India won the first test match hands down. It was a fantastic match to watch. India hit a massive 600 in the first innings. Dhawan missed his double century by ten runs. Pujara hit 156. The other contributions were fairly good as well. A couple of half-centuries from Pandya and Rahane. It was a good first session. Sri Lanka succumbed to pressure, putting 291 on the board. Questions were being raised - Should Kohli have insisted on a follow on? India put on 240 in the second innings. Kohli got his century. Facing a target of 549, Sri Lanka managed to put on only 245 on the board. India won by 304 runs. It was a true blue day for every Indian Fan. Celebrations were jubilant.
The second test is now around the corner. Let’s take a look at the winning lineup for the first test. Congratulations Rajesh Raju.
Cheteshwar Pujara -120
Angelo Mathews -66.5
Ajinkya Rahane -56
Shikhar Dhawan -162
Abhinav Mukund -73.5
Niroshan Dickwella -71.5
Ravindra Jadeja -113.5
Dilruwan Perera -122
Umesh Yadav -43
R Ashwin -115.5
Nuwan Pradeep -102.5
Prince Singh came second. He had Virat Kohli too on his lineup.
Now, India will want to repeat this stupendous performance. New Coach Ravi Shastri would be fairly pleased with his boys and would expect consistency through the visit in Sri Lanka. While it is not wise to break a winning combination, the current Indian Squad is filled with really good talent. The captain is not going to have an easy time picking a squad.India’s Probable eleven include Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Ashwin, Pandy, Shami and Yadav. Jadeja took three wickets. Shami - two.
From Sri Lanka, Nuwan Pradeep who took 6 wickets will be in. Tharanga (64), Mathews (83), and Perera (92) are in too. Karunaratne’s 97 in the second innings reduced the defeat margin significantly. Apart from Dickwala, no one else contributed much.
Let’s take a look at our fantasy lineupBatsmen
What do you think?
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