Talking Point: Incredible India lord over Galle

30 July, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Cheteshwar Pujara will be eyeing his fourth double ton as India look to consolidate their advantage on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. Live streaming and live cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Galle Day 2 will be availabl

This wasn't one of those wins where R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the Sri Lankan batsmen on a crumbling surface; this was a proper Test match win picked up through a collective bowling effort, which will please Kohli just that little bit more.

Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund took India's lead to nearly 500 after Sri Lanka were all out just after lunch on day three of the first Test in Galle on Friday. 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.

However, Dimuth Karunaratne (97, 208b, 9x4), who seems to enjoy batting in the final innings more than the first, and Kusal Mendis put up some resistance with a 79-run partnership.

"Yes, we would like to think we ticked all the boxes with this win".

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They could not last the day, though, as Kohli's bowling unit all contributed to a massive win for the world's top Test team. From that point of view, we had a pretty good game. K.L. Rahul is obviously a champion player, so we will have to eventually take a call on who plays in the next Test and I am sure the third guy will understand. Herath and Gunaratne were unable to bat owing to on-field injuries. "In the first session of the match itself the game started slipping away from us", he said. On the first day, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by 190 runs and missed his first double century of his Test career. He hit eight boundaries in a second test half-century. I have gone through my ups and downs, and that is a long long time back. I am happy for both these guys (Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund) who have done well.

"Plus they know what they have to do on the pitch to get people out now which is the most important factor". And to his credit, Kohli didn't waste any time as he reached his hundred off 133 balls in the sixth over of the morning. He clocked 126 runs, the second-highest in the second session of a day's play for India.

They have only nine wickets to play with as Asela Gunaratne was ruled out of the series after a fractured thumb. 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.

A well-oiled Team India will now travel to Colombo and come August 3, with the series at sight, Kohli might just switch on the autopilot mode.

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