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Galle Test: Ashwin, Jadeja spin India to 304-run win over Lanka

Galle Test: Ashwin, Jadeja spin India to 304-run win over Lanka

Their previous biggest win outside India was by 279 runs against England at Headingley in 1986. Sri Lanka were 2 down for 85 at lunch on Day 4 of the opening Test in Galle. The previous worst was 301 against Pakistan in 1994.

Sri Lanka, at one moment, gave a scare. They lost by 282 runs in Cape Town in January.

Upul Tharanga survived a scare after captain Virat Kohli dropped a straightforward catch at second slip off Mohammed Shami.

1376 - Runs scored in this Test, the second-most of the 30 Galle Tests.

Another decent partnership followed between Karunaratne (97, 208b, 9x4) and the wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella (67, 94b, 10x4), this time worth 101 runs, but once R Ashwin sent the two set batsmen packing, it was as good as done for Sri Lanka, with two of the players ending up absent hurt as the skipper Herath joined the injury list with a bruised finger.

The seamer-friendly conditions allowed Nuwan Pradeep to become the first Sri Lanka bowler to claim a six-wicket haul at home since Chaminda Vaas, in 2005.




At the start of day's play, India skipper Virat Kohli required just 24 runs to reach the three figure mark. That Test ended in a draw.

His family will have to wait for some more time as Dhawan with a career-best 190 took charge of his sinking Test ship. As soon as he came into bat, Kohli took the attack to the hosts. His previous best was 6 for 154 in Durban in 2012-13.

Resuming the day at 189/3, India skipper Virat Kohli (103 not out) went on to complete his 17th Test century, as the visitors stretched their second innings lead to 549 runs. Before this, he had averaged only 27.12 in the third innings with highest of 96.

The knock also helped push Kohli's average to 50.03 which means that he now averages over 50 in all three formats of the game at worldwide level.

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. Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid had made centuries against Sri Lanka in Kanpur in 2009-10.

1 - This was the first time Ravichandran Ashwin had dismissed a batsman in the 90s in his global career. Karunaratne still kept on fighting, but missed his century mark by three runs as he was also sent back by Ashwin. It was his 480th worldwide wicket. 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.

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