India's captain Virat Kohli, center, leaves the ground with his teammates after their win in the first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 29, 2017. But having said that, all credit to India for the way they played. "He deserved a hundred as well", Kohli said after the match. But once again, Ashwin rose to the challenge and coming back to bowl after the tea break, he got a faint edge off Dickwella's (67) bat for Saha to complete another catch.
In the process, India recorded their biggest away win, in terms of run-margin, while it's Sri Lanka's biggest defeat at home. While he didn't really play the most orthodox shots, Dickwella took calculated risks unlike his former skipper Mathews and along with Karunaratne, the two put on 101 runs for the 5th wicket as they frustrated the Indian bowlers. Dilruwan Perera also hit 92 not out in the first innings. The other point is most of our batsmen got closer to three figures and got out, whereas the Indian batters made big hundreds. "About Dinesh Chandimal, there's no confirmation, but I expect him to play the next game", added the stand-in skipper.
Sri Lanka needed to show application but as has been the case for most of the past year it was sorely lacking. I wasn't certainly looking at things like how many innings I haven't scored because when you are playing all formats, you don't think which format you have not scored runs in how many innings. We bowled badly, fielded badly and batted badly in the first innings. Dhawan, who was adjudged the Man of the Match said: "I really enjoyed batting over here". Only Herath maintained an economy rate of below four in the first innings. "We had a few plans for him but we failed to execute. In the first session of the match itself the game started slipping away from us", he said.
Herath did have some criticism for the Galle pitch, which was atypical of the turnings tracks usually on display here. Of the 31 wickets to fall in this match 16 fell to seam bowlers - 10 of those breakthroughs shared between the two Sri Lanka quicks. And where the track typically begins to offer drastic turn on days four and five, this pitch had remained relatively good for batting throughout. "Never thought I would get here". But this wicket didn't have much help for spinners either.
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