The Virat Kohli-led Indian team clinched victory by 304 runs in the first match of three-match Test series in Galle. Sri Lanka were given a mammoth task of chasing a target of 550 runs in the second innings but they failed to go over the line. Asela Karunaratane showed some mettle as he notched up a score of 97 before getting cleaned up by R Ashwin.
Earlier, continuing from their overnight score of 189/3, India eventually scored 240/3 before declaring the innings. The home side never really looked comfortable during the chase. Mohammed Shami gave India the first breakthrough in the form of Upul Tharanga. Wickets kept falling at equal intervals for the hosts and they were reduced to 116/4. Dickwella along with Karunaratne stitched a partnership for the fifth wicket but that was never enough as the Ashwin and Jadeja’s spin-web pushed them on backfoot. The two spinners shared 6 out of 8 wickets among themselves. Here’s what pundits and others have to say about India’s win.
India’s first innings score was enough to take 20 Sri Lankan wickets. Difference between the two sides palpable. #SLvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 29 July 2017
Sri Lanka are falling apart here. Jadeja picks up the final wicket as India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs. #SLvIND
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) 29 July 2017
Was a bit surprised by the shot-making by some of the Sri Lankans. First objective would have been to bat till the morrow.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 29 July 2017
— BCCI (@BCCI) 29 July 2017
Sri Lanka’s defeat v India by 304 runs is their biggest ever run-defeat in Tests & India’s fourth biggest run-win. #SLvInd
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) 29 July 2017
Congratulations to our deserving team!
— Om Prakash Mathur (@OmMathur_bjp) 29 July 2017