"We should have bowled better". Compared to the general wicket prepared at the venue over the years, this one was more suited to the batsmen.
Speaking after India's win over Sri Lanka Kohli lauded the young allrounder after a debut which saw him whack a fifty at over a run a ball. But Ashwin and Jadeja ensured that the resistance was finally broken in the 77th over as Jadeja sent back Lahiru Kumara for a duck to ensure a winning start for India. While Ashwin finished with 3/65, Jadeja had figures of 3/71.
India captain Virat Kohli completed his 17th Test ton yesterday and then let his bowlers demolish injury-hit Sri Lanka to claim a 304-run victory inside four days in the first Test. But luck ran out for Mendis when DRS came to India's rescue.
"We have scored enough runs and we've got five wickets today", Pujara said. Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis (36) negated the Indian attack to take Sri Lanka to 85 for two at the end of the first session. "The reason is it gives me exposure of playing in different conditions and facing different bowlers", Pujara said.
But Niroshan Dickwella refused to throw it away and chose to grind it out.
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Set a daunting 550 to win, Dimuth Karunaratne made 97 for Sri Lanka, but after his departure in the final session their hopes sank in Galle. "He wasn't available to bat or bowl and that was a huge blow for us".
It was an important knock for Kohli who warmed up for the rest of the series after missing out in the first innings.
Karunaratne's vigil was ended when he was castled by Ashwin before he and spin twin Jadeja wrapped up the tail. And once Karunaratne had been dismissed, it was all a matter of time before India sealed the deal.
Ajinkya Rahane (23) signalled India's intentions with a couple of boundaries in the 49th over while Virat Kohli (103 not out) slammed a six in the next over to get into the 90s. "It is good to have guys scoring runs", he said.
Earlier, after India declared their second innings at 240/3, the new ball duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav dealt two quick blows in the form of Upul Tharanga (10) and Danushka Gunathilaka (2) respectively to reduce the home side to 85/2 at the lunch break. The Virat Kohli-led side, put up a fantastic performance and dominated the match right from day one to clinically despatch their opponents.