India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Stats: India register biggest away win

Sri Lanka slipped to 154-5 and was still 446 runs behind India's huge first-innings total of 600 all out on Day 2 of the first test on Thursday.

Chasing a huge target of 550 runs to win, Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne fell just three-run short of a century as he struck a blistering 97-run knock, including nine boundaries, to provide his side with a ideal start.

Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings.

Pandya got his maiden Test wicket when he cleaned up Pradeep before Jadeja wrapped up the Lankan innings putting India 309 runs aheaded.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli plays a shot 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. First-up, Ashwin (47) and Saha added 59 runs for the sixth-wicket.

They must score 358 runs or bat out four full sessions with five wickets remaining.

Chasing 550 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 245 runs.

Not for the first time in his career, Ashwin began finding the gaps nearly as soon as he walked in, and took three fours from successive Herath overs, twice driving him through the off side and once stepping out to clip him between midwicket and mid-on.

Virat Kohli had a superb time in the longest format of the game from the start of the tour to the West Indies a year ago as he notched up four double centuries in eight months. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane hit only two fours and a six in that time, but scored off all but seven balls they faced, against Sri Lanka's deep-set fields. "Best wishes ahead. More power to you!" the caption read.

It's Kohli's 10th hundred as skipper moving him to one behind Sunil Gavaskar's Indian record of 11. "We managed to play without him and hopefully we will bounce back well in the second Test". It was a clinical performance by the Indian Team led by Virat Kohli.

A hard-hitting batsman and a more than useful quick bowler, Pandya has been hailed by many as the answer to India's long-standing quest for a fast-bowling all-rounder.

Earlier, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav used the new ball impressively. Further into his Test career, Pandya's bowling prowess will hopefully be tapped by Kohli, who could have wanted the 23-year-old to ease into worldwide cricket before asking him to go all-out with his bowling.

  • Angelo Rivera