Indian bowlers bundled out Sri Lanka 134, and notched up their first Test win since the Lord’s Test last year, and captain Virat Kohli finally tested victory after fifth Tests of captaincy. After conceding the first Test at Galle. India since from the first day were in firm control of the match. India scored 393 and 325 in the match got 87 runs lead as Sri Lanka were all out for 306.
India could win the match before lunch, but a brisk shower forced umpires to call lunch time. Sri Lanka was decimated by R Ashwin and Co. 130 for 9.
A solid team performance from both batting and fielding and bowling departments helped India to notch up this remarkable victory. R. Ashwin, the man who took 5 for 42, utilized well the rough of the crease and got a good bounce that mingled with his intelligent bowling was clueless to Sri Lanka batsmen.
India’s second innings total held to get a mammoth lead of 412. Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon lost two wickets, including the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, who played his last international cricket match.
Starting the fifth and last day’s business Umesh Yadav gave India day’s first strike as Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was acrobatically caught by stand-in wicket-keeper KL Rahul. Yadav strike released Virat tension.
The morning was not a nightmare for Sri Lanka as they collapsed like a pack of cards as they lost 7 wickets for mere 41 runs. Off-spinner R Ashwin once again wrecked havoc on Sri Lankan batting line up in the series. This time the impact is more. Yesterday afternoon he took the wicket of R Ashwin for four times in the series, and today morning he took four more wickets before umpire call lunch to take his tally to five wickets. His four wickets and got outstanding assistance from two fast bowlers- Ishant Sharma Umesh Yadav and leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
Amit Mishra brilliant bowled out last match’s hero Dinesh Chandimal with swirling leg spin. He took two more wickets as he trapped Tharindu Kaushal LBW. He trapped last two wickets and ensured India first win on foreign soil after one year. The last man was Dushmantha Chameera.
Jehan Mubarak was caught by captain Virat Kohli off Ishant Sharma delivery.
Brief-Score: Sri Lanka 306 and 134 (Dimuth Karunaratne 46, R Ashwin 5-42) lost to India 393 and 325 for 8 dec by 278 runs.