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Galle Test: India win 1st Test by 304 runs against Sri Lanka



Galle: Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each to help India thrash Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the opening Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Galle International Stadium here on Saturday.

Chasing a mammoth 550, Sri Lanka, reduced to nine men after skipper Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne were ruled out, failed to put up a fight before being bundled out for 245 in their second innings.

India’s spin duo of Ashwin (3/65) and Jadeja (3/71) dominated with the ball on the penultimate day of the match as opener Dimuth Karunaratne and stumper Niroshan Dickwella provided some resistance before falling on respective scores of 97 and 67.

Scoreboard on the fourth day of the opening cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka here today.

India 1st Innings: 600
Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 291
India 2nd Innings: (overnight 189/3 in 46.3 overs)
S Dhawan c Gunathilaka b Dilruwan Perera 14

A Mukund lbw Gunathilaka 81

C Pujara c Mendis b Kumara 15

V Kohli not out 103

A Rahane not out 23

Extras: 4 (b-0, lb-1, w-2, nb-1)

Total: (For 3 wkts declared, 53 Overs) 240

Fall of Wickets: 1-19, 2-56, 3-189

Bowlers: Pradeep 12-2-63-0, Perera 15-0-67-1, Kumara 12- 1-59-1, Herath 9-0-34-0, Gunathilaka 5-0-16-1.

Sri Lanka 2nd innings:
Dimuth Karunaratne b Ashwin 97
Upul Tharanga b Shami 10
Danushka Gunathilaka c Pujara b Umesh 2
Kusal Mendis c Saha b Jadeja 36
Angelo Mathews c Hardik Pandya b Jadeja 2
Niroshan Dickwella c Saha b Ashwin 67
Dilruwan Perera not out 21
Nuwan Pradeep c Kohli b Ashwin 0
Lahiru Kumara c Mohammed Shami b Jadeja 0
Rangana Herath abs hurt 0
Das Gunaratne abs hurt 0

Extras: (LB-3, W-7) 10

Total: (Allout in 76.5 Overs) 245

Fall of Wickets: 22-1, 29-2, 108-3, 116-4, 217-5, 240-6,
240-7, 245-8.

Bowler: Mohammed Shami 9-0-43-1, Umesh Yadav 9-0-42-1, Ravindra Jadeja 24.5-4-71-3, Ravichandran Ashwin 27-4-65-3, Hardik Pandya 7-0-21-0.