India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs, take 1-0 lead

Posted July 31, 2017

Abhinav is not particularly partial to spinners or fast bowlers, which is unusual but not rare for an opening batsman, but it was clear that this innings was not going to be one where he poked and prodded nervously, batting for survival or even his place in the team.

Sri Lanka's chase started badly as both Upul Tharanga (10) and Danushka Gunathilaka (2) fell early and, although there was some resistance, wickets came in batches as India closed in.

India did not enforce the follow on despite an imposing 309-run lead from the first innings after earlier dismissing Sri Lanka for 291.

Shikhar Dhawan was named the Player of the Match. "Kohli is absolutely right when he said in the post match ceremony that "they have been clinical in their performance", he added. "You can not utilise so much energy in that but it always feels good to score runs especially when the team wins", Kohli, who scored 103 not out, added. "For me, the fans as well as for Virat Kohli himself, the yardstick will be how well his side performs in South Africa, Australia and England", said Ganguly. Virat Kohli began his inning today with Ajinkay Rahane, India declared the innings after adding 51-runs to their score without losing a wicket.

India's opening batsman, KL Rahul shared a selfie with skipper Kohli.

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He reached the milestone in the 52nd over of India's second innings.

India after winning the toss chose to bat first had made 600 runs in the first inning with centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara. However once Karunaratne was bowled off the inside edge trying to sweep Ashwin, the innings fizzled to a quick close. That said, the 76-run partnership did keep the Indians at bay at a time when it looked like Kohli's men had the knife on Sri Lanka's throat. India will be playing Test matches away and it was important for Kohli to have some runs under his belt.

The rest as they say is history and Dhawan went on to make an entertaining and fluid 190 runs while Gunaratne's Test series was over due to the wrist injury sustained while attempting the catch. Umesh Yadav had Cheteshwar Pujara stationed at square leg, just in front of square. But obviously you can not guarantee anything, ? he added.

"It's a massive headache but I guess a good one".

While it was a touch early to look forward to the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, the fact that Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Abhinav Mukund (81) both fired when they came back into the team left the captain with a hard choice, now that KL Rahul was fit again.