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Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 2nd Test, Day 4: Visitors win by an innings and 53 runs

  • That's it from us in our coverage of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo, with the visitors completing an emphatic innings and 53-run win with a day to spare. Credit to Sri Lanka for putting up a more inspired show in their second essay, falling short of the 400-run mark by 14 runs with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis hitting centuries. However, that doesn't take anything away from the fact that the Indians once again were the superior side in this match, and were the deserving winners in the end. 

    A big thank you to all those who followed out coverage in the last four days. Do leave your feedback on our work in the comments section below to let us know if there are areas we can improve on. For now, it is time for us to bid you all goodbye, and we shall return six days from now with the third and final Test at Pallekele.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Fewest Tests to 50 catches for India:
     
    26 - Ekanth Solkar 
    39 - AJINKYA RAHANE*
    42 - VVS Laxman 
     

  • Virat Kohli (India captain): The way the wicket behaved when SL batted first, also seeing the way the pitch was getting worse, as well as the lead prompted us to enforce the follow-on. Haven't been a big fan of enforcing follow-on on a breaking wicket. We go and bat again and put some runs on the board.

    (On SL's comeback) You expect teams to come out and play like that. You start going down as a team if you expect to dominate every session.You should look forward to tough situations to improve as cricketers. You need patience. We are very happy we went through a difficult phase as well.

    (On Saha)He's right up there with the world's best. We could see his keeping today, and how agile he is. Lot of positives for us. I never knew that. It's all about taking Indian cricket ahead. 

  • Dinesh Chandimal, SL captain: To be honest, you can't control the toss. We were outplayed in the first innings, with the bat and ball. Credit to them. They batted brilliantly and put us under pressure. But happy with the way we batted in the 2nd innings. Two knocks by Kusal and Dimuth are the two positives from the game and we take forward into the next game. Angelo cannot bowl at this moment and we cannot find the right balance. Asela Gunaratane's absence has really cost us. He has been really good in the past 1 year and a half.

  • Ravindra Jadeja: First innings ball was not turning much, we were getting turn from the middle part of the wicket. Mendis played very well and played some brilliant shot and was trying to disturb us. As a team, we also played very good cricket. It has always been a challenge if a batsman is playing a sweep shot on a regular basis. 

  • Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match for his half-century in the Indian innings, as well as a five-wicket haul in the second Sri Lankan essay! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most consecutive Test series wins for captains:
     
    9 - Ricky Ponting
    8 - VIRAT KOHLI*
    7 - Steve Waugh

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India become the first visiting team to win three Tests at Colombo (SSC). 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most overseas Test wins for Indian captains:
     
    11 - Sourav Ganguly 
    6 - MS Dhoni, VIRAT KOHLI*
    5 - Rahul Dravid 

  • After 116.5 overs,Sri Lanka 386 ( Rangana Herath 17)

    Pradeep gets a leading edge off a carrom ball from Ashwin, who is into his 38th over. The Indians decide to review an unsuccessful lbw appeal in the third ball of the over, though it was pitching outside leg on this occasion. 

    OUT! Pradeep top-edges the fifth ball of the 117th over towards mid-on, where Dhawan holds on to an easy chance as the hosts fail to bat the remainder of the session out! This is India's eighth consecutive series win, and the first time they win by an innings in a Test on Sri Lankan soil! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most consecutive Test series wins for teams:
     
    9 - Australia (2005/06-2008)
    8 - England (1884-1890)
    8 - INDIA* (2015-Present)

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most Tests won by visiting teams in Sri Lanka:
     
    8 - Pakistan, INDIA* 
    7 - Australia 
    4 - England, New Zealand 

  • OUT! That's it! India win by an innings and 53 runs, and clinch the series 2-0, as Pradeep lobs the fifth ball of the 117th over towards mid-on while looking to slog it towards the leg side! SL 386 all out! 

