India beat Sri Lanka in first test, Virat Kohli broke Sachin's record

India beat Sri Lanka in first test, Virat Kohli broke Sachin's record

India had earlier declared their innings closed at 240 for three with skipper Virat Kohli (overnight 76 batting) duly getting his 17 Test hundred. India had smartly advanced to 189/2 before Mukund (81) wasted an opportunity to score a maiden Test ton and a review to call it a day in Galle. "Kohli is absolutely right when he said in the post match ceremony that "they have been clinical in their performance", he added.

It was an important knock for Kohli who warmed up for the rest of the series after missing out in the first innings. "It kept the bowlers in the game throughout, the quicks and the spinners more so", said Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday evening.

While it was already confirmed that new Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal would be unavailable for the first two Tests against India, Sri Lanka's struggles were further compounded when Asela Gunaratne was ruled out of the Galle Test as well as the remaining two matches after injuring his thumb during the opening day of the match itself.

Sri Lanka survived until lunch but the innings came to an abrupt end in the second over after the resumption when Lahiru Kumara was bowled by Jadeja for two.

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. I have played a lot with Virat Kohli and Ravindra jadeja and all of these guys at junior level.

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It sure seems destiny has given Dhawan a second chance and this time the opener has grabbed it with both hands leaving a selection conundrum for the Indian think tank now that Rahul has been passed fit for the second Test. For India, Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets, while Jadeja and Ashwin took 3 wickets each.

"Getting 600 runs it always affects which is a hard thing, but our batsmen on that track I don't think they handled it well because it wasn't a track to get 291 in the first innings".

Sri Lanka added 135 in the morning session at a healthy run-rate but lost three vital wickets in the process. Umesh Yadav had Cheteshwar Pujara stationed at square leg, just in front of square. "Before the presentation, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan came to me and wished me happy birthday".

"I think when you play away from home that one guy gives you lot of balance and I think Hardik can be that balance for us especially playing cricket away from home". He said, "Obviously when you lose a game you are disappointed".

Veteran Rangana Herath, who himself is hopeful of playing the second Test after suffering a finger injury in Galle, was confident of Chandimal's return in Colombo this week.