Another series win for Virat Kohli as a captain, as Team India won the second test match comprehensively.
India won by an innings and 53 runs to take the test series home. With this series’ win, Virat Kohli’s men have won their 8th consecutive test series.
The toss, once again, went in favour of team India as they reached the field to bat first. After winning the toss, the objective was to score as much as possible, and that was exactly what the Indian batting line-up did. Batting first, India put 622 runs on the board after a strong start from Lokesh Rahul. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane too displayed a teamwork to remember. The duo made 217 runs for the fourth wicket before Cheteshwar Pujara perished to Dimuth Karunaratne. After that, the firm lower-middle order of India helped the team reach a massive total of 622 runs.
Sri Lanka, in reply, had no answer to the spin-web created by Ravichandran Ashwin.
India restricted Sri Lanka to a mere 183 in the first innings after another five-fer from Ashwin. The innings started with a wicket under his name, and the innings ended the same way. Having a lead of an extensive 439 runs, Virat Kohli decided to enforce the follow-on. The start to Sri Lanka’s second innings was the same. However, the follow-up was completely different. A fightback from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis steadied Team India’s horses. A ton from the duo and a partnership of 192 for the second wicket by them gave the Sri Lankan camp some hope, but this was not enough. After their wicket, Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Mathews got a start but failed to capitalise it. Once again, it was the spin-web, this time created by Ravindra Jadeja, which sealed the game for India.
Ravindra Jadeja won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant all-round performance.
Stats And Trivia:
- Virat Kohli becomes the only Indian captain to win two test series in Sri Lanka.
- India have now won eight consecutive test series. They are just one series win away to equal the record of most consecutive series wins, nine by Australia.
- India won by an innings for the first time in Sri Lanka.
- Ajinkya Rahane becomes the second fastest Indian to take 50 catches in Test cricket.
- Dimuth Karunaratne becomes the only batsman to score two centuries for Sri Lanka while following on.
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