India crushes Sri Lanka

Ross Houston
August 15, 2017

India's Hardik Pandya scored his maiden Test century on Sunday during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and India.

A lot of Indian fans are not very impressed with India's 3-0 Test series victory over Sri Lanka saying that we played against a really weak team.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 181 in their second innings after managing only a paltry 135 in their first to hand India an innings and 171-run win.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav turned up the heat with four wickets in Sri Lanka's first innings as the islanders conceded a 352-run first innings lead.

Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara bowled the over to Pandya, who had scored seven off the previous two deliveries he had faced, and he took the aggressive path straightaway.

Once Mathews fell for 35, Sri Lanka began to lose wickets at regular intervals, but wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella made a 52-ball 41 before he was brilliantly caught by Rahane off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.

Coming together after the entire Sri Lankan top order had returned to the pavilion, Chandimal and Angelo Mathews added 65 runs between them in 27.4 overs.

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who hit a brisk 119 in the first innings, was named the man of the series for topping the run charts.

In fact, earlier in the series, there was criticism headed the team's way when Virat Kohli did not use him as a bowler, especially when Sri Lanka showed resistance in the second Test at Colombo.

India played Sri Lanka in three Tests and won all of them in a comprehensive manner.

Sri Lanka had done well to restrict India to 329 for 6 at the end of the first day.

Resuming at the overnight score of 19/1 in their second outing, Sri Lanka were off to a awful start, losing three wickets within the first hour of play.

While Virat Kohli and Co. played with a clear gameplan, their opponents weren't able to sustain a decent performance throughout the entire series. Karunaratne was undone by a flatter one that slid on; with the batsman edging to first slip Ajinkya Rahane. However, his monstrous knock of 108 runs off 96 balls propelled India to 487 runs and took the Test beyond the hosts. "There are so many things you can say when the team is not doing too well, we have to back the guys and give them confidence". Ashwin wrapped up the match taking the last wicket of Lahiru Kumara.

Mohammad Shami once again set the tone with a probing spell early but it was his opening partner for the day, Ravichandran Ashwin who got the first breakthrough in the form of SL's highest run-getter in the series, Dimuth Karunaratne.

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