Dinesh Chandimal was the star of the Sri Lankan batting line-up © AFP
Dinesh Chandimal was the star of the Sri Lankan batting line-up © AFP

Sri Lanka’s match-winner Dinesh Chandimal appreciated the contribution made by everybody in the Sri Lanka’s win against India in the first Test at Galle. Chandimalade made a match-winning 162 not out in the second innings of the Test, which helped Sri Lanka win by 63 runs. Chandimal also acknowledged that it was a wonderful gesture on the part of the players and the fans to give an apt send off to Kumar Sangakkara. Sangakkara played his final Test at Galle and scored 40 in his final innings there. After the match he went around the stadium and acknowledged the fans, who had come to pay tribute to him. A couple of players in fact carried him on their shoulders for a brief while. READ: Rangana Herath spins out India with 7/48 as Sri Lanka win 1st Test at Galle by 63 runs

Rangana Herath took 7 for 48 to clean India out for just 112 as Sri Lanka pulled off a fantastic 63-run win from behind. Dinesh Chandimal turned the game on its head on Day Three with a fantastic unbeaten 162, and Herath bowled a treacherous spell on Day Four to complete one of the most memorable victories for Sri Lanka in recent times. The situation was very different at lunch on the third day. After India reduced Sri Lanka to 95 for 5, Chandimal played the innings of his life to take the attack to India’s bowlers. Having given Sri Lanka a 176-run total to defend, Herath then came to the party. He accounted for the wickets of KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ajinkya Rahane. READ: Kumar Sangakkara bids farewell to Galle after memorable win for Sri Lanka

The second Test at Colombo begins on August 20, which will be Sangakkara’s final match in international cricket. READ: Angelo Mathews credits Sri Lanka for a brave performance against India in 1st Test at Galle