India Register Biggest Overseas Win After Decimating Sri Lanka In Galle Test
After 31 years in 2017, India registered biggest overseas win owing to the runs — to march into the record books, while demolishing hosts Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle, on Day 4 of the 1st Test during the half-way mark of final session when Lahiru Kumara perished on the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. (Read Report: SL Vs IND, 2017 – 1st Test: India Clinchs Galle Test By 304 Runs Against Struggling Sri Lanka).
While blowing away Sri Lanka following significant performances both with the bat and a ball, the Virat Kohli-led World ranked No 1 Test side surpassed its previous highest Test win of 279-run win, particularly in away games against England in 1986 at Leeds, under the leadership of Kapil Dev.
For India, the bowlers did their job while picking wickets at regular intervals which further saw the world ranked Test Number 1 left-arm orthodox spinner Ravindra Jadeja bagging six wickets, in a Test match alongside Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Pradeep, who claimed six wickets in the first innings.
In the batting department, while showing quality of the top-order line-up, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have racked up centuries respectively to make things quite difficult for Sri Lanka with the cherry in their backyard
Interestingly, the skipper has also shown some faith in all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who registered his maiden Test fifty in his very first innings of his Test career, before claiming a wicket of Nuwan Pradeep when the ball crashed into the stumps.
However, in the second Test of India’s tour to England in June 1986, the then right-arm fast bowler claimed a five-for, before Dilip Vengsarkar smashed unbeaten 102 – to set a tune for visitors, as England was bundled out on 128 in 63.3 overs which saw former slow-arm orthodox spinner Maninder Singh claiming four wickets after conceding 26 runs in 16.3 overs.
The third biggest overseas win in five-day format came against Sri Lanka by 278 runs in 2015 at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, when India claimed the three-match Test series 2-1 under Kohli’s tutelage.
Moreover, the fourth on the list came against New Zealand in 1968 by 272 runs at Auckland, under the captaincy of Nawab of Pataudi.
India is scheduled to play the second Test of the Seagram’s Royal Stag Mega Cricket Cup on August 3 against Injury-hit Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.
With KL Rahul fit and raring to go, it would be interesting to see whether Kohli would stick to the same team or he would opt for a change like he has been doing while tinkering with the Playing XI, the time would only decide.
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