Match Over - India won by innings and 53 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
  • Referee: RB Richardson
  • When: 03 Aug 2017, 06:30 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: RA Jadeja

Umpires

  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: BNJ Oxenford
  • Third Umpire: RK Illingworth

183/10

 

Overs: 49.4 / 0.0

Sri Lanka

622/9

 

Overs: 158.0 / 0.0

India

2.40pm Eight days - that's all India needed to secure the series with one Test to go. Spare a thought for Dimuth Karunaratne, who made a resolute 141 - the third-highest score by a Sri Lankan when following on. Spare a thought for the sweep-happy Kusal Mendis who made a thrilling hundred on this turner. The end, however, was rather swift for the hosts in the post-lunch session. Jadeja struck thrice in three overs to dismiss Karunaratne, Mathews, and Dilruwan Perera. All three batsmen had been undone by ripping deliveries. Jadeja went onto claim his ninth five-wicket haul, and second away from home. Dickwella and Herath then engaged in sweeps and reverse-sweeps to frustrate India before Pandya and Ashwin provided the coup de grâce. India take their second successive series on the island with this innings-and-53-run victory.

Jadeja, Man of the Match: In the first innings, the ball was not turning that much. When we came onto bowl, we got turn from the middle part of the wicket. Mendis played very well and played some brilliant shots. Yeah, they batted very well. As a spinner, it is always a challenge when a batsman plays a sweep shot on a regular basis. We have to change our field and line and length.

Chandimal: To be honest, you can't control the toss. We were outplayed with bat and the ball in the first innings. But I was happy with the way we played in the second innings. We just want to take positives from this game. Kusal and Dimuth played some really good cricket.You can tell now (In hindsight, could you have played another seamer?). Unfortunately, Angelo can't bowl at the moment. Asela is the one who consistently performs, yes it's a loss. Looking forward to the next game.

Kohli: The way the wicket behaved and how it was getting worse by the day and the lead of more than 440 prompted us to enforce the follow-on. I haven't been a big fan of enforcing it, though. At international level, you expect teams to come and play like that (on Mendis' and Dimuth's innings). They batted really well. You need to have those tough times to improve as cricketers. If you enjoy the hard moments, you enjoy the good moments as well. Never get complacent as a side - that's important. Four byes on that sort of pitch speaks of his (Saha's) quality. He is definitely the best keeper in this format I will say. How agile he is! He is very safe behind the stumps. Our batting was outstanding again. Pujara and Rahane - our two best Test batsmen - Rahul getting runs and Jadeja contributing down the order.

Worry not if you had missed the action. Viewers in the subcontinent except Sri Lanka can watch the highlights here. You can also watch our flagship show Match Day with Deep Dasgupta and Farveez Maharoof on the homepage. Thanks for your company and comments. Do come back for the third Test, starting August 12. Until then, it's goodbye from myself, Deivarayan Muthu, Al Muthu, Varun Shetty, Nikhil Kalro, and Sanjay Murari.

Ravi Thacker: "I am appalled to see Pradeep being sent to bat . Looks like he isn't part of SLCs future plans . I see no other reason for sending an injured player to bat at No.11 when the game is all but lost."

Snehil: "I think Jadeja is in line for a Man of the Match award for his all round performance. His contribution of 70* shall not go unnoticed as seeing how Srilanka have fought in the second innings the runs he scored seem to be more crucial now for that innings win."

116.5R Ashwin to N Pradeep, OUT, No run, It's all over at the SSC. Tossed up slower and higher outside off. Pradeep - busted hamstring and all - aims a biiiig slog-sweep. He only shoots up a top-edge in the air. Dhawan, who set up the series for India with a breakneck 190, fittingly sews up the series. He settles under this skier at mid-on and slaps the thigh.

Sundararajan Go: "If Pradeep has busted a hamstring, what is the rationale behind him coming out to bat? It's not as if the matching is hanging in the balance and he needs save it for SL!"

116.4R Ashwin to N Pradeep, No run, flighted on off, opens the face and defends to cover.
116.3R Ashwin to N Pradeep, No run, An appeal for lbw. Not given. India ask for a review Looks like another carrom ball. Pitches outside leg and swerves away to rap the front pad.
116.2R Ashwin to N Pradeep, No run,
116.1R Ashwin to N Pradeep, No run, flicks out the carrom ball, drifts in from outside leg, elicits a leading edge, but does not carry to Ashwin.
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          Toufique Ahmed: "Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath,Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath" ---- Well done (if you had not simply copied and pasted it)

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                Pushan: "Why! There are 2 Heraths in Herath's name! Like Sir Alex Ferguson once said - so good! They named him twice!"

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                      Srikanth S: "Half century and 5 wickets each Jadeja and Ashwin,. these two have yet again proved why they are among world's best.. they add great value to Indian test team"

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                          Hari: "What should not be forgot is the contribution of Hardik Pandya who has yesterday and today provided the much needed breakthrough. He will provide a good option for Kohli in tours of South Africa and England" --- Pandya did not strike today, though. And on this pitch Kuldeep would have been a better option

                          Hathim: "If Sri Lanka can somehow get a 100 run lead we will have a test match on"

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                                  Pratulya: "Even if Sri Lanka loose today,they will get a lot of confidence from this batting and who knows what might happen in next match."

