The 31-year-old made full use of the opportunity as he played a blinder of an innings, scoring 190 off just 168 deliveries on day one.
Walked in as a last-minute replacement and walked out with the Man of The Match trophy. With that knock, Dhawan has given a selection headache to Kohli as who will partner Rahul once Murali Vijay is fit. He played a few games for Nottinghamshire, scored a hundred and a fifty, and come Sri Lanka, he was ready. He returned to the line-up in the next Test but did not get to bat in a rain-affected draw.
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 disgusting shot. Since then, the Saurashtra batsman hasn't looked back. "Since my childhood days when I dreamt of playing for India I had one goal and that is to take Indian cricket to greater heights", Ashwin said at the end of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Steve Waugh leads the list with 20 wins while his successor Ricky Ponting had won 19 out of his first 27 matches.Читайте также: BBCI: US plans to curb nicotine in tobacco
Chasing 550 to win was always going to be an uphill task and it was more about the hosts stretching the game into the fifth day.
Apart perhaps for Dimuth Karunaratne who ground out 97 off 208 balls, he had little to no assistance though with Upul Tharanga (10) and Danushka Gunathilaka (2) unable to see off the seamers. "You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play global cricket again, you've some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game", Pujara added.
India's captain Virat Kohli, center, leaves the ground with his teammates after their win in the first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Captain Virat Kohli scored his 17th Test century in the second innings and after hitting an unbeaten 103, declared on 240/3, setting Sri Lanka a near-impossible target of 550 to win.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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