Ultimately, it was mere formality on the fourth day, as Ravindra Jadeja’s sheer brilliance with the ball decimated Sri Lanka on a track that spit its venoms in Colombo.
Credit must be given to the resilient pair of Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne for their fighting tons, but their knocks were not good enough to save the side from an innings defeat.
For India, there were plenty of positives in this game, in all aspects. With the series already in India’s favor, skipper Virat Kohli will be eager to whitewash Sri Lanka now in their own backyard, and seal things for good at Colombo.
Below, we have a look at the Indian player ratings for the second Test.
- Shikhar Dhawan – 2/5:
The Indian opener had a golden chance of playing another big knock and sealing his place in the side for the long term. He began positively and was aggressive right from the start. However, a poorly executed sweep shot saw his end for just 35.
- KL Rahul – 3/5:
Rahul marked his return to international cricket in grand style with an extremely elegant knock. Like Dhawan, Rahul had his eyes set on a real big one, before a run out messed things up. However, Rahul became just the third Indian to score six half centuries on the trot.
- Cheteshwar Pujara – 4.5/5:
The batting beast was sensational yet again as he notched up yet another flawless century. Pujara now has three centuries in Sri Lanka in as many games and his run making spree in Asia remains unmatched, with an average of nearly 70.
- Virat Kohli – c – 2/5:
An off game for Kohli as a batsman, given he didn’t get the second opportunity to bat. Kohli will be flabbergasted having missed out in this test with the bat. Nevertheless, as captain, Kohli was on point with his crisp leadership again standing out.
- Ajinkya Rahane – 4.5/5:
Rahane has a distinct knack of scoring tons in the second Test of a series. He did it previously in Sri Lanka, and was again at it in this game as well. Like Pujara, the Indian vice captain was extremely fluent in his approach and his running between the wickets was a point worth praising. Batting at a healthy rate, Rahane ensured Sri Lanka had no chance of making a comeback.
- R. Ashwin – 3.5/5:
Ashwin, with every passing game is carrying his all round skills to the absolute peak. At Colombo as well, the towering off spinner was instrumental in both departments. Scoring a rapid half century, Ashwin resisted ably with the lower order on the second day. His five wicket haul in the second innings was another plus point, as he became the second ranked Indian bowler with most Test five wicket hauls.
- Wriddhiman Saha – 3.5/5:
Saha was simply superb behind the stumps and proved it yet again that why he was rated so highly in the Indian cricketing fraternity. His knock in the first innings, where he got a half century was a solid one from the team’s point of view. However, it was his ultra safe pair of gloves behind the stumps which stood out.
- Ravindra Jadeja – 4.5/5:
The Man of the Match of the second Test, was simply on a roll against a resilient Sri Lankan side. Just as the partnership between Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne was developing on the fourth morning, Jadeja struck some lethal blows to decimate Sri Lanka. Having scored a half century with the bat, a five wicket haul in the second innings was the perfect icing on the cake moment for him.
- Hardik Pandya – 3.5/5:
Despite missing out with the bat, Pandya lived up to all expectations with the ball in his hand. It wasn’t nice of the team to give him very little time in the middle as a bowler, considering he is to be tested further when the team begins its round of overseas tours. Taking two wickets with the ball, Pandya surely made a strong case for himself.
- Mohammad Shami – 3/5:
Once again proving his class as a new ball bowler, Shami was right on the money in the first innings, picking up a wicket. Despite remaining wicketless in the second innings, the Bengal pacer was accurate and would look to make the most out of a helpful surface in Kandy.
- Umesh Yadav – 3/5:
Picking up a wicket apiece in both innings, Umesh was superb for the team, like he has been in the last 12 to 15 months. It was heartening to see Yadav work out on his accuracy and iron out his flaws, which were evident in the first Test.