Galle Test: Mohammed Shami shines on comeback, India on top

  • Galle Test: Mohammed Shami shines on comeback, India on top

Galle Test: Mohammed Shami shines on comeback, India on top

India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

After hitting an unbeaten 103, Kohli declared on 240-3, setting Sri Lanka a near-impossible target of 550 to win in Galle.

The Sri Lankans, especially their opener Dimuth Karunaratne (97) batted gutsily for the first two sessions reaching 192 for 4 at tea.

With almost two full days left Sri Lanka faced a almost impossible task and two of the best bowler's in the world in spinning conditions in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

India only needed to take eight wickets in the second innings to wrap up the match as Herath and Asela Gunaratne were unfit to bat due to hand injuries.

Mukund was in the action again when he pulled off a one-handed diving catch at silly point to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Chasing 550 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 245 runs.

"I think it was after a long time a fast bowler has taken a five-wicket haul in Galle". This was also Kohli's 10th Test ton as skipper playing just his 44th innings.

With a century in his sights Kohli, who resumed on 76, ensured he was lifting his bat before sending Sri Lanka back in, a single off Dilruwan Perera (1-67) ending poor form that had seen him hit just 49 runs from his previous six innings.

Mathews played his shots while Perera played the flawless second fiddle.

Pandya, who got dropped early in his innings, used the opportunity and scored a blistering half-century of just 49 balls. Over the course of an unbroken spell of 18 overs, he gradually discovered the ideal pace and angle of seam to extract the maximum possible help from the Galle pitch and could have easily ended the day with more than one wicket.

While India came into the series as huge favourites, many expected Sri Lanka to put-up more of a fight than they did in this Test. "I said before the match that it will be a track that's good for batting". 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. "As I mentioned we always look for things that we can still improve on, but very happy with the first game".

During the post-match press conference, Kohli said "I have a lot of faith in him (Hardik) as far as any format is concerned".

Gunathilaka also gifted his wicket by flicking Yadav's delivery straight to square leg fielder Cheteshwar Pujara before Mendis and Karunaratne joined forces to steady the ship.