About the Match
After dominating the hosts at Galle, India collapsed to lose the thrilling contest by 63 runs; it was disappointing for Indians fans but Sri Lanka rejoiced as Galle gave a fitting goodbye to Sangakkara, playing his penultimate test match. Sri Lanka will now face India in the 2nd test at Colombo from 20th August and gears up to gift the perfect farewell to the legendary player; although it’s an emotional time for them, the Lankans will be doubly motivated to deny the Indians even a glimmer of hope. The visitors on the other hand will try to bounce back and draw level to make it all the more challenging for the hosts in the upcoming match.
Sangakkara looks good to finish off his test career on a high although the first test didn’t see him come out with powerful strokes; except Mathews and Chandimal, the others succumbed to Ashwin's intelligent spell. However, the 2nd innings saw Chandimal post an unbeaten 162 runs to take the total to a respectable 367.
Rangana Herath then struck with 7 quick wickets, giving away less than 3 runs per over to demolish the opponents in a surprise turn of events that saw Sri Lanka win by a thumping margin. Kaushal was splendid with 8 wickets in total while Pradeep and Prasad were effective too in containing the hard-hitting Indian brigade.
The team has done well to win the first match after a batting collapse in the first innings; if the top order succeeds to click, they will definitely come out trumps in the crucial match to win the series.
Virat's men failed to chase a lowly total of 176 runs in the 2nd innings and surrendered to the hosts in a shocking way; except for Dhawan and Rahane, the others were each dismissed for 10 runs or less and the famed batting line-up consisting of stalwarts like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rahane and Dhawan was demolished for just 112 runs.
In the first innings, Dhawan had scored 134 runs and Kohli steered to a well-made 103; it looked like an easy win on the cards but ended in a humiliating defeat. Ashwin's 6 wicket haul at the start pumped up their chances while Mishra provided good support both times; Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron are doing well while Harbhajan Singh needs to work on his spin magic.
Dhawan is out due to injury and this leaves Pujara and Rahul to open the innings; Rohit Sharma needs to take his responsibility at no.3 more seriously while players like Rahane must come out all guns blazing if they want to outwit the Lankans.
It's a tricky situation for India which is struggling with injury issues and out of form players but they can bounce back to draw level. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has received a major morale boost with the victory and with an added determination to send-off Sangakkara on a high note. India dominated the first test and the visitors look better placed to win the next match and take the series.