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How Virat Kohli & Co. chilled after India’s Galle Test win over Sri Lanka

India cricket team wrapped up the Galle Test with an emphatic 304-run win over Sri Lanka on Saturday. The Virat Kohli-led side then celebrated the win in a unique way

india-vs-sri-lanka-2017 Updated: Jul 30, 2017 12:51 IST
HT Correspondent
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Virat Kohli and KL Rahul enjoying by the pool after India’s Galle Test win over Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul enjoying by the pool after India’s Galle Test win over Sri Lanka. (Twitter)

The Indian cricket team players caught up with one of their favourite activities — playing the FIFA video game — after they completed a comprehensive victory by 304 runs against Sri Lanka in the opening Test of their three-match series at Galle.

Captain Virat Kohli, after a four day finish in the first Test, chilled by the swimming pool of his team hotel.

Rohit Sharma posted a photograph on Twitter showing the Indian team members Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and KL Rahul among those having a good time after the team finished the first Test against Sri Lanka with one day to spare.

With two Sri Lankan cricketers not coming out to bat in the second innings due to injuries, the dismissal of Lahiru Kumara meant India registered their fourth biggest victory in terms of runs in Test cricket, taking a vital 1-0 lead in the ongoing series.

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The victory was an instance of life coming full circle for this team under Virat Kohli, as they had lost the opening Test of their previous Sri Lanka tour at Galle in 2015, despite dominating for majority of the contest.

However, India were unruffled throughout the play on all four days as they continued their march towards consolidating their position as the No 1 Test side. In the first innings, India sealed the game making it a one-sided affair by posting 600, which turned out to be too much for the struggling hosts.

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Pujara and Dhawan slammed centuries in the first innings, with the latter joining the exclusive club of batsmen who had scored more than 100 runs inside one session. Dhawan scored a fabulous 190, and Pujara made 153, which set the proceedings in India’s favour.

Yuvraj Singh, an integral part of the limited-overs side despite his mixed performances, was among the first ones to wish India on their big victory.

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The second Test between India and Sri Lanka starts August 3 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 12:37 IST