The Indians clinched another overseas victory in Sri Lanka after defeating them Lankan Lions by an innings and 53 runs in the second test. India was in command of the test from the time they won the toss and decided to bat.
The Indian batting line-up came good in the first test and they continued their form in the second test. C Pujara continued to be the run making machine that he is in test cricket, scoring yet another century and reaching 133. He received good support from vice-captain A Rahane who scored 132. India were able to get a total of 622 on the board, thanks to contributions from the lower order as wicket-keeper Saha hit 67 and the spin-twins also made half centuries with R Ashwin scoring 54 and R Jadeja scoring an unbeaten 70.
Sri Lanka Collapse In First Innings
R Ashwin ran through Sri Lanka in the first innings picking up yet another 5 wicket haul. He was well supported by R Jadeja who picked up 2 and M Shami who also picked up 2. Since Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 183, captain Kohli decided to invoke the follow-on as his bowlers had only sent down 49.4 overs.
Sri Lanka put up a much better fight in the second innings and made it hard work for the Indian bowlers. F Karunaratne and B Mendis both made fighting hundreds and looked like pushing India into the 5th day but India kept taking wickets at crucial times and once both the centuries were dismissed, it did not take the long to wrap up the tail. It was a team performance and Kohli took time to heap praise on all his players including W Saha.
Kohli Credits All Round Performance
In a post match statement, Kohli said “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.”
The man of the match award went to R Jadeja who picked up a 5 wicket haul in the second innings and also reached a landmark of 150 test wickets.