What a Turn-Around at Galle! Concluding Comments from the ESPN Recording Team

From ESPNcricinfo

kumar and kohli Kumar Sangakkara is congratulated by Virat Kohli, Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, August 15, 2015 ©Associated Press

Sangakkara receives a memento, and that is all from the presentation. That is all for now from us, you can also WATCH the highlights from this game (excluding Canada and Sri Lanka). Good bye

Angelo Mathews: “What a turnaround. I am speechless, Great effort. Was a poor batting performance in the first innings. but we came back. Chandimal was outstanding, he single-handedly got us to a fighting score. The wicket was pretty demanding, we were down and out for three and a half days. We have good quality spinners, just go out there and try to be positive, bowl in good areas. They had three spinners and the wicket was turning quite a lot. We had to play positively, we had to play our shots, sweeps, reverse sweeps.”

Virat Kohli: “We got no one to blame but ourselves (watch India’s collapse here). Credit to Angelo and his team. We failed to capitalise after taking the first five wickets (in the second innings), we should have finished the game in that session, one bad session and the game can turn, that is how Test cricket is. Rangana Herath is an outstanding bowler, he put our batsmen under pressure. It behaved strangely it looked hard on the frst morning. Angelo chose to bat, it started spinning, in our first innings it played nicely, we got a good total. We through it would get more difficult , the way Dinesh and the others batted, they kept Sri Lanka in the hunt.

Dinesh Chandimal is the Man of the Match for his counter-attacking century: “It was not an easy wicket to bat on. I tried reverse-sweeps and sweeps. I thought I could put some pressure on the bowlers. I tried to rotate the strike. Credit goes to Sangakkara, Mathews, Thirimanne and Mubarak as well. They batted well. I thought 175-plus might be a good total. (Herath) is outstanding. We all know he is a legend.” You can watch Herath’s seven wickets here.

There have been so many question marks over the next generation of Sri Lanka batsmen. How fitting that the greatest Sri Lanka batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, has been given a winning sendoff at Galle set up by one of the most thrilling counterattacks in recent Test history, from young Dinesh Chandimal. Couple of teammates hoist Sanga onto their shoulders and take him on a victory lap as Galle stands up and applauds the departing legend.

India had to make 176. The margin of defeat tells you how poorly they batted, and how well Sri Lanka bowled. Yes, it was the fourth innings, but it was a day-four pitch, and there was nothing unplayable about it.

Rangana Herath: “What a wonderful comeback. Getting out for 183, we had a bad time in the first innings but we recovered well. Chandimal and his partnerships. What I thought is I need to give my best. I gave my 100 percent, that is why I succeeded I guess. Even last evening I had a chat with our spin coach. We did realise something. That is the reason for this success. I am carrying bit of an injury as well. My knees are a bit sore. But you have to give 100 percent when you are playing for your country. Even at 37 I am competing with the younger guys. Before the fourth innings, what the captain said was this can be a turnaround game.”

imran ulhaq: “History will never produce the substitute of Great Sanga “The Double Century Specialist””

Mark: “Quite a sobering lesson for Kohli as captain. From dominating 2 and a half days to losing the test within about 2 sessions….the perks of Test captaincy.”

Ram: “This is a Disturbing loss. I didn’t see a fight. From this Indian side”



Watch – The final wicket and Sri Lanka’s celebration

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