India draws the first blood in the Test series and it is a very comprehensive victory for Virat Kohli-men. Initially, it was all about Shikhar Dhawan’s incredible knock along side ever-composed Cheteshwar Pujara followed by the collective effort from Indian bowling unit. The blitz from the skipper Virat Kohli and the heartbreak for Karunaratne on Day 4 hold special moments.
After getting an impressive lead of 498 runs on Day 3, Virat Kohli quickly knocked his 17th Test ton by keeping Sri Lankan bowlers at a bay. Indian pace battery, Shami and Umesh Yadav once again bettered Islanders with the new ball as they dented a couple of wickets while the world class-duo Jadeja and Ashwin did the rest on wicket that offered nothing for bowlers.
Shikhar Dhawan who knocked a fantabulous 190-run off 168 deliveries has been adjudged as a man of the match while Ravichandran Ashwin has been presented with a memento for his 50th Test match appearance for India. Coming to Sri Lanka, it is one of the forgettable matches for them as they never got a single thing in their favour apart from some class from D. Perera.
Here are the Statistical Highlights:
304 – The victory margin of 304 runs is the biggest ever victory for India away from home.
304 – The biggest margin for Sri Lanka in terms of runs to lose a Test for Sri Lanka.
304 – The fourth biggest ever victory for India in Test cricket.
1 – For the first time, Ashwin dismissed a batsman who was in nervous 90’s.
1 – Today Virat Kohli became the only batsman in the world cricket to have an average of over 50 in each format of the game.
7 – For the seventh time in Tests, Virat Kohli started a series by scoring a century in the first match.
10 – Virat Kohli scored the tenth century as a skipper and 10th outside India as well.
17 – Virat Kohli registered 17th Test hundred of his career.
550 – The target set by India is their second highest ever in Test after 617 versus Kiwis.
1 – For the first time, Virat Kohli scored a century in third innings of a Test.
2 – Virat Kohli is the second skipper to have most centuries in Test after Gavaskar (11).
1 – For the first time, India won the first Test of a series in Sri Lanka.
71.43 – The conversation rate of Virat Kohli in Tests as skipper. Second most after DJ McGlew.