Virat Kohli scored his 17th Test century and India added 51 runs to their overnight score to reach 240 for the loss of three wickets before Kohli chose to declare the second innings and set Sri Lanka an imposing 550-run target in the first Test in Galle. 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.
Apart perhaps for Dimuth Karunaratne who ground out 97 off 208 balls, he had little to no assistance though with Upul Tharanga (10) and Danushka Gunathilaka (2) unable to see off the seamers.
"Last time (2015) we should have won and it was really denting as far as our confidence is concerned".
Sri Lankan stand-in skipper Rangana Herath credited India for the win, saying they were outclassed in all three departments of the game. We are a better team than that. "Abhinav batted well and he deserved a hundred", the skipper said after the match. Shikhar Dhawan was declared "Player of the Match". After winning the toss and electing to bat first against the hosts, Team India piled up a big total of 600 with the help of Shikhar Dhawan's 190 and Cheteshwar Pujara's 153. When I have some time in between Tests, and if I'm not a part of the IPL, I prefer to go and play some county cricket. They have since given away 524 for 5 in New Zealand and 575 for 9 in England, but have generally been more penetrative at home. It helped to get us enough time to get the opposition out and put enough runs on the board for us to feel comfortable. Two balls later, Virat Kohli took a great catch at leg slip and accounted for Nuwan Pradeep (0) as well.
1376 - Runs scored in this Test, the second-most of the 30 Galle Tests.
Ajinkya Rahane (57) looked solid but was sent back to the pavilion after Karunaratne dived for a low catch on his right off fast bowler Lahiru Kumara. They, however, were expected to give a fight, and take the game to the final day. "All bases were covered nicely", said Virat Kohli after the match. Wicket Keeper Niroshan Dickwella and Karunarathne steadied the inning to reach 192/4 at tea. Especially in Test matches, if you are not getting wickets, then how to contain runs or how to create opportunities to get wickets. The second Test of the series will be played in Colombo August 3 to 7.