India crush Sri Lanka by record 304 runs, lead 1-0 in 3-Test cricket series: Highlights
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets each as India crushed Sri Lanka by 304 runs to take a 1-0 lead. Earlier, Virat Kohli slammed his 17th century as India dominated the Galle Test from the start. Catch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4, here.Updated: Jul 29, 2017 16:55 IST
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets each as India crushed Sri Lanka by 304 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. Earlier, Virat Kohli slammed his 17th Test century and his 10th as captain. Catch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4, here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)(ENGLAND vs SOUTH AFRICA, 3rd Test SCORES)
16:52 hrs IST: That is all we have from Galle. Join us in August for the second Test starting on August 3 in Colombo.
16:51 hrs IST: Over in England, Toby-Roland Jones has picked up 5 wickets on debut as South Africa are bowled out 175, giving England a lead of 178. Hop over there to see the match.
16:50 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: Last time we should have won and it dented our confidence. This time we are a more experienced side and that’s what is showing in the field. All bases covered nicely. Everyone turned up. It’s good to have guys scoring guys rather than guys not scoring consistently. It felt nice that it came off nicely.
16:49 hrs IST: Rangana Herath: All credit to India, they outplayed us. Losing Asela is a great loss for us. But we want to improve and come back strong.
16:47 hrs IST: Dhawan: There is very healthy competition in the side and it keeps me on my toes and always looking forward to improve myself.
16:46 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match for his magnificent 190 off 168 balls.
16:38 hrs IST: India’s 304-run margin is the best for them in an overseas tour. The previous best was 279 runs against England in Leeds in 1986. Commanding performance indeed.
16:30 hrs IST: Sri Lanka were never in the game once Shikhar Dhawan slammed a magnificent 190 off 168 balls. Virat Kohli then slammed his 17th century to put the game beyond doubt. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin then picked up wickets at regular intervals to dent Sri Lanka and achieve this record win.
16:28 hrs IST: WICKET! Game, set and match for India! Lahiru Kumara miscues the slog and the catch is taken at mid-off. India crush Sri Lanka by 304 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the series. The nightmares of Galle 2015 have been eliminated with this win.
16:24 hrs IST: The manner of this loss will hurt Sri Lanka a lot. They did not dominate a single day and it all started from Shikhar Dhawan.
16:18 hrs IST: Just in! Herath won’t bat. So, effectively, Sri Lanka are nine down.
16:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin gets another and this could quickly. Pradeep glances this tossed up delivery to leg slip and India are inching towards a win. Pradeep c Kohli b Ashwin 0 (2).
16:13 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin gets Karunaratne. Heartbreak for the Sri Lankan opener. tossed up delivery and drifting in, the batsman attempts the sweep but gets cramped for room, he drags the delivery back onto the stumps.Umpire checks for a no-ball but he is alright. Karunaratne b Ashwin 97.
16:08 hrs IST: Appeal for an LBW but not given! India once again go for the review. Jadeja gets the delivery to drift back in sharply and Dilruwan is a bit late in getting the bat down. The ball hits the front boot but the umpire does not give it out. Replays show that the impact is outside off. India are out of reviews.
16:04 hrs IST: Close call! Ashwin gets a tossed up delivery to drift ball and Karunaratne choses to leave it, the ball just misses the off stump. Dangerous leave.
15:59 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jadeja are running through their overs. Over in England, Morne Morkel and Temba Bavuma are frustrating the hosts. For South Africa, they have more good news with Vernon Philander being declared fit to bat.
15:53 hrs IST: Turn and drift for Ashwin in that over but both batsmen hang in. Karunaratne is looking calm as ne nears his sixth ton.
15:50 hrs IST: More bad news for Sri Lanka. They might be effectively seven down as there are reports emerging that Rangana Herath might not bat in this match. He got hit on the finger yesterday.
15:46 hrs IST: Dilruwan Perera has started in attacking fashion as he slams another boundary off Jadeja. Sri Lanka might be going down but they are going down with a fight.
15:40 hrs IST: Over in England, the hosts are in a dominant position after reducing South Africa to 127/8. Can they take the remaining wickets quickly?
15:39 hrs IST: Aggressive start for Dilruwan Perera as he slams a boundary off Jadeja to get going.
15:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin shortens the length up and Dickwella attempts the sweep but gets an outside edge. Niroshan Dickwella c Saha b Ashwin 67.
15:33 hrs IST: The partnership has gone past 100 as Dickwella and Karunaratne continue to motor on. This partnership has given Sri Lanka something to cheer for. Sri Lanka 217/4, still needing 333 to win.
15:29 hrs IST: Second boundary in the over from Umesh as Dickwella motors on. This is fluent batting on a pitch that has not deteriorated much.Too much width provided by Umesh.
15:26 hrs IST: Poor start this for Umesh again. Full ball and wide outside off, Dickwella drills the cover drive to the deep extra cover fence.
15:25 hrs IST: A mix-up but in the end both batsmen are safe! The fielder did not fire in an accurate throw and the Sri Lankan batsmen steal a couple.
