India once again showed their supremacy after sealing three-match series with an innings and 53 runs victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday.
Virat Kohli used the same blueprint which he used in the first match and opted to bat first after winning the toss.The visitors batsmen were in no mood to hand host any advantage and post a mammoth 622 for the loss of nine wickets.The stars of the show was Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, as the duo added 217 runs for the fourth wicket to put their team in commanding position.
Pujara finished the innings with the top score of 133 off 232 with the help of 11 boundaries, whereas Rahane finished with 132 off 222 with the help of 14 glorious fours.All-rounder Ravendra Jadeja (70 not out) and wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (67) made valuable contribution lower down the order to help the team’s cause as well.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, as he claimed four wickets and gave away 154 runs in 42 overs.After two days in the field, Sri Lanka were clearly struggling to cope up with the pressure of huge total on the board, and only managed to score 183 in the first innings, as no one other than Niroshan Dickwella (51) made any valuable contribution with the bat.
For India, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the star as he claimed five wickets in 16.4 overs to rattle the hosts. India captain Kohli enforced follow-on and Dinesh Chandimal’s men put up a far better show with the bat, Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and Kusal Mendis’ (110) centuries.
However, after their stern resistance, Sri Lanka once again could not cope up with the Indian spin attack and were eventually bowled out for 386. Jadeja was the star on the fourth day, as he claimed five for 152 in 39 overs, whereas Ashwin picked two for 132 in 37.5 overs.
Jadeja for his all-round performance was awarded man of the match. The final match of the series will start from August 12 in Pallekele.