Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: India Thrash Sri Lanka By 304 Runs To Take 1-0 Series Lead
India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4, Highlights: India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at Galle to take a 1-0 series lead.
India outclassed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. India skipper Virat Kohli slammed his 17th century on Day 4 on Saturday as India set the hosts a stiff target of 550 runs to win. Sri Lanka never looked like threatening that target after losing two early wickets. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne impressed with a hard-fought 97, however, it was not enough as Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at crucial junctures. Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the ball for India in the second innings, picking three wickets apiece while pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami chipped in with one each. For Sri Lanka, apart from Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella scored 67. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Sri Lanka, Day 4, straight from Galle.
16:33 IST: Thank you for joining us for the first Test between India and Sri Lanka. Do join us for when India take on Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo, starting August 3.
16:29 IST: India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at Galle.
16:27 IST: Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne did not bat due to injury. Kohli picks up a stump and so do a couple of other players. An emphatic win for India at Galle.
16:26 IST: And it is over! Jadeja takes the last wicket as he dismisses Lahiru Kumara for a duck.
16:24 IST: 13 overs of play left, India need 3 wickets to win.
16:18 IST: Lahiru Kumara is the new man in.
16:16 IST: Wicket! Ashwin gets another one here. Nuwan Pradeep takes the long walk back without troubling the scorers much. Sri Lanka are falling like a pack of cards here.
16:11 IST: Bowled! Karunaratne goes for the big sweep but gets an inside edge back on to his stumps. Ashwin picks up his second wicket. Sri Lanka have lost their sixth wicket.
16:04 IST: Big appeal for leg before and Kohli goes for the review. The third umpire goes with the on field decision. Dilruwan Perera survives. Jadeja was very close to picking up his third wicket.
15:46 IST: FOUR! Dilruwan Perera hits Ravindra Jadeja for a boundary. Sri Lanka 231/5, need 319 runs to win.
15:37 IST: Dilruwan Perera is the new man at the crease.
15:33 IST: WICKET! Ashwin gets the breakthrough. Niroshan Dickwella departs for 67. Sri Lanka 217/5, need 333 runs to win. India need 5 wickets to win.
15:30 IST: FOUR! What a timing! Dickwella goes on back-foot and drives the ball through covers. 100-run partnership comes up between Dickwella and Karunaratne.
15:28 IST: FOUR! Excellent timing from Dickwella. The left-hander stands tall and smashes the ball towards sweeper cover region. Umesh Yadav isn't happy with this shot.
15:22 IST: FOUR! Niroshan Dickwella sends Umesh Yadav towards deep mid wicket. Confident shot from the Sri Lankan.
15:20 IST: FIFTY! Niroshan Dickwella brings up his fourth Test half-century. Sri Lanka 196/4, need 354 to win.
15:16 IST: Welcome again! Third session is underway. Can India skittle Sri Lanka in the third session?
14:56 IST: That's TEA on Day 4. Sri Lanka 192/4, need 358 runs to win.
Dimuth Karunaratne 85*
Niroshan Dickwella 48*
14:50 IST: FOUR! Slightly fuller from Ashwin. Dickwella smashes the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka 191/4, need 359 runs to win.
14:47 IST: Ashiwn tosses it up outside leg. Dickwella tried to play a sweep shot but fails to connect it.
14:43 IST: 3 runs off Hardik Pandya's over. He is trying different variations.
14:29 IST: DROPPED! Dickwella gets an outside edge and Rahane drops the Sri Lankan at second slip. But, it was a tough one.
14:24 IST: FOUR! Dickwella comes down the track and smashes the ball through covers. Excellent use of the feet from him. Sri Lanka 176/4, need 374 to win.
14:20 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Karunaratne and Dickwella.
14:16 IST: FOUR! Another beauty from Dickwella. The Sri Lankan gets down on one knee and and hits the ball towards deep mid wicket.
14:13 IST: FOUR! Dickwella plays a sweep shot and sends the ball towards fine leg. Sri Lanka 161/4, need 389 to win.
14:07 IST: Excellent bowling from Shami. He bowled a yorker at 130kph.
13:58 IST: FOUR! Dickwella uses the pace and guides Pandya towards third man for a boundary.
13:54 IST: Hardik Pandya is back into the attack. Two slips in place for him.
