On the second day, Abhinav had forced himself into the game, pulling off a sharp run out and taking a stunning catch under the helmet to keep himself active in the game after a first-innings failure. "Sri Lanka have a lot to think about on how to get batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane out". Skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 103.
Kohli though felt that his team came up with a "clinical performance", he said there was still room for improvement.
Earlier, India declared their second innings at 240/3, setting a victory target of 550 for Sri Lanka. For Sri Lanka, it was their biggest defeat (in terms of runs), surpassing their 301-run loss against Pakistan in 1994. We've got all four openers firing now. Niroshan Dickwella (67) top-edged off Ashwin for Wriddhiman Saha to hold on to an easy catch behind the stumps.
Regular opener Lokesh Rahul missed the match in Galle because he was suffering from the flu but is expected to be available for the next game, meaning someone has to miss out.
Dilruwan Perera's arrival as the last recognized batsman left the game on the brink of an India win. This is the biggest-ever Test win overseas by India in terms of runs.
Sri Lanka needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over.
It was Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami running in at full steam and shooting down one thunderbolt after the other with surgical precision. However once Karunaratne was bowled off the inside edge trying to sweep Ashwin, the innings fizzled to a quick close. "And we've just gone out there and focused on the game and that's all you think of doing and that's all that we're going to do in the future", said Kohli as a matter of fact. They were good in that and we took more risks. Most Promisingly it unveils the scored at a brisk rate with the Sri Lankan bowlers having little answer on the most ideal approach to stop India's run-machine. India had an advantage due to ill health of Sri Lanka pair Asela Gunaratne and Rangana Herath.
Virat Kohli has equaled his franchise team-mate AB De Villiers' record to become only the third Indian and tenth overall batsman to score 45 global centuries across all formats, he has 17 centuries to his name in Test matches while he has scored 28 in One Day Internationals, he is only behind Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) in terms of most centuries by a batsman in ODIs.