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Virat Kohli’s India shatter records in thumping win over Sri Lanka in Galle Test

Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team put on a record-breaking show in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka as they secured a brilliant 304-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the series

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 29, 2017 18:22 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (C) and teammates leave the pitch after beating Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the Galle Test on Saturday.(AFP)

Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team put on a dominant show in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka. The batting and the bowling combined as a lethal unit to dismantle Sri Lanka and take sweet revenge for the loss in the 2015 series. From Shikhar Dhawan’s magnificent 190, Cheteshwar Pujara’s grinding 153 to Virat Kohli leading from the front with yet another century, India’s batsmen put up a fine show. (HIGHLIGHTS)

The bowlers put in a magnificent performance but Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with another marvellous exhibition of spin bowling. Backed up by some timely strikes from Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, India put in a complete performance. (SCORECARD)

Along the way, India’s players shattered records during the course of their win. Here is a list of some of the records created by India during the Test:

304 - The biggest margin of victory for India in Tests away from home in terms of runs. This was Sri Lanka’s biggest loss in Tests. The previous highest victory margin in terms of runs was 279 against England in Leeds in 1986. This is also the fourth-biggest win for India in Tests.

10 - Virat Kohli notched up his 10th century as skipper during his 103* in the second innings. Among Indian skippers, only Sunil Gavaskar is ahead of Kohli with 11 tons.

7 - Number of Test wins for India in Sri Lanka. This is the joint-most for India away from home. India have also won seven Tests in West Indies. However, barring Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, they have a positive win-loss ratio only in Sri Lanka.

190 - Shikhar Dhawan achieved his highest individual score in Tests. It is the highest by an Indian left-hander in Tests against Sri Lanka, beating Sourav Ganguly’s mark of 147 set in August 1997. This was the third-highest score by an Indian batsman in Sri Lanka.

153 - Cheteshwar Pujara’s score in this Test, which is his highest individual score against Sri Lanka. Out of his 12 Test tons, he has three double centuries and three 150-plus scores.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 18:18 IST