                                  Third slip and two gullies in place for the swish

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                                    Thanks, Al. Jadeja's three in three and put India on track for another four-day finish

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                                      Shubham Jain: "Kohli will definitely break many records by his batting, but he may as well break the record for most dropped catches. Who comes first to your mind as an all time great for dropping catches?"

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                                        India might just be on their way to a series victory away from home after possibly just eight days of Test cricket. Dilruwan Perera is the new batsman

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                                        End of over 96. 1 runs this over. 310/5 after 576 balls.
                                        N Dickwella 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 32-5-118-2
                                        AD Mathews 31 (61b 2x4 1x6 ) more

                                        Whisked from the broadcast: Dimuth Karunaratne now has two of the three-highest scores by a Sri Lanka batsman while following on. He hit 152 himself in Christchurch in 2014. Sri Lanka's current cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha struck 143 in Melbourne in 1995

                                        Arvind : "This is heights of ignorance from Captain Kohli. WHERE IS ASHWIN? He was not brought on till 10 over in morning session and again now. WHY DON'T ALLOW FIRST CRACK TO HIM AFTER A BREAK? "

                                        End of over 95. 2 runs this over. 309/4 after 570 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 30 (59b 2x4 1x6 ) HH Pandya 7-0-15-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 141 (305b 16x4 0x6 ) more

                                        How relevant are bilateral Tests between top and bottom-ranked teams? With the Sri Lanka-India Test series turning out to be a largely one-sided affair, Cyrus Broacha and the ESPNcricinfo staff discuss whether the gap between the top and bottom-ranked sides is too wide to result in a highly competitive series

                                        End of over 94. 1 runs this over. 307/4 after 564 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 29 (57b 2x4 1x6 ) RA Jadeja 31-5-117-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 140 (301b 16x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Abhimanyu: "Is the ball not spinning as it was for sl first inning? Or the batsmen are attacking more to unsettle them? " It's spinning, but the pace has slowed down, which means the spinners have to pitch it up further. That then lands them in the driving zone of the batsmen. It's all a big dilemma, but with runs on the board, India could afford giving away a few boundaries for a wicket.

                                        End of over 93. 1 runs this over. 306/4 after 558 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 29 (55b 2x4 1x6 ) HH Pandya 6-0-13-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 139 (297b 16x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 92. 3 runs this over. 305/4 after 552 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 138 (293b 16x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 30-5-116-1
                                        AD Mathews 29 (53b 2x4 1x6 ) more
                                        End of over 91. 2 runs this over. 302/4 after 546 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 28 (52b 2x4 1x6 ) R Ashwin 32-6-106-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 136 (288b 16x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Noon That's lunch on the fourth day. Sri Lanka continue to resist India. Dimuth has moved to his sixth Test hundred and fourth in the second innings. He had seen off the old ball. He has now seen off the new one. Malinda, the nightwatchman, attempted a strange reverse-slog, which he pre-meditated as soon as he woke up in the morning, and was bowled. Chandimal soon nicked a Jadeja dart to slip, but Mathews has came out attacking with sweeps and lofted drives. Will Sri Lanka make India bat again? Be back in 40 minutes for the resumption.

                                        What were you doing on this day 20 years ago? Sri Lanka were busy playing a Test against India, but their batsmen fared much better.

                                        Saket: "Even this moral victory is important for SL Cricket that is facing a very rough patch since Sanga left. That the batsmen delivered will motivate the bowlers to put in that extra 10-15%."

                                        Jack Daniels: "Who do you think this session belongs to? Nightwatchman and Chandimal gone but the deficit under 150." --- I would say Sri Lanka will be the happier of the two teams.

                                        Santhosh: "Wrong strategy from Kohli can cost India this match. Spinners bowled for too long yesterday and that helped Srilanka to settle. Kaldeep Yadav could be a match winner here. Pandya had bowled just 5 overs in this match."

                                        End of over 90. 1 runs this over. 300/4 after 540 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 135 (287b 16x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 29-5-113-1
                                        AD Mathews 27 (47b 2x4 1x6 ) more

                                        Jadeja ensures India can have a crack at SL for one more over before lunch

                                        End of over 89. 5 runs this over. 299/4 after 534 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 26 (43b 2x4 1x6 ) UT Yadav 13-2-39-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 135 (285b 16x4 0x6 ) more

                                        ali: "@marlo it happened with jayasuriya who started as a bowler, and in todyay's era its steven smith who started as a leg break bowler."

                                        End of over 88.  A maiden over! 294/4 after 528 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 133 (283b 16x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 28-5-112-1
                                        AD Mathews 23 (39b 2x4 1x6 ) more

                                        Ramesh Gadhari : "In my opinion Jadeja and Ashwin are turning the ball too much, same thing happened at Pune against Aussies. They somehow have to find a way to turn the ball in different degrees. "

                                        End of over 87. 2 runs this over. 294/4 after 522 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 23 (39b 2x4 1x6 ) UT Yadav 12-2-34-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 133 (277b 16x4 0x6 ) more

                                        RaviS: "Ashwin is the all rounder. They needed to play Kuldeep Yadav here. Lack of Jayant Yadav in the squad is not hurting India in this match."

