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by Sandeep Shivam Saturday 29 July 2017
India 600 & 240 dec (Kohli 103no) beatSri Lanka 291 & 245 (Karunaratne 97) by 304 runsFirst Test, Galle, day fourScorecard
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared six wickets between them equally as India wrapped up Sri Lanka for 245 runs in the final innings and completed their biggest win overseas with a 304 run margin on day four of the first Test in Galle.
Earlier, India resumed their second innings with a score of 189 for three, having a lead of 498 runs. Ajinkya Rahane (23) signalled India's intentions with a couple of boundaries in the 49th over while Virat Kohli (103 not out) slammed a six in the next over to get into the 90s.
Two overs after Kohli completed his 17th Test century, India declared the innings, setting a target of 550 for Sri Lanka in the final innings.
Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Upul Tharanga (10) got them off to a brisk 22 run stand. In the third over from Mohammad Shami (1-43), Tharanga was dropped by Kohli in the slips but a couple of deliveries later he was castled by the same bowler.
A couple of overs later Danushka Gunathilaka (2) chipped a simple catch at midwicket to give Umesh Yadav (1-42) a wicket. Sri Lanka were 29 for two at that stage. Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis (36) negated the Indian attack to take Sri Lanka to 85 for two at the end of the first session.
With spinners in operation post lunch, Karunaratne reached his half-century in the 26th over and a couple of overs later Mendis survived a review from India for a caught behind decision.
However, he was not second time lucky as Jadeja dismissed him in a similar fashion with India again opting for a review and this time the decision going in the favour of the visitors.
The left arm spinner also snared Angelo Mathews (2) two overs later but Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella (67) ensured Sri Lanka ended the session at 192 for four following their unbeaten 76 run stand.
Dickwella reached his half century in the final session but it was a matter of time when Ashwin (3-65) returned back to dismiss the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper along with Nuwan Pradeep (0) and Lahiru Kumara (0).
With Rangana Herath (0 absent hurt) and Asela Gunaratne (0 absent hurt) unable to come to bat, Sri Lanka innings ended with a total of 245 runs, thereby sealing a 304 run win for India, who go 1-0 up in the series.
Shikhar Dhawan was named the player of the match for his splendid knock of 190 in the first innings that set up India's victory.
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