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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Virat Kohli & Co Bask In the Glory After Galle Heroics

Cricketnext Staff |July 30, 2017, 9:37 AM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Virat Kohli & Co Bask In the Glory After Galle Heroics

New Delhi: India started their tour of Sri Lanka with a resounding 304-run win in the first Test inside four days at Galle and the players were upbeat after their heroics.

Skipper Virat Kohli was particularly happy with his team's batting in the first innings that really set the tone for the entire Test. Kohli took to twitter to appreciate his two batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara — as both of them slammed their respective centuries in the first innings.

While Dhawan hit a scintillating 168-ball 190 to named man of the match, Pujara once again showed his batting prowess in the longest format of the game by hitting a 153.

Kohli's Instagram post read: "Great Win. Well played boys @ShikhardOfficial @cheteshwar_pujara"

Great Win. 😀 Well played boys @ShikhardOfficial @cheteshwar_pujara 👌🔝

A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on

Meanwhile in the second innings, Kohli led from the front as he himself slammed a majestic century to help India post a big total in the match.

The writing was very much on the wall before the start of play on the fourth day and a quality knock from Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne only delayed the inevitable as Virat Kohli and boys thrashed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium with a day to spare in the game. The Indians outplayed Rangana Herath and his boys in all the departments at Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

In his first series after being appointed head coach, Ravi Shastri couldn’t have expected for a better start as his boys showed a lot of conviction on a Galle wicket that didn’t have much for the bowlers. Compared to the general wicket prepared at the venue over the years, this one was more suited to the batsmen. But the Indian bowlers kept toiling hard after skipper Kohli led the way with a disciplined hundred.

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