                                        Uwaisul Karnain: "Highest individual score for SL in a follow-on is owned by Dimuth Karunaratne himself - 152 vs NZ at Christchurch in 2014"

                                        End of over 86. 6 runs this over. 292/4 after 516 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 22 (34b 2x4 1x6 ) Mohammed Shami 12-3-27-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 132 (276b 16x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 85. 2 runs this over. 286/4 after 510 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 21 (32b 2x4 1x6 ) UT Yadav 11-2-32-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 127 (272b 15x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Kingsuk: "@Sam: Right. And moreover, Jaayant Yadav is a handy batsman too."

                                        End of over 84. 2 runs this over. 284/4 after 504 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 127 (272b 15x4 0x6 ) Mohammed Shami 11-3-21-0
                                        AD Mathews 19 (26b 2x4 1x6 ) more

                                        Sam: "If India is picking an allrounder for SL tour then it should have been a spinner, like Jayant Yadav. It's almost cruel from Kohli to put so much load on two spinners. The front line spinners might get injured."

                                        End of over 83. 1 runs this over. 282/4 after 498 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 125 (266b 15x4 0x6 ) UT Yadav 10-2-30-1
                                        AD Mathews 19 (26b 2x4 1x6 ) more
                                        End of over 82. 2 runs this over. 281/4 after 492 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 19 (26b 2x4 1x6 ) RA Jadeja 27-4-112-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 124 (260b 15x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 81. 8 runs this over. 279/4 after 486 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 123 (259b 15x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 31-6-104-1
                                        AD Mathews 18 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) more
                                        End of over 80. 10 runs this over. 271/4 after 480 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 18 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) RA Jadeja 26-4-110-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 119 (253b 14x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 79. 4 runs this over. 261/4 after 474 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 8 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 30-6-100-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 119 (253b 14x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 78. 5 runs this over. 257/4 after 468 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 6 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 25-4-100-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 117 (251b 14x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 77. 3 runs this over. 252/4 after 462 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 29-6-96-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 116 (250b 14x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 76. 1 runs this over. 249/4 after 456 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 114 (248b 14x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 24-4-95-1
                                        AD Mathews 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Crazyhead: "Lovely bowling this from jadeja, wonder if they would take the new ball when spinners are bowling so good..." --- Ashwin can swing the hard new ball and get it to bounce as well. Might not be a bad idea to open with the spinners when the new ball arrives

                                        End of over 75. 7 runs this over. 248/4 after 450 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 113 (242b 14x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 28-6-93-1
                                        AD Mathews 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 74. 1 runs this over. 241/4 after 444 balls.
                                        AD Mathews 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 23-4-94-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 107 (237b 13x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 73. 3 runs this over. 240/3 after 438 balls.
                                        LD Chandimal 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 27-6-86-1
                                        FDM Karunaratne 106 (234b 13x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 72. 1 runs this over. 237/2 after 432 balls.
                                        PM Pushpakumara 16 (57b 3x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 22-4-93-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 105 (233b 13x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 71. 1 runs this over. 236/2 after 426 balls.
                                        PM Pushpakumara 16 (53b 3x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 26-6-83-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 104 (231b 13x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Bharath Seervi: Only Crowe and Vaughan (3) have more hundreds than Karunaratne (2) when following on in Test cricket

                                        Umpire Rod Tucker calls over, but he's been told there's one more ball left

                                        End of over 70. 5 runs this over. 235/2 after 420 balls.
                                        PM Pushpakumara 16 (48b 3x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 21-4-92-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 103 (230b 13x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Jose Puliampatt: "We seem to have developed a buddy system with opposition's batsmen. Dhawan was the buddy for Mendis. Now Rahul for Karunarratne. What a big difference from sledging. though we really don't need either."

                                        End of over 69. 3 runs this over. 230/2 after 414 balls.
                                        PM Pushpakumara 12 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 25-6-82-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 102 (228b 13x4 0x6 ) more

                                        Ruwantha: "I am possitive that pushpakumara will repeat jason gillespie heroics. A nightwatchan hasn't scored big in recent times. Odds are with sri lanka. Or am I too hopeful?"

                                        Vinay Goyal: "Considering dropped catches in this series both teams have complimented each other by returning favours. By the end of the series both the teams will be playing an extra inning."

                                        End of over 68.  A maiden over! 227/2 after 408 balls.
                                        PM Pushpakumara 11 (42b 2x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 20-4-87-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 100 (224b 13x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 67. 4 runs this over. 227/2 after 402 balls.
                                        FDM Karunaratne 100 (224b 13x4 0x6 ) Mohammed Shami 10-3-19-0
                                        PM Pushpakumara 11 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 66. 1 runs this over. 223/2 after 396 balls.
                                        PM Pushpakumara 11 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 19-3-87-0
                                        FDM Karunaratne 96 (218b 12x4 0x6 ) more
                                        End of over 65. 1 runs this over. 222/2 after 390 balls.