    Pradeep c Dhawan b Ashwin 1(9)

  • After 116 overs,Sri Lanka 386/9 ( Rangana Herath 17 , Nuwan Pradeep 1)

    Pandya into his 15th over. Gets his second wicket at the start of the over as Dickwella — the last recognised batsman at the crease — guides a full delivery straight into the hands of Rahane at gully. Nuwan Pradeep, who has been ruled out for a month due to injury, arrives at the crease. Bouncer called wide for height in the fifth delivery of the over. Pradeep collects a single off the next ball. Two off the over. 

  • OUT! Second wicket for Pandya, as Dickwella steers a full delivery outside off straight to Rahane at gully to depart for 31. India now just one wicket away from completing an innings win! SL 384/9

    Dickwella c Rahane b Pandya 31(56)

  • After 115 overs,Sri Lanka 384/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 31 , Rangana Herath 17)

    Ashwin into his 37th over. Dickwella collects a double off a reverse-sweep in the third ball of the over, with Shami flicking the ball inside the rope to prevent the boundary. Takes a single in the last ball of the over to retain strike for the following over. 

  • After 114 overs,Sri Lanka 381/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 28 , Rangana Herath 17)

    Pandya into his 14th over. Off-cutter by Pandya in the fourth delivery of the over deceives Dickwella. Juse two runs scored in the over, both through singles, the second one collected by the Sri Lankan keeper as he keeps the strike for the following over.

  • After 113 overs,Sri Lanka 379/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 27 , Rangana Herath 16)

    Ashwin continues from the other end in the 113th over. Herath sweeps the fifth delivery towards deep square-leg, where Jadeja lunges forward, attempting a catch, but fails to collect the tough chance. Just one run scored off the over.

  • After 112 overs,Sri Lanka 378/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 27 , Rangana Herath 15)

    Pandya brought back into the attack in the 112th over. Dickwella lofts the first ball of the over towards the vacant deep midwicket region, getting his fourth boundary in the process. Two singles scored in the remainder of the over. 

  • FOUR! Dickwella lofts the first ball of Pandya's 13th over towards the vacant deep midwicket region! SL 376/8

  • After 111 overs,Sri Lanka 372/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 22 , Rangana Herath 14)

    Ashwin into his 35th over. Dickwella comes down the track, and drives down the ground to collect his third boundary. Reverse-sweeps the next ball towards third man, collecting a couple of runs on that occasion. Three singles off the remainder of the over. 

  • After 110 overs,Sri Lanka 363/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 14 , Rangana Herath 13)

    Another quickfire over by Jadeja, with just one run coming off it — Dickwella scoring a single in the fifth delivery. Appeal for lbw in the last ball of the over, though there might have been a bit of an inside-edge. 

  • FOUR! Pushed down the ground by Dickwella, who is producing yet another useful cameo at the moment! SL 367/8

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is the first time two Indian players have scored a fifty and taken a five-wicket haul in a same Test match - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. 

  • After 109 overs,Sri Lanka 362/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 13 , Rangana Herath 13)

    Ashwin bowls the 109th over, which turns out to be a big one for the hosts, as Herath collects three boundaries off it in a show of sweeps and reverse-sweeps! The two batsmen have decided to frustrate the Indians a little more before the inevitable defeat. 

  • FOUR! This time reverse-swept by Herath, and this is turning out to be really frustrating for Ashwin! SL 362/8

  • FOUR! Whacked away by Herath towards the midwicket fence this time! Boy is he in good nick at the moment! SL 358/8

  • FOUR! Herath sweeps the third ball of the 109th over towards the long-leg boundary! SL 354/8

  • After 108 overs,Sri Lanka 349/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 12 , Rangana Herath 1)

    Jadeja into his 38th over. Dickwella reverse-sweeps the first ball towards the point boundary, getting his second four in the process. The next four deliveries see the two batsmen reverse-sweeping away, though only one run comes off it. 

  • FOUR! Reverse-swept by Dickwella off Jadeja at the start of the 108th over! Finds the point fence on this occasion. SL 348/8

  • After 107 overs,Sri Lanka 344/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 7 , Rangana Herath 1)

    Ashwin brought back into the attack in place of Pandya, with Indian skipper Kohli now looking to wrap things up quickly with spin from both ends. Herath goes on a sweep-fest in this over, though he fails to connect on a single occasion. Maiden for Ashwin. 

