Galle Test: Ashwin, Jadeja spin India to 304-run win over Lanka
- Author: Joey Payne Jul 30, 2017,
Jul 30, 2017, 0:40
It was Kohli's 17th Test hundred and 10th as captain.
Ravindra Jadeja picked up two crucial wickets after the lunch interval on Day 4 of the first Test to get India closer to victory. Their previous biggest win outside India was by 279 runs against England at Headingley in 1986.
Abhinav is not particularly partial to spinners or fast bowlers, which is unusual but not rare for an opening batsman, but it was clear that this innings was not going to be one where he poked and prodded nervously, batting for survival or even his place in the team. Virat Kohli-led side tightened its grip on the Galle Test. Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting are the only ones ahead.
Their fate was sealed soon after Karunaratne was clean bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin forshort of a deserving hundred as Sri Lanka's sixth wicket.
The 28-year-old has now equalled Indian stalwarts V.V.S. Laxman and Dilip Vengsarkar's tally of 17 and is only behind Mohammad Azharuddin (22), Virender Sehwag (23), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (36) and Sachin Tendulkar (51).
Dickwella was given out, caught behind, in the 62nd over, and when a thick inside edge accounted for Karunaratne on 97, India eased home.
India has never lost a Test after scoring over 600 runs.
With this win, the Virat Kohli behemoth just keeps rolling on.
Bigger defeats for Sri Lanka in Tests than this one.
5 - Number of Test centuries for Karunaratne.
6 - There have been six instances before when Virat Kohli has started off a Test series with a century.
The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.
Kohli, the only Indian batsman to not get to double figures in the first innings, looked very confident at the crease and forged a 133-run stand with Mukund for the third wicket.
Indian Posted a massive 600 scores after dominating 2 days in Galle, Now India will be at the full peak to continue his performance.
The knock also pushed Kohli's Test average to 50.02, meaning he's the only man in the history of the game to average more than 50 in all three forms of the game at worldwide level. He's the only batsman in the world to do so.
Already two down, with just 29 runs on the board, it seemed like India just might go through this Sri Lankan batting order like a hot knife through butter.
Earlier, India resumed their second innings with a score of 189 for three, having a lead of 498 runs.