India declare to set Sri Lanka 550 target

Virat Kohli Ravi Shastri India Sri Lanka 1st Test

Instead, he laid the blame on his team's execution of what he felt was a good strategy.

Then, Karunaratne and Mendis came together, and the duo improved on their failures in the first innings to put up an improved show. Earlier in July, Kohli broke Tendulkar's record for most hundreds in chases during the fifth and final One-Day International against West Indies in Jamaica. We should have bowled better. "The plain truth is that we didn't play well and we are to be blamed", said Hearth.

Chief among those issues, Herath felt, was the batting.

India 600 (Shikhar Dhawan 190, Cheteshwar Pujara 153; Nuwan Pradeep 6 for 132) & 240 for for 3 decl.

4 - Dimuth Karunaratne's 97 was the fourth highest score by a Sri Lankan opener in the fourth innings of a Test.

1 - This was the first time Ravichandran Ashwin had dismissed a batsman in the 90s in his global career. The other point is most of our batsmen got closer to three figures and got out, whereas the Indian batters made big hundreds. "You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play worldwide cricket again, you've some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game", Pujara added. They just seem to be getting worse and worse. We are a better team than that. There was a time when I was dropped from my own first-class team. But once again, Ashwin rose to the challenge and coming back to bowl after the tea break, he got a faint edge off Dickwella's (67) bat for Saha to complete another catch. Only Herath maintained an economy rate of below four in the first innings. "As soon as we saw the X-ray, we realised it was serious, so we sent him to Colombo", he added. If you take for example we allowed him too much of width. The second day's game has started.

Dilruwan Perera was left stranded eight short of a maiden Test century when Sri Lanka were dismissed for 291 in reply to the tourists' mammoth 600 all out.

The skipper not only praised Pandya's bowling performance in the second innings but also his debut half-century in the tests. Steve Waugh leads the list with 20 wins while his successor Ricky Ponting had won 19 out of his first 27 matches. Considerably their batting line-up only has nine-wicket as one of the players was ruled out of the Test due to injury in the first inning.

"I think it was after a long time a fast bowler has taken a five-wicket haul in Galle. He was outstanding in this game and his effort was fantastic", he signed off.

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