Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs, take 1-0 lead

Nuwan Pradeep was Sri Lanka's most economical bowler on a disastrous opening day Nuwan Pradeep was Sri Lanka's most economical bowler on a disastrous opening day
Jan Ortega | 31 July, 2017, 00:18

In reply, Sri Lanka had restricted to mere 291 runs despite Dilruwan Perera's unbeaten 92 runs and Angelo Mathews 83 runs.

On the second day, Abhinav had forced himself into the game, pulling off a sharp run out and taking a stunning catch under the helmet to keep himself active in the game after a first-innings failure.

Sri Lanka will look to recover some ground after losing the first Test by 304 runs. Since there's a lot of time remaining for the action, the players of Team India made a decision to blow some steam off. First, Rohit Sharma posted a picture of an intense Federation Internationale de Football Association session with his teammates and then it was the turn of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who took to micro-blogging site Twitter and shared pictures of him and opener KL Rahul relaxing by the pool. When I started playing cricket, I thought that test cricket is something I always wanted to play. We gave some six wickets to their fast bowlers, and that's something that we need to work on. I have played a lot with Virat Kohli and Ravindra jadeja and all of these guys at junior level.

India's win helped them extend their lead at the top of the ICC's Test rankings and they could grab a lead of up to 15 rankings points if results go their way over the coming weeks.

Mathews' dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together in a 101-run fifth-wicket stand. Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin's first victim of the innings.

Sri Lanka was dealt several unkind blows before and during the Test, none more crippling than the loss on the opening morning of Asela Gunaratne with a broken left thumb.

The hosts managed just 245 all out in response as India wrapped up the win inside four days.

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

They added 56 runs for the third wicket on a track that was still not offering enough assistance to the spinners and defied the Indian bowling for 17.2 overs. 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.

It was Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami running in at full steam and shooting down one thunderbolt after the other with surgical precision.

"Obviously when you lose a game, you are disappointed", he said. Most Promisingly it unveils the scored at a brisk rate with the Sri Lankan bowlers having little answer on the most ideal approach to stop India's run-machine. We are a better team than that.

While it was a touch early to look forward to the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, the fact that Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Abhinav Mukund (81) both fired when they came back into the team left the captain with a hard choice, now that KL Rahul was fit again.

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