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Ashwin, Jadeja spin India to 304-run win against Sri Lanka

Ashwin, Jadeja spin India to 304-run win against Sri Lanka

India's bowler Umesh Yadav, left, is congratulated by Virat Kohli for taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's batsman Dhanushka Gunatilaka during the fourth day's play of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 29, 2017. "He bowls around 135, so he is a great asset and I have mentioned this before as well", Kohli said.

Herath also felt Sri Lanka gave a poor account of themselves with the ball. Hopefully, Pandya will remember his first Test captain's words, as he looks to match Ben Stokes' deeds for England, or even go beyond in future. I think people on the outside start counting the number of innings when a batsman doesn't score well but for us as a batsman or anyone playing in the 11, it's all about what the team wants in that particular situation. It helped to get us enough time to get the opposition out and put enough runs on the board for us to feel comfortable.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed the confidence of his captain, having been called "priceless", and a player who can provide "match-winning performances in any game he plays" by Kohli during the Champions Trophy last month.

It was an important knock for Kohli who warmed up for the rest of the series after missing out in the first innings.

They could not last the day, though, as Kohli's bowling unit all contributed to a massive win for the world's top Test team.

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However, Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka then shared a 61-run stand and tried to steady the ship before the latter got out at his individual score of 16.

Starting the day at 399 for 3, overnight batsmen Pujara (153) and Ajinkya Rahane (57) got out early in the morning session that saw India lose four wickets.

Mathews played his shots while Perera played the ideal second fiddle. Having just punched Jadeja to cover off the back foot, he tried the same shot off the next ball.

Chasing 550 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 245 runs. 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. At 432 for five, India was staring at a Sri Lankan outfit that suddenly found its spark. Till date, Ashwin has 279 wickets in his kitty from 50 Test matches, 17 ahead of Richard Hadlee who had taken 262 wickets in the number of Tests.

India will now lock horns with Lanka in the second Test, beginning August 3 at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.


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