India vs Sri Lanka: It Was A Clinical Performance, Says Virat Kohli

Sri Lanka cricket captain Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal play football during a training session at Galle International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. The first Test between SL and Indian cricket team will begin on Wednesday

India vs Sri Lanka: It Was A Clinical Performance, Says Virat Kohli

As India thrashed Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle on Saturday in the first Test to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, Ravichandran Ashwin, who played his 50th Test and took three wickets for 65 runs on Day 4, said that the country's interest comes first and not any personal achievements.

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

Dickwella was given out, caught behind, in the 62nd over, and when a thick inside edge accounted for Karunaratne on 97, India eased home.

"We lost a Test we should have won in 2015".

Should Virat Kohli have enforced follow-on on the third day of the Galle Test? "About Dinesh Chandimal, there's no confirmation, but I expect him to play the next game", added the stand-in skipper.

"From that point of view I would say that we had a pretty good game. Never thought I would get here". Kohli expressed pleasure that his team had become adept at the art of winning Test matches on flat tracks.

Asked about having (batting or bowling) substitutes for players who suffer injuries during the course of a match, Herath replied: "If there is an option, we would love to have that".

Electing to bat, India posted 600 runs after marathon tons from opener Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Chateshwar Pujara (153) set the tone for a big score.

The skipper not only praised Pandya's bowling performance in the second innings but also his debut half-century in the tests. I wasn't certainly looking at things like how many innings I haven't scored because when you are playing all formats, you don't think which format you have not scored runs in how many innings.

The 28-year-old Delhi stalwart was going through a patchy form and had scored only 46 runs in his last three Tests and was eager to return back to his supreme self.

Kohli and Ravi Shastri started their second stint on a wonderful note.

"Plus they know what they have to do on the pitch to get people out now which is the most important factor".

With this win, the Virat Kohli behemoth just keeps rolling on. Wicket Keeper Niroshan Dickwella and Karunarathne steadied the inning to reach 192/4 at tea. "He deserved a hundred as well", Kohli said after the match.

It needed a smart review from India to break the partnership as Mendis (36, 71b, 3x4) nicked one off Jadeja, with Angelo Mathews (2, 10b) then gifting his wicket away with a awful shot.

A well-oiled Team India will now travel to Colombo and come August 3, with the series at sight, Kohli might just switch on the autopilot mode.

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