Karunaratne defies India with solid half-century

But the Indian bowlers kept toiling hard after skipper Kohli led the way with a disciplined hundred.Chasing 550 to win was always going to be impossible and it was more about the Lankans playing out time and stretching the game into the fifth day.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared six wickets between them equally as India wrapped up Sri Lanka for 245 runs in the final innings and completed their biggest win overseas with a 304 run margin on day four of the first Test in Galle.

With a century in his sights Kohli, who resumed on 76, ensured he was lifting his bat before sending Sri Lanka back in, a single off Dilruwan Perera (1-67) ending poor form that had seen him hit just 49 runs from his previous six innings.

Dimuth Karunaratne delayed India's party with a gritty 97, but could bail his side out.

It's another Test for us.

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Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath admitted his team was outplayed in all departments of the game in the opening Test.

"That was a big difference". "We are an experienced team now, we played good cricket". K.L. Rahul is obviously a champion player, so we will have to eventually take a call on who plays in the next Test and I am sure the third guy will understand. On Day 1, they lost a batsman and a part-time pacer in Asela Gunaratne to injury.

Ashwin struck again with the key wicket of the left-handed opener, who dragged a bottom-edge onto his stumps when he was in sight of a sixth Test hundred. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed early. On the first day, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by 190 runs and missed his first double century of his Test career. While Mukund scored 12 runs, Kohli could only score three runs. There was a time when I was dropped from my own first-class team. Following the trend, Virat Kohli denied follow-on. "If the pain is there they'll do an MRI scan but at this stage we're just icing it and tomorrow morning we'll know more".

Ajinkya Rahane (57) looked solid but was sent back to the pavilion after Karunaratne dived for a low catch on his right off fast bowler Lahiru Kumara. Especially when you get 4-5 wickets, we need to not let the lower order get away with a few runs in the latter half of the innings. After 92 overs the Indian team scores 404 runs in three wickets. The second Test of the series will be played in Colombo August 3 to 7. "All bases were covered nicely", said Virat Kohli after the match.

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