Broken thumb rules Gunaratne out of entire India series

SLvIND Umesh Yadav provides breakthrough after India post mammoth 600 batting first

"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.

Galle: India rode on half centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and opener Abhinav Mukund to post 189/3 in their second innings and extend their lead to 498 at stumps on the third day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka here on Friday.

After hitting an unbeaten 103, Kohli declared on 240-3, setting Sri Lanka a near-impossible target of 550 to win in Galle.

The Sri Lankans, especially their opener Dimuth Karunaratne (97) batted gutsily for the first two sessions reaching 192 for 4 at tea.

"Last time (2015) we should have won and it was really denting as far as our confidence is concerned. That was a big difference too in the game, and an area that we have to work on". That's better than any other team.

Kohli dived forward to take the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep at leg slip, Lahiru Kumara holed out shortly afterwards and with Rangana Herath unable to bat due to injury, a decisive victory was secured for the visitors.

While the 23-year-old's role with the ball was relatively limited, as illustrated by match figures of 1-34 from 10 overs, Kohli is confident Pandya can make a significant impact in Tests and offer the balance Stokes provides to England.

2009 - The last time India's top four batsmen scored three or more centuries between them in a Test. Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli scored centuries in this match.

Donning the whites inspired Mukund who made a brilliant 81 in the second innings and narrowly missed out on what could have been a deserving maiden hundred.

Very little did Shikhar Dhawan know that he will soon steer India home in whites. "If the pain is there they'll do an MRI scan but at this stage we're just icing it and tomorrow morning we'll know more". It helped to get us enough time to get the opposition out and put enough runs on the board for us to feel comfortable. Kohli who had not gone past the score of 50 since the Test series against Australia earlier this year, looked fluent throughout the knock. He clocked 126 runs, the second-highest in the second session of a day's play for India. His 6 for 132 in the first innings was also a personal best for Pradeep, who had never previously taken five wickets in an innings. "Everyone turned up", Virat Kohli pointed out. "I said before the match that it will be a track that's good for batting".



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