India won the first Test of the three-match Test series against the hosts Sri Lanka at Galle on the day 4. India began the day on their overnight score of 189/3 and made a declaration their innings after scoring 240/3. India set a mammoth 550 runs target for the Sri Lankan team.
In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 245 runs as their two batsmen (Asela Gunaratne and Rangana Herath) were unavailable during the chasing. India won this game by 304 runs.
Brief Scores: India – 600 (Shikhar Dhawan 190, Cheteshwar Pujara 153, Nuwan Pradeep 6/132) & 240/3 decl. (Virat Kohli 103*, Abhinav Mukund 81, Danushka Gunathilaka 1/16)
Sri Lanka – 291 (Dilruwan Perera 92*, Angelo Mathews 83, Ravindra Jadeja 3/67) & 245 (Dimuth Karunaratne 97, Niroshan Dickwella 67, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/65)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 4 of the 1st Test:
- Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century in the second innings of this Test match as he remained unbeaten for 103 runs. Here are some important stats of this innings:
i) Kohli becomes the first Indian captain to score a century in the second innings of a Test match on the Sri Lankan soil.
ii) As a skipper, it was Kohli’s second century in the second innings of a Test match. Only Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar had achieved this similar feat, as they had also two centuries as a skipper in the second innings of a Test match.
iii) This century was Virat Kohli’s sixth away century as an Indian Test captain. It is the most no.of away (including neutral venues) Test centuries by an Indian skipper. Previous record holder was Mohammad Azharuddin with 5 away Test centuries as an Indian captain.
iv) Also, it was the 10th century for Virat Kohli as an Indian Test captain, which is the second most no.of centuries by an Indian Test skipper. The record holder is Sunil Gavaskar with 11 Test centuries as an Indian skipper.
- India put a 550 runs target to win for Sri Lanka. It is the second largest target set by the Indian team in their Test cricket history. The record is 617 runs target set by Indian team against New Zealand at Wellington in 2009.
On the other hand, it (550 runs target) was the highest target set by any team against Sri Lanka. The previous record was 522 runs target had been set by Australia at Hobart in 1989.
- Sri Lanka was bundled out for just 245 runs. It is their third highest 4th innings total against India on the Sri Lankan soil. The top two in this list are 307/7 at Kandy in 1985 and 268 at Colombo (SSC) in 2015.
- India won this Test by 304 runs. Here are some important stats for this victory:
i) It is India’s largest Test victory (by runs) at outside India. Their previous record was winning by 279 runs against England at Leeds in 1986.
ii) It is the fourth largest Test victory (by runs) for India.
iii) Meanwhile, it was the largest Test defeat (by runs) for Sri Lanka. The previous record was losing by 301 runs against Pakistan at Colombo (PSS) in 1994.