Sri Lanka may have produced a late fightback, but there was little they could do to prevent India from sailing to a massive innings-and-53-run win in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo on Sunday.
Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and Kusal Mendis (110) put on a partnership worth 191 that brought the Sri Lankans back on their feet, with the hosts reaching 209/2 at stumps on Day 3. However, Ravindra Jadeja rediscovered his rhythm later in the day, and finished with figures of 5/152, playing a central role in bowling the opposition out for 386. Jadeja was later awarded the Man of the Match' for his all-round efforts, having struck an unbeaten 70 during the Indian innings.
The victory gave India an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series, with Virat Kohli's team having beaten Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at Galle. The final match of the series will be played in Pallekele, one which will have no meaning for the hosts other than pride.
Let us now take a look at how the Indian victory was received in the cyberspace, with a special focus on microblogging website Twitter. Following is a curated list of tweets on the topic:
Whatever happened to Sri Lankan cricketer-turned-commentator Russel Arnold's claim of 'allowing' India to win heavily at Galle:
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 6, 2017
Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif too joined in on the chorus congratulating the Indian team.
Then there were the likes of popular cricket presenter Harsha Bhogle as well as other members of the media fraternity:
Well, eventually India go up 2-0 and get the series. Had to work hard but the better team won
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 6, 2017
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 6, 2017