Sri Lanka's struggle continues in Galle Test vs India (Lead Lunch Report)

Nuwan Pradeep was Sri Lanka's most economical bowler on a disastrous opening day

Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly as they helped the visitors beat Sri Lanka by mammoth 304 runs in the first Test here on Saturday.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne and stumper Niroshan Dickwella steadied Sri Lanka after they lost two quick wickets just after lunch, to reach 192/4 at tea on the penultimate day of the opening cricket Test against India here on Saturday.

Chasing 550 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 245 runs.

The left-arm spinner then picked up his second wicket of the innings when he got rid of Rangana Herath for nine, with Ajinkya Rahane taking the catch at slip.

Karunaratne enhanced his reputation as a specialist in the second innings - where he now averages 42.14 as against 27.32 in the first - with 97, while Dickwella contributed a skittish 67 to a fifth-wicket stand of 101.

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"We have to see how he is going to come up in the next couple of days because his finger is pretty sore", Gurusinha said of Herath's condition. For India, Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets, while Jadeja and Ashwin took 3 wickets each.

Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli may be closing in on Sourav Ganguly's feat of 21 Test victories as skipper, but the former Indian captain believes that Kohli's abilities as a leader can only be assessed when India tours countries like England, South Africa, and Australia.

India took a 1-0 lead in the 3-Test rubber in Galle.

The India captain, who went unbeaten on 76 at stumps on the third evening, started tapping for singles and doubles, before latching on a Dilruwan Perera delivery to clobber over midwicket for six to move to 89. We bowled badly, fielded badly and batted badly in the first innings.

India's win helped them extend their lead at the top of the ICC's Test rankings and they could grab a lead of up to 15 rankings points if results go their way over the coming weeks. Sounds like Sri Lanka are not much prepared for their Home Ground Match Against Indians. Gunaratne broke his hand in three places while trying to take Shikhar Dhawan's catch in the first innings. First, Rohit Sharma posted a picture of an intense Federation Internationale de Football Association session with his teammates and then it was the turn of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who took to micro-blogging site Twitter and shared pictures of him and opener KL Rahul relaxing by the pool. "Never thought I would get here". "You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play worldwide cricket again, you've some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game", Pujara added. From a doubtful starter, Pujara had made himself one of the first names on the team sheet again.

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