India thump Sri Lanka in 1st Test in Galle

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India clinched a magnificent win against Sri Lanka at Galle on Saturday in the first Test of three-match series.

Skipper Kohli did not enforce the follow on and India walked out to bat only to lose their 2 centurions from the first innings early.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 154 in first innings against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka 291 (Tharanga 64, Mathews 83, Perera 92*; Jadeja 3/67, Shami 2/45) & 245 (Karunaratne 97, Kusal Mendis 36, Niroshan Dickwella 67; Shami 5/43, JAdeja 3/71, Ashwin 3/65). Shikhar Dhawan was declared "Player of the Match".

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Having just punched Jadeja to cover off the back foot, he tried the same shot off the next ball. The new-ball bowlers took an early wicket each after India declared early in the morning.

Having fallen 309 runs behind after the first innings, the hosts found themselves needing 550 to win the match on day four as India piled on the runs once again. As well as he has now become the only cricketer to have an average of fifty plus in all three global formats.

The omission: In the West Indies, I got a fifty and in one of the innings, I was run out for around 40.

IT took him six years to make a comeback to the Indian Test team and his spot as an opener is still not guaranteed but Abhinav Mukund would prefer to live in the present and contribute in team's cause rather than thinking about past or future.

It was perhaps this showing or the lack of any other viable alternative that earned Dhawan a Test recall to replace Vijay on the Sri Lanka tour. India will now play Sri Lanka in Colombo in second Test that is scheduled to begin from August 3.

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India, the number one ranked side, were playing its first Test since the end of March in Dharamsala against Australia and while, typically, Kohli said there was plenty of scope for improvement, he did admit that the team had ticked most of the boxes. I have played a lot with Virat Kohli and Ravindra jadeja and all of these guys at junior level.

Finger injuries ruled out Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne as India needed eight wickets to start the series on a winning note. Indian skipper Virat on his social media handle, Twitter posted pictures with opener KL Rahul. While Sri Lanka is in serious trouble while chasing the giant target of 550-runs as they have already lost their four-wickets when they are 431-runs behind the target.

Finally Team India tasted achievement with the new ball with the pace group of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.

"Obviously, when you lose a game, you're disappointed. I just want to give my best for the country and in the process I know I can achieve something for myself as well", he added. I wanted to play with legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, and many of them were part of that Indian team.

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