Sri Lanka reach 85/2 at lunch after Kohli ton

27 Jul 2017 | 02:04 PM Live cricket score India vs Sri Lanka first Test match Day 2

With the win, India have now taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

India tightened their grip on the fourth morning of the opening cricket Test by setting a mammoth 550-run target and then took two Sri Lankan wickets as the hosts huffed and puffed to 85/2 at lunch at the Galle International Stadium here on Saturday.

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

Popular perceptions do not perturb him, which is the reason why India skipper Virat Kohli does not believe in counting the number of innings in which he had a dry run.

He emerged stronger, mounted a fine comeback and when India and Sri Lanka play at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club Ground from Thursday, it will be his 50th Test. Pujara spoke to the media here on Sunday evening, his eyes lighting up whenever the word "runs" was mentioned.

The Indian Captain Virat Kohli may have fail to pass on in the primary innings. yet he quickly made up by squashing an awe inspiring century in the second innings.

Admitting that Sri Lanka needed to come out with better plans against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the stand-in captain rued bringing Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, India's Pacers, into the equation. Herath left the field after injuring his left middle finger while fielding on Friday and didn't come out to bat on Saturday. You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play worldwide cricket again, you have some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game.

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"In Sri Lanka, we get to bat a lot against spinners".

"The surface didn't offer much".

In reply Sri Lanka were shot out for 291 runs with Perera top scoring with an unbeaten 92 after opener Upul Tharanga (64) and former skipper Angelo Mathews (83) hit half centuries. "We couldn't get him to open either because the openers were already there, that's why we got Kusal to four for this Test". Shikhar Dhawan was the player of the match for his first innings score of 190 off only 168 balls.

Kohli scored 103 off 136 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, while Rahane made 23 off 18 deliveries, which included two boundaries. "We will look back and try to improve on especially not letting the lower order to get away with few runs and there are some things which we can identify and work on".

"I was in Hong Kong actually on holiday and from there I flew back to India and joined the team".

"I couldn't. I couldn't go and ask him (Shastri)".

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