13:49 IST: Shami attempts a yorker but ends up offering a full toss. Karunaratne hits the ball towards covers for a single.
13:46 IST: Can India bowl out Sri Lanka today to win the Galle Test?
13:35 IST: FOUR! Niroshan Dickwella comes forwards and sends the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Powerful shot from the Sri Lankan batsman. Sri Lanka 134/4, need 416 runs to win.
13:30 IST: FOUR! Karunaratne hits Ashwin towards square of the wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka 124/4, need 426 to win.
13:18 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes again, dismisses Angelo Mathews for 2 runs. Sri Lanka lose their fourth wicket. Brilliant bowling from Jadeja. Huge celebration in Indian camp. Sri Lanka 116/4, need 434 runs to win.
13:12 IST: FOUR! Karunaratne plays a slog sweep and smashes the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Sri Lanka 112/3, need 438 runs to win.
13:09 IST: Angelo Mathews is the new man at the crease. Can India bowl out Sri Lanka to win the Galle Test today?
13:06 IST: WICKET! A huge caught behind appeal from Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja. Umpire is not interested. Saha manages to convince captain Kohli. The Indian skipper has asked for a review. India's last review is at stake. And, it's OUT. Big wicket for India. Jadeja removes Kusal Mendis for 36 runs. Sri Lanka 108/3, need 442 runs.
12:58 IST: Kusal Mendis uses the pace and sends the ball towards third man. He will get 3 runs. Excellent running between the wickets.
12:54 IST: A huge caught behind appeal from Saha and Ashwin. Umpire is not interested. Saha manages to convince Kohli and the Indian skipper has asked for a review. And, it's NOT OUT. Sri Lanka 103/2, need 447 to win.
12:53 IST: 100 comes up for Sri Lanka. They need 449 runs to win the Galle Test.
12:51 IST: That's a slog sweep. Kusal Mendis plays this beautifully towards deep mid-wicket.
12:50 IST: FIFTY! Dimuth Karunaratne brings up his half-century off 81 balls.
12:48 IST: FOUR! Karunaratne leans back and smashes the ball towards square of the wicket. Excellent shot from the left-hander. Sri Lanka 92/2, need 458 runs to win.
12:40 IST: Welcome back! Virat Kohli & Co. are in a huddle. Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne are making their way to the middle.
12:02 IST: That will be LUNCH. Sri Lanka 85/2, need 465 to win the Galle Test.
Kusal Mendis 24*
Dimuth Karunaratne 44*
Mohammed Shami 1/32
Umesh Yadav 1/26
12:00 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the last over before lunch. A slip, gully and forward short-leg have been placed.
11:59 IST: Excellent drive from Karunaratne towards deep mid wicket. He will three runs.
11:58 IST: Ashwin from round the wicket.
11:54 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Mendis and Karunaratne.
11:48 IST: Sharp turn from Jadeja, finds the outside edge but doesn't carry to first slip. Mendis survives.
11:43 IST: So both the spinners are bowling in tandem. This is an important phase of play for Sri Lanka. They need to see off both the spinners and make sure there is no further damage before lunch.
11:38 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to the attack.
11:38 IST: A probing over by Jadeja. Sri Lanka 70 for 2.
11:35 IST: So an extended spell for Umesh Yadav. This will be his seventh over on a trot.
11:30 IST: Four! Short and width on offer. Mendis cuts it through point for a boundary. Jadeja proving to be expensive in his first over.
11:29 IST: Four! Karunaratne goes for the reverse sweep and finds the gap through point.
11:29 IST: First change of the morning. Ravindra Jadeja comes on to the attack.
11:28 IST: Great ball to end the over from Umesh Yadav. Beats the bat of Mendis.
11:25 IST: Fine shot from Karunaratne. Flicked off his hips. Will get 3 for his efforts.
11:19 IST: 50-up for Sri Lanka in the 10th over.
11:17 IST: Mendis again goes for the drive to a full ball and gets an outside edge. Falls short of second slip. Yadav pegging away at that off stump line.
11:10 IST: Four! Back of a length ball and Shami gets the outside edge. No third man in place and Karunaratne will get a boundary.
11:04 IST: Four! Umesh looking for some swing, bowls it full and Mendis goes right to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers. Beautiful shot.
11:00 IST: Four! Shami bowls it full, drifting on to the pads and Karunaratne flicks it away for a boundary.