15:21 hrs IST: Wonderful effort from Dickwella as he creams the cover drive to the deep cover fence. Brings up his fourth fifty. What a knock. What a stand this has been for Sri Lanka.
15:18 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is on from the other end. Can he get some reverse swing?
15:16 hrs IST: Welcome back for the final session. Ravindra Jadeja to open the bowling. He has looked the best of the Indian bowlers.
14:55 hrs IST: That will be Tea at Galle. Sri Lanka have done really well. This is still a good pitch to bat on.
14:49 hrs IST: Another fine way to end the over. Dickwella nears a fifty as he crunches a full ball by smacking the slog sweep to the deep mid wicket fence.
14:43 hrs IST: Tea will be taken at 14:50 hrs IST. Can India get a wicket before the break?
14:38 hrs IST: India are striving hard to get the breakthrough but both batsmen are hanging in there.
14:29 hrs IST: DROPPED! Dickwella edges a full ball to slip but Rahane drops it. That should have been taken.
14:23 hrs IST: Dickwella continues to bat confidently against Ashwin. He makes room and skips down the track to hammer the flighted delivery to the deep extra cover.
14:21 hrs IST: Karunaratne edges a drive past the keeper for a boundary and the fifty-run stand is up between the two batsman. India getting frustrated by this partnership.
14:16 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya switches ends for another spell. Can he get some reverse swing?
14:15 hrs IST: Ashwin concedes a boundary at the start of the over and gets hit for a boundary off the final ball. There is little turn on offer. Sri Lanka are hanging in there.
14:12 hrs IST: The pace experiment from both ends has ended. Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack.
14:07 hrs IST: After a couple of wides, Pandya ends the over well with tight lines and lengths. Shami to continue from the other end. No signs of reverse swing yet
14:00 hrs IST: Seam from both ends. Shami and Pandya are trying to break this stand but both batsmen are holding firm
13:54 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack after the drinks break. Can he get the breakthrough?
13:50 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami comes into the attack now. India are waiting for their chances while Karunaratne is playing well. One more wicket and the floodgates could open.
13:43 hrs IST: Edged but safe! This delivery spins away sharply and Niroshan Dickwella pokes at it, the edge lands safely at slip and a couple results. R Ashwin not a happy man.
13:36 hrs IST: Dickwella continues to employ the sweep. Ashwin was being taken off the attack but possibly, Virat Kohli is thinking that he is in rhythm at the moment.
13:30 hrs IST: Karunaratne continues to bat steadily. Slightly short from Ashwin outside off, the batsman goes on the back foot and punches the delivery past cover for a boundary.
13:24 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jadeja are operating in the right rhythm. Jadeja is taking the wickets while Ashwin is building the pressure.
13:18 hrs IST: WICKET! What a horror shot from Mathews. Jadeja gets this flighted delivery to turn away and Mathews dances down the track to loft it down the ground, the bat turns in his hand and the catch is taken at point. Mathews c Hardik Pandya b Jadeja 2(10).
13:11 hrs IST: Karunaratne continues to play positively as he sweeps Ashwin to the deep mid wicket fence.
13:07 hrs IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes. He appeals but the original decision is not out. India review again for a catch but this time there is a spike on ultra-edge. The flatter delivery from Jadeja straightened and Mendis got the edge. Kusal Mendis c Saha b Jadeja 36.
13:03 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jadeja are drying up the runs. Slowly, the pressure is building.
12:55 hrs IST: Appeal for a catch but not given. India opt for the review. However, there is no edge. Kusal Mendis survives.
12:49 hrs IST: Karunaratne gets closer to his fifty with a cracking square cut to deep point. He brings his landmark with a couple the next ball. 12th fifty for Karunaratne.
12:45 hrs IST: Jadeja to start off from the other end. So, it will be the spin duo to begin proceedings
12:41 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. Ravichandran Ashwin to start proceedings? Can India strike early?
12:01 hrs IST: That will be lunch on day 4. Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne have shared a fifty-run stand but it is still advantage India. At lunch, Sri Lanka are 85/2, still needing a further 465 runs.
11:54 hrs IST: The fifty-run stand is up between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis. Sri Lanka need this stand to continue for as long as possible.
11:50 hrs IST: 10 minutes to go for this extended first session to end. Can India get a wicket before lunch?
11:47 hrs IST: Spin at both ends now as Ashwin and Jadeja operate in tandem. Crucial period this for Sri Lanka before lunch.
11:40 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack now. He is getting some drift and spin. Can India break this stand?
11:31 hrs IST: Poor start this for Jadeja. Short and wide delivery, Kusal Mendis rocks back and slaps the cut to deep cover.
11:29 hrs IST: Spin introduced from the other end and it is Ravindra Jadeja. He starts badly as Karunaratne employs the reverse sweep and finds the boundary at deep backward point.
11:26 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav has not found his line and length on a consistent basis. He is leaking too many runs and Sri Lanka are picking him up easily.
11:19 hrs IST: Sri Lanka bring up the team fifty and the run-rate is good, but the wickets column is a concern.
11:11 hrs IST: Edged but safe! In the corridor outside off, Karunaratne pokes at it but the edge flies past gully for a boundary. Sri Lanka 47/2, in pursuit of 550.
