanka set 550 to win after Kohli ton

Sri Lanka set 550 to win after Kohli ton

Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli scored half-centuries and shared a 133-run partnership to propel India's lead to 498 on Friday in the first test against Sri Lanka.

The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each to help India thrash Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the opening Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Galle International Stadium here on Saturday.

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Karunaratne hit a marathon 97 off 208 balls inclusive of nine boundaries but failed to make an impact on the Indians who were dominant.

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Galle: On the first day of Test against Sri Lanka, the Indian team is in a very strong position. "If I am part of the team, not part of the team, again, I will try to do my best wherever I am", he said. "All bases were covered and I'm really happy with the way things went in this Test".

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Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne could not come down to bat for the visitors due to injury.

He was short of support, though, debutant Hardik Pandya cleaning up Nuwan Pradeep for his first Test victim before lunch and Jadeja bowling Lahiru Kumara soon after the interval to end the innings. Shikhar (Dhawan) was supposed to go to Melbourne, now he has got a 190 in Galle.

The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.

Comebacks are hard and its all the more tough when a batsman knows even a century won't guarantee him a place in the next Test match. Cheteshwar Pujara, who also made a century in the first innings, was caught by Kusal Mendis for 15 with the total on 56. Kohli who had not gone past the score of 50 since the Test series against Australia earlier this year, looked fluent throughout the knock. But the Indian bowlers didn't allow the game to be stretched till the 5th day and wrapped up the inning on July 29th itself.

Sri Lanka got their second innings off to the worst possible start as Mohammed Shami took the wicket of Upul Tharanga in the third over. Following the trend, Virat Kohli denied follow-on.

It needed a smart review from India to break the partnership as Mendis (36, 71b, 3x4) nicked one off Jadeja, with Angelo Mathews (2, 10b) then gifting his wicket away with a frightful shot. "I said before the match that it will be a track that's good for batting". Herath himself his hoping to be fit for the second Test that begins at the SSC on August 3.

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