First Test: Sri Lanka's Karunaratne, Dickwella keep India waiting (Lead Tea Report)

First Test: Sri Lanka's Karunaratne, Dickwella keep India waiting (Lead Tea Report)

Sri Lanka crumbled in their bid to save the first Test as India secured a crushing 304-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Saturday.

Brief Scores: India 600, 240/3 declared vs Sri Lanka 291, 192/4 (Dimuth Karunaratne 85 batting, Niroshan Dickwella 48 batting, Ravindra Jadeja 2/42).

Actually, team India is on a tour to Sri Lanka, and Virat Kohli and boys on Saturday scored an impressive victory in the Test Match played at the city of Galle, also known for its lovely beaches. India are touring Sri Lanka for three Tests, 5 ODIs and a T20I and they began the campaign perfectly after clinching the win in first encounter.

With Karunaratne and Dickwella frustrating India, the tourists finally got the breakthrough they wanted when Dickwella was caught behind off the bowling of Ashwin for 67, which came off 94 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Shikhar Dhawan was adjusted as Man of the match for his first inning 190 runs from just 168 balls. As well as he has now become the only cricketer to have an average of fifty plus in all three global formats.

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Having resumed 446 runs behind in the first innings, the Sri Lankan middle and lower order folded quickly. It means that unless Herath recovers in time, the Lankans may not just lose their strike bowler, but may also have to find another captain with two Tests still to go in this series. "I think the second innings required us to play a bit more positively and I am glad I was able to do that along with Abhinav Mukund".

India was 189-3 in its second innings at stumps on Day 3 with Kohli 76 not out.

Virat Kohli, who appeared to be making a statement of his own with the kind of positive intent not normally associated with someone who is in the middle of a lean patch, scored at almost a run a ball, hitting boundaries at will.

There never was a contest - India dominated nearly all sessions of play with the Lankans never having a chance. Primarily an offspinner, it was his second opportunity missed to score a maiden test hundred. Two players Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne did not bat due to injury. You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play global cricket again, you have some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game. "I won't say that we don't have areas that we look to improve on; as I mentioned before there are things that we can still improve on, but very happy with the performance".

"We need to find out how we can do better than this moving forward".