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India thrash S Lanka in first Test

30 July 2017

0 - Number of times Ashwin had dismissed a batsman in the 90s in his global career before this match. But Karunaratne paid the price for a rare rash shot and was bowled by Ashwin, who is now on 275 Test wickets. Saeed Ajmal leads the list with 17.

Virat Kohli returned to form and scored 103 runs in the third innings. Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting are the only ones ahead. Only Sunil Gavaskar has recorded more hundreds - 11 in 47 as captain for India.

Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Upul Tharanga (10) got them off to a brisk 22 run stand.

There was not one moment in this Test match where India did not look in control.

Beginning a new era after the much talked about appointment of Ravi Shastri as the head coach, the pressure was on the new boss and Virat Kohli to produce a positive result. This is also the biggest versus Sri Lanka in Tests.

Comebacks are hard and its all the more tough when a batsman knows even a century won't guarantee him a place in the next Test match. He missed his sixth Test ton by 3 runs; only Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan have more centuries as an opener. He played a few games for Nottinghamshire, scored a hundred and a fifty, and come Sri Lanka, he was ready.

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7 - Wriddhiman Saha became the second Indian wicketkeeper to effect 50 dismissals in Tests. "In the first innings, he didn't get opportunity to bowl much but I think in the second innings, he bowled really nicely on a wicket that wasn't offering much and he kept it in the right areas", he said.

Coming back to the Indian captain, one of the most significant things to note during Kohli's knock was that he got his Test match average back to over 50. He's the only batsman in the world to do so.

Karunaratne and stumper Niroshan Dickwella steadied Sri Lanka and helped the hosts to cross the 190-run mark without any hiccups. Their previous biggest loss was against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval in 1994.

Chasing a huge target of 550 runs to win, Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne fell just three-run short of a century as he struck a blistering 97-run knock, including nine boundaries, to provide his side with a flawless start.

Former India captain Tendulkar, who is active on social media, took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to hail the performances of centurions Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara.

India thrash S Lanka in first Test