  • After 106 overs,Sri Lanka 344/8 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 7 , Rangana Herath 1)

    Jadeja continues after the drinks break. De Silva gets a top-edge off a badly-executed sweep at the start of the over, with the ball landing between silly point and the bowler. Jadeja completes his five-wicket haul as de Silva gloves a back-of-length delivery to Rahane in the slips, bringing his cameo to an end. Just one run and a wicket off the over.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wickets for Ravindra Jadeja in a calendar year in Tests:
     
    44 - 2017*
    43 - 2016 
    30 - 2013

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most 5-fors by Indian left-arm spinners in Tests:
     
    14 - Bishen Bedi 
    9 - RAVINDRA JADEJA*
    8 - Vinoo Mankand

  • OUT! Superb catch by Rahane in the slips, and that is the end of Dhananjaya de Silva! The batsman pushed his bat forward to defend a back-of-length delivery from Jadeja, and ended up gloving it. Umpire Oxenford decides to review the catch, with 'OUT' as the soft signal, and the TV umpire decides its out as well. SL 343/8

    Dhananjaya c Rahane b Jadeja 17(17)

  • After 105 overs,Sri Lanka 343/7 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 7 , Dhananjaya de Silva 17)

    Change of angle for Pandya, as he goes round the wicket to Dickwella in the 105th over. A full-pitched delivery in the third ball narrowly misses the leg stump, with Dickwella failing to connect in an attempted flick. Slower ball by Pandya in the fifth delivery, deceiving Dickwella completely. Maiden for Pandya, his second consecutive. The umpire calls for drinks at the end of this over.

  • After 104 overs,Sri Lanka 343/7 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 7 , Dhananjaya de Silva 17)
     

    Dhananjaya de Silva moves to double figures in no time, getting a hat-trick of boundaries in the first three deliveries of Jadeja's 36th over, bringing the deficit down to less than 100 in the process. 12 off the over, another expensive one by Jadeja. 

  • FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for de Silva! Paddle sweeps the third ball of the over, with the ball running away to the fine-leg fence! SL 343/7

  • FOUR! Swept away towards the backward square-leg fence by de Silva off Jadeja's bowling! SL 335/7

  • FOUR! Punched away through the off-side by de Silva off Jadeja this time! Brave display by the No 9 batsman so far! SL 339/7

  • After 103 overs,Sri Lanka 331/7 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 7 , Dhananjaya de Silva 5)

    Pandya collects a maiden in the 103rd over, his first in the 11 overs that he has bowled so far. 

  • After 102 overs,Sri Lanka 331/7 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 7 , Dhananjaya de Silva 5)

    Dhananjaya de Silva, the new batsman at the crease, gets off the mark with a powerful sweep that sends the ball travelling like a rocket towards the cow-corner boundary for a four. Two singles scored in the remainder of the over, with six coming off it. 

  • FOUR! Swept away by new batsman Dhananjaya de Silva towards the cow-corner fence in the second ball of the 102nd over! SL 329/7

  • After 101 overs,Sri Lanka 325/7 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 6 , Dhananjaya de Silva 0)

    Dickwella slices the first ball of the over towards the third man boundary, collecting the first boundary of his innings. Those are the only runs scored in the over, with four coming off it. 

  • FOUR! Dickwella continues to attack despite the flurry of wickets, slicing the full delivery from Pandya outside off towards third man. SL 325/7

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Saha really is the star of this innings. Terrific stumping to get rid of Lanka's 7th wicket, Perera. Keeping to Jadeja on such a pitch is very tough and Saha has done superbly.

  • After 100 overs,Sri Lanka 321/7 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 2 , Dhananjaya de Silva 0)

    End of the 100th over of the Sri Lankan innings, with Perera getting stumped off Jadeja's bowling, perishing after shuffling down the ground and missing the ball in his slog. Just one run and a wicket off that over. 

