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    95.4 takes off like a rocket and even Karunaratne is unable to best it. A perfectly good length ball on middle suddenly becomes the stuff of NASA's dreams as it soars up, takes the batsman's gloves and settles safely in the hands of Rahane, having run a little way behind the wicketkeeper. Cruel end to an innings of great quality, and that qualifty is reinforced by the fact most of India's close-in fielders run over to Karunaratne to shake his hand and his team-mate Mathews runs up to shake his hand before he leaves 310/5
    2.6 beautiful bowling! It's a nip-backer and it's a right good 'un. Really, it's a bit like the perfect con artist, waiting until its mark is in the worst possible position - Tharanga with his front leg not really moving, his head falling over, a gap between bat and pad and the stumps perfectly left open for the full-length ball, pitching on off and darting in off the pitch to slam into it. 7/1
    54.5 Has Hardik produced a wicket outta nowhere? Appeal for caught behind, minutes before stumps. Did it carry to the keeper? The soft signal is out. Saha dives forward to snag a clean catch. Gets his gloves underneath the ball and ends Mendis' incredible innings. India have been forced to dig deep into their reserves for this wicket. Hardik sends down an offcutter. It's a proper offbreak, in fact, 123.7ks, swerves in, Mendis does not read the variation. He pushes out and only manages an inside edge onto the pad. The ball balloons behind to a sprawling Saha. Great catch to end a great innings! 198/2
    72.2 Oh Malinda, what was that? A coach will rip his hair out looking at this. He pre-meditates a reverse swat or rather a reverse slog. Malinda shapes for the fatal hit and shows his ace early, way before Ashwin delivered the ball. The bowler spotted it, fired it flatter and quicker and hit the leg stump. Why abandon the defence when it's your strength? Only Malinda knows why he did that. It looked very, very ugly, that reverse - one of the genuine contenders for the worst shot ever 238/3
    73.5 edged again and this carries to Rahane at first slip! Jadeja is more relieved than pumped. It's Kohli who's pumped. On a good length, this slides in from around the wicket and turns away outside off. Chandimal presses forward and unwisely jabs at the ball with hard hands. Rahane dives to his right to snaffle this low catch. Excellent grab 241/4
    97.3 caught behind! Saha has been legendary behind the stumps, and he establishes that fact with this catch. Mathews is playing a cut. A full-blooded cut. And he gets a top-edge. A sizeable top edge. But Saha is right there, climbing with the ball, eyes on it. His hands move up high over his shoulder and the ball sticks in the edge of his gloves. Superb work. 315/6
    115.1 Dickwella has jabbed this wide yorker straight into the lap of gully! Pandya ventures wide of the crease and sends it wide outside off. Dickwella angles his bat and hits it straight to Rahane. Dolly catch. He did not even have to budge this time 384/9
    99.3 that's not on! If you have to step down the track to Jadeja, you don't do it early. Perera learns the lesson in the hardest way possible as he leaves the crease, gets a quick, ripping delivery that beats his outside edge by a mile and goes to the waiting Saha who is perfectly brilliant 321/7
    105.4 Has Rahane pocketed another low catch? The TV umpire has been called in. The soft signal from on-field umpire Oxenford is out. Brushes the glove and dies on Rahane. He bends low with it at slip. Umpire Illingworth says "seems like he has his hands underneath the ball". Yes, Rahane has his hands nice and low, and that's where the ball landed. Flat dart from Jadeja, slides in outside off, turns slightly and bounces sharply. Great grab from Rahane, and another five-wicket haul for Jadeja 343/8
    not out
    116.5 It's all over at the SSC. Tossed up slower and higher outside off. Pradeep - busted hamstring and all - aims a biiiig slog-sweep. He only shoots up a top-edge in the air. Dhawan, who set up the series for India with a breakneck 190, fittingly sews up the series. He settles under this skier at mid-on and slaps the thigh 386/10
    9 (lb 5, nb 2, w 2)
    386 all out (f/o) (116.5 Overs, RR: 3.30, 472 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (WU Tharanga, 2.6 ov), 2-198 (BKG Mendis, 54.5 ov), 3-238 (PM Pushpakumara, 72.2 ov), 4-241 (LD Chandimal, 73.5 ov), 5-310 (FDM Karunaratne, 95.4 ov), 6-315 (AD Mathews, 97.3 ov), 7-321 (MDK Perera, 99.3 ov), 8-343 (DM de Silva, 105.4 ov), 9-384 (N Dickwella, 115.1 ov), 10-386 (ANPR Fernando, 116.5 ov)
    UT Yadav13.023913.0000
    R Ashwin37.5713223.4800
    Mohammed Shami12.032702.2500
    RA Jadeja39.0515253.8900
    HH Pandya15.023122.0622

