India set Sri Lanka big target to win Test

IndvsSL Test LIVE: Indian team in a strong position, Eyes on Pujara's double-hundred

Sri Lanka resumed the day on 154-5 after India scored 600 runs in its first innings.

Despite it not being a memorable match for the Sri Lankan team, fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep impressed as he took career-best bowling figures of 6-132 in India's first innings. With Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Niroshan Dickwella (67), the hosts would have hoped for taking the Test in to the final day after being 192 for 4 at tea. "That's the reason they went onto post 600 runs in their first innings", said Herath.

It was all too easy for India as they took wickets at regular intervals and were helped by some questionable shot selection - Angelo Mathews a notable culprit as he aimed a wild hack at Ravindra Jadeja and was caught at backward point.

A vastly superior India today outclassed an injury-ravaged and out-of-sorts Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the opening Test to bury the ghosts of a humiliating loss at the same venue, exactly two years ago. "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. Sure, Rahane can bat up the order but lower down, he could prove to be a hassle.

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

It needed a smart review from India to break the partnership as Mendis (36, 71b, 3x4) nicked one off Jadeja, with Angelo Mathews (2, 10b) then gifting his wicket away with a awful shot.

With this win India took 1-0 lead over Sri Lanka.

As soon as Mukund was dismissed, stumps was called, which meant Kohli finished the day on 76 off 114 deliveries, which included five boundaries. He also said that Gunaratne is ruled out for eight weeks while expecting regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal to play in the second Test at Colombo. 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.

India have stretched their lead to 498 and when they come to bat on Day Four, they will definitely look to set a target in excess of 600 and put the hosts under vast pressure. "As I mentioned we always look for things that we can still improve on, but very happy with the first game". Earlier, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav had rattled the innings. In doing so, they became the 14th pair to put up 2000-plus runs in Test cricket for India. Well this debate is on and it just not applies for Kohli but for all captains across Test playing nations.

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