Mathews speechless after Test turnaround


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was left speechless after his side completed a remarkable turnaround to win the first Test against India by 63 runs in Galle on Saturday.

Spinner Rangana Herath took seven wickets as India were skittled out for just 112 on the fourth day as they chased a modest target of 176.

The victory was achieved after the hosts faced a deficit of 197 after both teams batted their first innings as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 183 while the visitors replied with 375.

The comeback started on the third day when, resuming on five for two, the home side batted positively to register a score of 367 in their second stint at the crease thanks largely to a brilliant 162 not out by Dinesh Chandimal.

After the match, Mathews said: "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."

The second Test of the three-match series starts in Colombo on Thursday.