Match Details


India , elected to bat first

Series result

India led the 3-match series 2-0

Player of the match

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

3, 4,5,6 August 2017 (5-day match)

Test debut

Reserve Umpire

Close of Play

  • Thu, 3 Aug - day 1 - India 1st innings 344/3 (CA Pujara 128*, AM Rahane 103*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 4 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 50/2 (BKG Mendis 16*, LD Chandimal 8*, 20 ov)
  • Sat, 5 Aug - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 209/2 (FDM Karunaratne 92*, PM Pushpakumara 2*, 60 ov)
  • Sun, 6 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 386 (116.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

All-rounders' double blast


Instances of 2 players from a team with 50+ and 5-for in a Test, including Ashwin & Jadeja this match. Others: Giffen-Trott v Eng 1895 & Bresnan-Broad v Ind 2011.

Karunaratne goes big


No. of higher scores for SL when following-on, than Karunaratne's 141. The highest is by Karunaratne himself, when he made 152 in Christchurch in Dec 2014.

Third-innings player


No. of centuries for Karunaratne in 3rd inns of Tests in last 3 years. No other batsman has scored more than 2 such 100s in this period.

Counter-attacking stand


Previous highest partnership for SL when following-on, by Mathews-Samaraweera in Cape Town 2011-12. Karunaratne-Mendis have added over 150 runs.

Big deficit


SL's first-innings deficit in this match, their highest ever in Test history. For India, it's their third-biggest first-innings lead.

Very quick


No. of Tests taken by Jadeja to reach 150 wickets, the quickest by any left-arm bowler. Mitchell Johnson was the previous quickest, in 34 Tests.

Big score


No. of larger totals by visiting teams in Sri Lanka than India's 622/9 in this match. India had scored 707 at this same venue in 2010 and B'desh 638 in Galle in 2012-13.

Combined effort


No. of instances of 6 Ind batsmen scoring 50+ in an away Test, including today. The first time was at The Oval in 2007.

Ashwin's double


No. of players to complete 2000+ runs and 250+ wkts in their career in fewer Tests than Ashwin, who has done it in his 51st Test. Hadlee had got there in his 54th.

Love for second Tests


No. of centuries for Rahane in the 2nd matches of a Test series, in 17 innings. He has only 4 centuries in 50 innings of other matches of a series.

Three in three


No. of centuries for Pujara in as many Tests in Sri Lanka. He had made 145* at SSC in 2015 and 153 in Galle before this century.

Match of milestones


No. of India batsmen to aggregate over 4000 runs in first 50 Tests, including Pujara. Gavaskar (4947), Dravid (4135) and Sehwag (4103) are the others.

Left-arm spin trouble


Kohli's ave against left-arm spin bowlers in Tests this year, getting out 4 times in 10 inns. Before this year, he averaged 170.50 and got out only twice.

Rahul's hot streak


No. of consecutive 50+ scores for KL Rahul, including today's knock. Viswanath and Dravid are the only other India batsmen to do so.

Landmark test


No. of Tests for Pujara. This is the 50th match of his Test career.