Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday credited his team for an all-round performance against Sri Lanka. India won the first Test by 304 runs in Galle, the same venue where they had lost in 2015 and bounced back to take the series 2-1.
“We lost a Test we should have won in 2015. This time it was a clinical performance two years down the line. Really happy with the way things went in this Test”, he said at the post-match presentation.
Kohli also showered praise on the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund, who weren’t part of the first choice squad for the tour.
Dhawan, who smashed a swashbuckling 190 off 168 balls to set the tone for India’s massive first innings score of 600, joined the team as a replacement for injured Murali Vijay.
Mukund, who scored 81 runs in the second essay was included after regular opener Lokesh Rahul was down with viral fever following the warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.
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Kohli himself received flak after getting dismissed cheaply in the first innings of the match. However, the captain hit a brilliant unbeaten century (103*) and shut his critics up.
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The Indian team outdid the hosts in all departments. Sri Lanka could not manage to reach 300 in both their innings as they were bowled out for 291 and 245 runs respectively.
India’s spin duo of Ashwin (3/65) and Jadeja (3/71) dominated with the ball on the penultimate day of the match as opener Dimuth Karunaratne and stumper Niroshan Dickwella provided some resistance before falling on respective scores of 97 and 67.
The second Test between Sri Lanka and India begins on Thursday in Colombo.