Galle Test: India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs


They added 56 runs for the third wicket on a track that was still not offering enough assistance to the spinners and defied the Indian bowling for 17.2 overs. I think the bowlers came up with different plans and they persisted long enough to get those breakthroughs. He said, "If there is an option, we would love to have that". "He deserved a hundred as well", Kohli said after the match. He wasn't available to bat or bowl and that was a huge blow for us. We shouldn't blame anyone else.

Chief among those issues, Herath felt, was the batting.

However, Dimuth Karunaratne (97, 208b, 9x4), who seems to enjoy batting in the final innings more than the first, and Kusal Mendis put up some resistance with a 79-run partnership. This was also the first time he had remained not out in the third innings.

While the other Sri Lankan bowlers struggled to trouble the Indian batsmen, Pradeep caused them some problems once he got into his rhythm. "You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play global cricket again, you've some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game", Pujara added.

The thing that impressed Kohli about Pandya the most was his technique to use the shirt ball and also the speed at which he bowled.

"Sri Lanka was due to tour India from February end to the first week of April next year and the dates would have clashed with the Independence Cup".

"We are a better team than this", Herath said. There was a time when I was dropped from my own first-class team.

With Shikhar Dhawan falling early and Cheteshwar Pujara getting himself out just before the heavens opened in rain of Biblical proportions, Abhinav had to twiddle his thumbs in the dressing room for more than an hour and forty-five minutes. He has been scoring a lot of runs for us in the last few months. He started the day unbeaten on 54 and had advanced to 83 when he was caught by Kohli at short cover off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

Barring Gunathilaka, only Lahiru Kumara and Dilruwan Perera found success, taking a wicket apiece. I don't need any extra motivation as far as Cricket is concerned In the second innings, Kohli was not going to repeat his mistake and went about his business in ruthless fashion. "But there wasn't as much help for the spinners as I expected at those late stages". Umesh Yadav (1/42) and Mohammed Shami (1/43) took a wicket apiece at the start of the innings. With this, they took a 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber. "He was outstanding in this game and his effort was fantastic", he signed off. "That was one of the positives".