11:07 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are finding the boundaries on a regular basis. The run-rate is great but Sri Lanka are effectively three-down.
11:00 hrs IST: Shami is trying too many things out there. Full ball but on the pads, Karunaratne neatly flicks it to the deep mid wicket boundary.
10:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Tame dismissal. Umesh Yadav bowls a full ball on the pads and Dhanushka Gunathilaka flicks it straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg. Dhanushka Gunathilaka c Pujara b Umesh Yadav 2 (8).
10:50 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are effectively two down with Asela Gunaratne not batting. Can they survive day 4?
10:44 hrs IST: Nice shot from Karunaratne. Full ball but the batsman leans into the drive to find the boundary straight down the ground.
10:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Great stuff from Mohammed Shami. Shortish ball from round the wicket, it cuts back in sharply and Tharanga chops it back onto the stumps. Two balls before, Kohli had dropped a sitter at second slip so it has not cost much. Upul Tharanga b Shami 10.
10:36 hrs IST: Loose start this for India. Short and wide ball from Shami outside off, Tharanga cracks the square cut to deep point for a boundary.
10:34 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav begins poorly as he floats a full ball down the leg side and Karunaratne glances it to fine leg.
10:28 hrs IST: Poor start for Shami as he bowls a bouncer and it goes over the keeper for five wides.
10:22 hrs IST: India are warming up for the session. Mohammed Shami to begin. Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga come out to open.
10:16 hrs IST: India have declared on 240/3 and the target for Sri Lanka will be 550. Excellent effort from India and Sri Lanka face an uphill task.
10:09 hrs IST: Brilliant from Kohli as he slams his 17th Test century and his second against Sri Lanka. His record as captain is impeccable. Superb batting. This is his 10th century as skipper.
10:03 hrs IST: Kohli is smoothly sailing through the 90s. The declaration might not be far away.
10:00 hrs IST: Kohli enters the 90s with a slog sweep over deep mid wicket, the ball hit the toe-end but he hit it with power as it sails over the ropes.
09:57 hrs IST: Beautifully done by Kohli. Flatter delivery and he plays it late, he guides it to third man for a couple.
09:56 hrs IST: Rahane is looking to be aggressive. He lofts the cover drive for a boundary and then walks across the stumps to flick a wide ball to deep square leg for a couple. Luck goes with Rahane as he edges a short ball past slip for a boundary. India 207/3, lead by 516
09:53 hrs IST: Rangana Herath, who suffered an injury on his finger, is fit but will probably not bowl. Sri Lanka are just waiting for the declaration.
09:50 hrs IST: Rahane employs the reverse sweep while Kohli enters the 80s. Steady progress.
09:48 hrs IST: India’s lead is now 500. Kohli might go for the century soon.
09:47 hrs IST: India are one run away from 500 runs. Sri Lanka are just going through the motions.
09:44 hrs IST: Oh dear! Chaos first up. Rahane taps it to mid off and looks for a quick single, but Kohli is not interested. The fielder has a shy at the stumps but it is at the wrong end, Rahane turns back and makes it. Sri Lanka not amused.
09:35 hrs IST: What will India’s plan be? Kohli could get his century and then India declare just before lunch with a target in excess of 550. India then get five session to bowl Sri Lanka out, who will already be one wicket down with Asela Gunaratne not batting in this match due to a fractured wrist.
09:27 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between Sri Lanka and India from Galle. Virat Kohli is nearing his 17th century and India will be aiming to set the hosts a target in excess of 550.
At stumps on Day 3, India were 189/3 in the second innings. Earlier, Sri Lanka were all out for 291 in the first innings, in reply to Virat Kohli-led side’s first innings total of 600.
A dominant India spared Sri Lanka the ignominy of follow-on but Kohli and Abhinav Mukund struck fluent half-centuries to tighten the touring side’s grip on the first Test on Friday.
SL spared follow-on
The world’s top-ranked Test team shot out their depleted hosts for 291 to take a 309-run first innings lead and were 189-3 after third day’s play at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka, already a batsman short after Asela Gunaratne fractured his thumb, received a new setback when Rangana Herath, leading the side in absence of ailing regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal, left the field with a hand injury.
India captain Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 76 at stumps, after adding 133 runs with Mukund whose dismissal for 81 signalled the end of the day’s play.
Perera’s gutsy knock
Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed on 154-5 and could have been in bigger trouble but for Dilruwan Perera’s gutsy 92 not out.
Angelo Mathews held the key to Sri Lanka’s survival and the former captain made 83 before Ravindra Jadeja (3-67) sent him back. Jadeja also dismissed Herath for nine and debutant Hardik Pandya castled Nuwan Pradeep for 10 to claim his first Test wicket. Perera was eight runs away from his maiden Test century when he ran out of partners. His belligerent knock included 10 fours and four sixes.
Perera then returned to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan for 14 after India opted against enforcing the follow-on and Lahiru Kumara sent back Cheteshwar Pujara for 15. Kohli and Mukund shared a century-plus partnership for the third wicket as India moved 498 runs ahead and in a commanding position to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
First Published: Jul 29, 2017 08:29 IST