India defeat Sri Lanka by an inning and 53 runs on the penultimate day of Colombo test match. Ravindra Jadeja was declared man of the match for his 70 runs in first inning and 7 wickets in the match. This series win is eighth consecutive series win for India and Virat Kohli’s second in Sri Lanka. He became first Indian captain to defeat Sri Lanka twice in their backyard in test series.
As the fourth day of the test approached, Sri Lanka had a herculean task at their hands. India enforcing the follow on after gaining a mammoth 439 run lead in the first inning virtually knocked Sri Lanka out. However,this didn’t hamper Sri Lankan spirit as they came fighting back with tons from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis.
Fall Of The Hosts
Starting the day at 209 for 2, Sri Lanka were in a position to make India bat again. Malinda Pushpakumara – the night watchman played well, facing 58 deliveries and adding 16 runs to the total. He was cleaned off by Ravichandran Ashwin when he tried an extravagant reverse sweep. Sri Lanka’s hope of a fightback were dealt a huge blow when captain Dinesh Chandimal was removed by Ravindra Jadeja for just a score of 2. This end meant another failure for Sri Lankan skipper.
Angelo Mathews came to the crease with a mission to save his country from a big defeat. He and Karunaratne added 69 runs before Karunaratne was finally dismissed by a great delivery of Ravindra Jadeja. His inning surely was one of few positives for the hosts in an alarming defeat. It was only a matter of time before India wrapped whatever was left of Sri Lankan batting, along with Mathews. Mathews was caught by Saha of the bowling of Jadeja. His wicket was more of Saha than of Jadeja. Saha did exceptionally well to gather a thick edge off a ball which turned and bounced enormously. Sri Lanka were clearly haunted by the pitch which was created by themselves. Ravichandran Ashwin took the last wicket in form of a visibly hurt Pradeep. Sri Lanka did manage to gather some respect with a good approach towards a long gone match in the second inning.
This was yet another clinical performance by Virat Kohli’s men. They were put under pressure by the hosts for a session and a half in this match. Their response was what you expect from the number one team in the world. Batting is undoubtedly the strongest aspect of their game. Bowlers too, have found it easy to take 20 wickets per game in Indian subcontinent. Indian team will have to prove themselves outside of the Indian subcontinent before they can be considered one of the greatest teams in the history of the game. One setback for India was suspension of Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja was suspended for the third Test at Pallekele by the International Cricket Council for code of conduct breach. This could come in as a blessing in disguise for young Kuldeep Yadav who hasn’t been selected in the 11 for the first match. Kuldeep was India’s best bowler in the Windies tour. India will be looking to rotate some players in the third match with the series already in the bag.