GALLE: Breaking the shackles of the fate, Srilankans have comeback strongly turning around the game in their favor by winning the first test against India by 63 runs. The magical performance by Rangana Herath, who took seven wickets helped Srilanka to end Indian innings at a meager total of 112.
Srilanka, trailing for most of the time during the progress of the match turned the game around despite of being all out for just 183 runs in the first innings of the game. The hosts synced through the mighty Indian batting line-up with Herath adding six wickets to his overnight wicket of KL Rahul.
Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 36 runs was the only Indian batsman to show some resistance towards the Srilankan attack. The Centurions of the first innings Dhawan and Virat have failed to make any impact in the second innings chasing a target of 173. Dhawan took 32 balls to score his first run in the morning session of the Day 4.
On the other hand, experts blamed the behavior of the pitch which was unpredictable through out the game. The pitch helped the spinners in the beginning of the First test and eventually turned into a strip difficult to bat on
Chandimal, who was judged the man of the match for his masterclass 164 in the second innings said that the pitch was unpredictable and disappointed them in the beginning. Former Indian Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar blamed the Indian bowling for once again failing to remove the tail starting on a good note with 95/5, the NDTV reports.
Overall, it was a thriller turn-around win for Srilanka who bids farewell to their Wicket-keeper batsman Kumara Sangakkara.