India Equal Their Record for Biggest Test Win With Sri Lanka Thrashing.
Such was the extent of domination for Virat Kohli and his boys over a hapless Sri Lankan side that India equaled their previous record for the biggest Test victory.
India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs which was also the margin of victory in Bangladesh in 2007 when Rahul Dravid led the side to India’s biggest Test win.
Reaching 405 was always going to be a stiff task for this Sri Lankan line-up but the way they fell will be disappointing for even the most ardent of Sri Lankan fans.
Ashwin ended with figures of 4/63 as Sri Lanka fell for 166 in the second innings after Virat Kohli’s mammoth double ton had led India to 610 in the first innings.
Next to go was Lahiru Thirimanne, to a terrible shot as he looked to go across his stumps and touched a rather wide delivery but was only successful in slicing the ball straight to backward point where Jadeja completed a simple catch. Umesh Yadav got his first wicket of the day.
This led to captain Dinesh Chandimal joining Angelo Mathews out in the middle. The two are Sri Lanka’s most experienced and solid batsmen.
In fact, Mathews has joined the team only as a batsman after injury prevented him from bowling.
However, his mode of dismissal was rather soft as he looked to hit Jadeja over long off but only managed to find mid-off.
Niroshan Dickwella got a great delivery from Ishant Sharma which rose to his chest and he could only manage an outside edge, captain Virat Kohli completed a juggling catch second slip.
Ishant was bowling a probing spell throughout the first session, threatening to take a wicket in every over that he bowled.