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Rangana Herath stuns India with a web of spin

Rangana Herath celebrating the wicket of Harbhajan Singh on day four of the first Test in Galle.
Rangana Herath celebrating the wicket of Harbhajan Singh on day four of the first Test in Galle.
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Sri Lanka 183 & 367 (Chandimal 162no) beat
 375 & 112 (Herath 7-48) by 63 runs
First Test, Galle, day four

Rangana Herath picked up a seven-wicket haul to complete an amazing turnaround for Sri Lanka as India capitulated to 112 on day four to lose the first Test in Galle by 63 runs.

India started the day on 23 for one after eight overs and made extraordinarily slow progress. Ishant Sharma (10) dropped early, was eventually given out lbw.

Shikhar Dhawan (28) played 34 dot balls before his first runs which came off an inside edge.

At the other end Rohit Sharma (4) failed again, defending down the wrong line and losing his off stump to the bowling of Herath (7-48).

India reached 34 for three after 19 overs, scoring 11 runs in 11 overs.

Tharindu Kaushal (3-47) picked up the big wicket of Virat Kohli (3), who tried to whip a ball away off his pads only to edge it to forward short leg.

Dhawan’s tortuous 83-ball knock ended with a caught and bowled as he got a leading edge trying to work a ball against the turn.

Wriddhiman Saha (2) missed a tossed up delivery, lost his balance and was stumped to give Herath his five-wicket haul.

A couple of overs later, the stunning collapse continued with Harbhajan Singh’s (1) wicket as he inside edged a ball onto his pads, taken brilliantly at short leg.

India went into lunch on 78 for seven after 36 overs, having scored 55 runs in 28 overs in the first session losing six wickets.

After lunch, Ravichandran Ashwin (3) fell quickly and even though Amit Mishra (15) added 21 for the ninth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (36), there was never really much hope with the Sri Lankan spinners bowling so accurately.

Rahane got a brilliant delivery from Herath which ended his vigil. India were eventually all out for 112 in 49.5 overs with only four of their batsmen reaching double figures. The ninth-wicket 21 run partnership was the highest of the innings.

Herath was complemented by Kaushal as the two spinners picked all 10 wickets between them.

Sri Lanka now lead the three match series 1-0. Dinesh Chandimal picked up the man-of the-match award.

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