10:55 IST: Mendis gets off the mark with a single.
10:54 IST: So that brings Kusal Mendis to the crease.
10:52 IST: Wicket: Gunathilaka flicks it straight to the man at mid-wicket. Umesh Yadav gets the wicket. Sri Lanka have lost their second wicket.
10:49 IST: Sri Lanka 29 for 1 in 5 overs.
10:44 IST: Four! Great straight drive from Karunaratne. Deserved four for that.
10:43 IST: Danushka Gunathilaka is the new batsman.
10:39 IST: Bowled! Shami strikes for India. Tharanga chops it on to his stumps and Kohli is a relived man. Sri Lanka lose their wicket with the score on 22.
10:37 IST: Dropped! Good line from Shami. Gets the outside edge and Kohli at second slip drops an easy chance. Tharanga survives.
10:36 IST: Four! Tharanga this time gets into the act. A bit of width outside off stump and Tharanga helps himself to a boundary.
10:35 IST: Four! Karunaratne flicks it off his hips and gets a boundary.
10:33 IST: Karunaratne is very good of his pads. Picks up a couple to get off the mark.
10:32 IST: Umesh Yadav to share the new ball with Shami. Karunaratne to take strike.
10:30 IST: Expensive first over from Shami. 12 runs coming from the over. Tharanga has got off the mark in style.
10:29 IST: Four! Good back foot punch from Tharanga through the covers.
10:25 IST: Welcome back to the chase. Both the Sri Lankan openers are out there in the middle. Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne would look to survive till lunch. Mohammed Shami to start things off for India.
10:15 IST: India added 51 runs in 6.3 overs in the morning. Sri Lanka need 550 runs to win the opening Test. The chase coming up in a while.
10:14 IST: There comes the declaration. Both Kohli (103*) and Rahane (23*) walk off. India lead by 549 runs.
10:10 IST: Virat Kohli now averages more than 50 in all three formats. Only player in the current generation to have that feat.
10:08 IST: Kohli flicks it to the on-side and gets a single. Brings up his 17th Test century. India 233 for 3, lead by 542 runs.
10:06 IST: Great running between the wickets by Kohli and Rahane. Picks up a couple with a field well spread.
10:01 IST: India are scoring at a hefty pace in the morning. India 220 for 3.
09:59 IST: Six! Great use of the feet and Kohli will get a maximum for that. Hits it against the spin over mid-wicket. Perera could only watch it go over the fence. With that the Indian captain moves into the nineties.
09:57 IST: Delicate from Kohli. Just uses the pace of the ball and late cuts it for a couple. Nothing Dilruwan Perera could have done about that.
09:56 IST: Four! Pradeep bowls it wide and Rahane goes hard at it, gets an outside edge and with no slips it flies off the edge to the third man boundary.
09:53 IST: Four! Full from Pradeep and Rahane hits it over covers for a boundary. First of the morning.
09:46 IST: Another single for Rahane. The lead is now 500.
09:45 IST: Rahane gets off the mark with a single.
09:44 IST: Second ball of the day and a terrible mix up between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. Rahane hits it straight to mid-off and calls for a single. Kohli doesn't respond and the fielder at mid-off did everything right except throwing at the wrong end. Rahane would have been well short of his crease if the throw was at the keeper's end.
09:42 IST: Ajinkya Rahane to face the first ball of the day. Gunathilaka to start things off for Sri Lanka
09:40 IST: Hello and welcome to the fourth day's play between Sri Lanka and India. The visitors would look bat out the first session and declare post lunch. Virat Kohli is approaching yet another century. To give him company Ajinkya Rahane is out there in the middle.
09:38 IST: Virat Kohli gearing up before the fourth day's play.
At the start of their second innings, India lost their first-innings batting heroes Shikhar Dhawan (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15) cheaply. Following which Kohli and Mukund steadied the Indian batting and built a solid partnership. Sri Lanka came back from an overnight score of 154-5.
Former skipper Angelo Mathews went from 54 to 83 before flashing at a Ravindra Jadeja ball and sending it straight to Kohli at short cover. Veteran Dilruwan Perera hit a top score of 92 -- with 10 fours and four sixes -- but ran out of partners before he could get a deserved century. Sri Lanka had only 10 batsmen because Asela Gunaratne broke his thumb on Thursday.