  • OUT! Perera shuffles down the track, looking for a big hit, but the ball spins away from the batsman and results in his stumping! Fourth wicket for Jadeja! SL 321/7

    Perera st Saha b Jadeja 4(10)

Pradeep gets a leading edge off a carrom ball from Ashwin, who is into his 38th over. The Indians decide to review an unsuccessful lbw appeal in the third ball of the over, though it was pitching outside leg on this occasion. Pradeep top-edges the fifth ball of the 117th over towards mid-on, where Dhawan holds on to an easy chance as the hosts fail to bat the remainder of the session out! This is India's eighth consecutive series win, and the first time they win by an innings in a Test on Sri Lankan soil! 

Day 3 review: Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne dominated the third session as Sri Lanka posted 209/2 in their second innings to trail by 230 runs after being forced to follow on by India at the end of the third day of the second Test here on Saturday.

Mendis scored 110 runs before medium-pacer Hardik Pandya dismissed him at the fag end of the day's play, thanks to an excellent diving effort by wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. Mendis hit 17 boundaries over the course of his 135-ball innings.

His partnership of 191 runs with Karunaratne helped steady the Lankan innings after the early dismissal of opener Upul Tharanga.

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli. Agencies

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli. Agencies

Karunaratne was batting on 92 at stumps with Malinda Pushpakumara on 2 at the other end. Karunaratne's unbeaten knock off 200 balls was laced with 12 boundaries.

For India, Pandya returned figures of 1/12.

The hosts had been dismissed for 183 in their first innings, handing the Indians a lead of 439.

With Indian captain Virat Kohli deciding to enforce the follow on, the Lankans started their second innings after lunch and straight away ran into trouble.

Umesh Yadav tasted success in the third over of the innings when Tharanga was beaten by an incoming delivery that rattled the stumps. Yadav had figures of 1/29 in his nine overs by the end of the day.

Karunaratne was batting comfortably, dispatching the ball to the boundary at regular intervals.

Mendis on the other hand, started a bit shakily, and was lucky to survive when a diving Shikhar Dhawan was unable to hold on to a catch at mid-on off Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling.

The right-hander however, soon settled down and started to find the gaps regularly, hitting boundaries off two consecutive deliveries during Ashwin's next over.

Earlier, Ashwin clinched a five-wicket haul as the Lankans were bowled for 183 runs in the first innings to hand India a massive lead of 439 runs at lunch.

Ashwin ended up with figures of 5/69 in 16.4 overs. Fast bowler Mohammed Shami bowled superbly for figures of 2/13 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned 2/84. Umesh Yadav also bagged a wicket.

This is the 26th five-wicket haul for Ashwin in Test cricket, achieving the feat in his 51st appearance in the longest format of the game. He is placed second in the all-time list among Indian bowlers. Former leg-spinner Anil Kumble is at the top spot with 35 hauls from 132 Test matches.

Harbhajan Singh is third with 25 hauls from 103 Tests, the legendary Kapil Dev is placed fourth with 23 from 131 while B.S. Chandrashekhar has 16 from 58.

This is also the third-highest first innings lead for India. The highest is 492 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2007 while the lead of 478 runs against West Indies in the Kolkata Test of 2011 is second on the list.

Niroshan Dickwella was the highest scorer among the Lankans in their first outing with a quickfire 51 runs off 48 deliveries which included seven boundaries and a six.

Resuming the day at 50/2, Sri Lanka lost wickets in quick succession. Quite a few of the Lankan batsmen managed to get decent starts but were unable to convert them into big scores.

Chandimal and Mendis departed shortly after the start of the day's play before Dickwella and Angelo Mathews managed to hold the Indian bowlers at bay for a short while with a 53-run stand.

However, that only proved to be a short respite for the hosts and as soon as both departed in consecutive overs, the Indian bowlers were back on top.

The rest of the Lankan batsmen could not last on a pitch which was taking quite a bit of turn as the Indians tightened their grip on the match.

With inputs from IANS




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6412 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119

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