Sri Lanka’s defeat in the second Test came out only as the next impression of India’s dominance in the format. The host is on lead by 1-0, but the winning margin is created a milestone. The win was by an inning 329, the biggest win in the format. It is also the highest defeat margin of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka scored 205 in the first inning. India played only a single inning hauling the score to humongous task for Sri Lanka. India played 176.1 overs to aggregate 610 runs in the inning. There were three centuries and a double century in the two days of play. The batsmen scored high runs, but the record was waiting for bowler R Ashwin. He nicked his 300th Test wickets as the fastest player in reach the feat.
Virat Kohli knocked a double century in the match, while Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma plundered centuries. In the second inning Aswin took another 4 wickets, following the 4 first inning wickets turning as an eight-wicket-haul. In the second inning, Sri Lanka collapsed at 166 handling the win to India. Apart from Ashwin’s 4, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav removed two wickets each.
In the final day, Sri Lanka started chasing 384. It had five sessions at hand. The result was fairly apparent, but team India were trying to sharpen their attack with an eye to South Africa tour. The bowlers kept on the pressure slogging the inning with a low run-rate. On the previous day, Sri Lanka lost two wickets, but the rest could not add better scores. India’s attack grew stronger as Sri Lanka’s batting line-up began to wobble beginning in the morning session.
The first session was also extended by 15 minutes to let India end the game before lunch. But Sri Lanka batsmen pulled the match to the next session. In the last session, the visitors were hanging on the last two wickets, trailing 260 runs. The ninth wicket stand brought 58 runs for the team, before surrendering to Umesh Yadav. The match turned as a thrill of uncertainty for R Ashwin as he halted at the 299-mark. It was the last wicket for the match, while Umesh Yadav also was by his side. However, the spinner knocked down Lahiru Gamage as his record victim.
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