The Galle Stadium is not particularly known as a surface that supports intensive spin and swing. This was the key for Sri Lanka batsmen, who defied India’s attack until the final day of the match. It was Ravichandran Ashwin who broke into the building resistance in the final session of the inning. India won the first Test of the three-match series by 304 runs, leading the series by 1-0. The home was injury stricken. The absence of Asela Gunaratne and Rangana Herath in the second inning took the troll on the home team. While, Virat Kohli, reached several milestones for India’s side. With his century strike, India was leading Sri Lanka by 549 runs on the morning of the fourth day.
Dimuth Karunaratne steered Sri Lanka’s inning for a considerable stretch. The batsman put up 97 as a resistance to Indian seamers. He was removed trying to strike the in-swinger from Ashwin. Other players with good strike in the inning were Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella. However, Sri Lanka remained largely inadequate in score front. The team could chase down to 245, even if there were ample space in the fourth day to pull up the score. India did not seem as a strong attacker. It was the patience of bowlers that gave the way to better accuracy in their deliveries. The 101-run partnership between Karunaratne and Dickwella did not falter the bowler’s steadiness.
In the stretch when Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis played there were strong off side strikes building up a momentum in the chase. However, the transition from pace to spin did away with the partnership. Angelo Mathews also emerged as a threat, but the spell from Jadeja dismissed him. India’s attackers had to push forward their initiatives when Karunaratne and Dickwella came to bat.
India’s dominion in batting was spearheaded by Kohli. Ajinkya Rahane was also on his stride. The players smashed the deliveries off the host’s bowlers in a stretch to bring 51 off a 39-ball stretch. It was a strong impetus to India’s score.
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