A 22-year wait finally ends as India win a Test series in Sri Lanka

A magnificent win for India. An away series victory after 4 years, the previous one being in the West Indies in 2011. This is also the first time that India have come from behind to win a Test series away from home. This is the third instance overall in Test cricket for the Asian giants.
A match which had momentum swinging both sides. India were 64/3 after being asked to bat but then Pujara held firm and took India to safety. With Amit Mishra’s 59, one saw the visitors post 312, a very good total on this surface. This was also the 4th time that an Indian carried the bat through an innings in a Test match.

312 was not supposed to be too big a total but the Sri Lankans were wrong. Ishant wreaked havoc with a 5-fer in the first innings and bowled the Lankans out for 201, which would have been even worse, had it not been for Kusal Perera’s counter-attacking half century. They were 48/6 at one stage. Sri Lanka could have been bowled out under 100 had it not been for Lokesh Rahul who dropped him on 9. Also, Herath chipped in with a crucial 49 which helped lessen the deficit.

If India were happy with the 111-run lead, they were shocked in a matter of minutes. Pujara was cleaned up on the very second ball and in next to no time, India were reeling at 7/3. But some disciplined patient batting by the middle order and even the lower one, saw the lead swell to 385.

Good series for both teams in terms of records. Mathews (339) and Chandimal (288) end as the leading run getters while Kohli (233) was third and India’s best. The bowling had a similar look but from a different angle. Here, Ashwin was the top wicket taker with 21 scalps, the most by any Indian in an India-Sri Lanka series, while Mishra, Prasad and Herath finished with 15 apiece in joint second place.

Man of the Match – Cheteshwar Pujara: Thank you, thanks a lot. It was a very good opportunity for me. We won the series and I am very happy with it. Obviously facing the new ball was challenging, I trusted my batting and I am very happy with the win. I wasn’t sure if I was the fourth player carrying the bat throughout

Man of the Series – Ravichandran Ashwin: I would like to thank my teammates. The boys took the catches brilliantly and that helped me. It was a good experience here. When the series began we were here for practice matches and that has helped me here to make my experience count. It’s been quite long that I didn’t get the opportunity to show my skills am I happy to show it here. The coaches have been very patient with me and I am extremely happy to pay them back with a fifty.

Action images from the 3rd Test at Sinhalese Sports Club.

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India’s Amit Mishra, left, and Virat Kohli unsuccessfully appeal for the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews during the last day of their third test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. India won by 117 run

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India’s captain Virat Kohli, left, holds a stump as he walks off the pitch after defeating Sri Lanka in their third test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. India won by 117 runs.

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Members of the Indian cricket team celebrate their victory over Sri Lanka in their third test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. India won by 117 runs

Images : (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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