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First Test: Sri Lanka hit back as India consolidate (Lead Lunch)

First Test: Sri Lanka hit back as India consolidate (Lead Lunch)”

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 154 for five, trailing India's first innings total by 446 runs.

India defied ghosts of past Galle defeats as they came up with a dominating performance to take a 1-0 lead in the three match Test series against Sri Lanka on Saturday. The offspinner didn't bowl as well as in the first innings but still was on the money, and the rewards came quickly afterwards when Karunaratne threw away his hand with a century beckoning, and Nuwan Pradeep was caught at leg slip by Kohli off the glove.

"I think the second innings required us to play a bit more positively and I am glad I was able to do that along with Abhinav Mukund".

Where India made 840 runs at a run rate better than 4.5 an over across the match, losing only 13 wickets in the process, Sri Lanka mustered just 536. In doing so, he brought up Sri Lanka's 100 in the 27th over. He was playing on 67 when the ball delivered by Ashwin kissed his bat and landed safely in Wriddhiman's gloves. No, not on July 29, 2017; instead, this scene was from two years ago, in 2015.

That series, where he managed just 46 runs in three Tests, came after a averaged more than 80 over the previous 12 months, including a double-century in four consecutive series.

Virat Kohli, who appeared to be making a statement of his own with the kind of positive intent not normally associated with someone who is in the middle of a lean patch, scored at almost a run a ball, hitting boundaries at will. He ended up scoring 103 runs off 136 which included 5 fours and 1 sixes.

Though Test cricket requires batsmen to take their time and try to negate the opposition bowlers, there are times when a big-hitter is needed.

Karunaratne and Mendis played a lot and missed even more but fought it out in the middle.

Not forgetting, the Indian bowlers had done a great job by restricting the hosts for 291 all out. I have gone through my ups and downs, and that is a long long time back. I don't need any extra motivation as far as Cricket is concerned In the second innings, Kohli was not going to repeat his mistake and went about his business in ruthless fashion. Dhawan's innings put the Indian team on the front foot and unsurprisingly, he was named as the Player of the Match. They, however, were expected to give a fight, and take the game to the final day.

The top-order contributed, Hardik Pandya responded with a fifty on debut, the fast bowlers made early inroads and the spinners spun a web around the Sri Lankan batsmen.



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