Pradeep takes five, but India surpass 500

IndvsSL Test LIVE: Indian team in a strong position, Eyes on Pujara's double-hundred

India's captain Virat Kohli, center, leaves the ground with his teammates after their win in the first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 29, 2017. At stumps on the first day, Team India scores 399 runs on three wickets.

India only needed to take eight wickets in the second innings to wrap up the match as Herath and Asela Gunaratne were unfit to bat due to hand injuries. "You can not utilise so much energy in that but it always feels good to score runs especially when the team wins", Kohli, who scored 103 not out, added.

Pujara batted for more than six hours and faced 265 deliveries in an innings sprinkled with 13 boundaries, but despite him departing early on Day 2 to end a 137-run stand with Rahane, India's tail added plenty more.

Their fate was sealed soon after Karunaratne was clean bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin forshort of a deserving hundred as Sri Lanka's sixth wicket.

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Not for the first time in his career, Ashwin began finding the gaps nearly as soon as he walked in, and took three fours from successive Herath overs, twice driving him through the off side and once stepping out to clip him between midwicket and mid-on. Two balls later, Virat Kohli took a great catch at leg slip and accounted for Nuwan Pradeep (0) as well.

In the process, India recorded their biggest away win, in terms of run-margin, while it's Sri Lanka's biggest defeat at home. Abhinav Mukund scored 81.

Mathews, who struggled initially against Ashwin, on 32 surviving an lbw decision reviewed by India when ball-tracking returned an umpire's call verdict, slowly grew in assurance, and ended the day batting on 54 with Dilruwan Perera for company. When I have some time in between Tests, and if I'm not a part of the IPL, I prefer to go and play some county cricket.

India have stretched their lead to 498 and when they come to bat on Day Four, they will definitely look to set a target in excess of 600 and put the hosts under enormous pressure.

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What was most impressive about the right-arm pacer's wickets was that he managed to dismiss four out of India's top five batsmen. Virat Kohli played a phenomenal inning and scored his 17th Test century. "There is a very healthy competition from the opening spot in the side, and it keeps me on my toes", Dhawan who was adjudged the man-of-the-match said. However, the bowlers of India are really doing well and it has been expected that this day will be in the favor of India only.

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav both made early breakthroughs before the spin twins took over to finish the job.

Kohli brought up the knock on day four of the Test and this knock bettered his Test average to 50.02.

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