0.6 outisde edge! Ishant on fire! Beautiful delivery, he has his man soon after the change goes begging. And it is another peach. Pitched back of a length on off stump, nips away off the seam, squares the left-hander up and sends him packing. Literally, there is a vociferous send-off! 1/1
    21.1 bounced out! He has been going for the pull instinctively, struck a few for boundaries last evening, but here Yadav is fresher after a nights sleep and he is quicker. He has got the ball to bounce around his shoulder, and Kaushal was dragging it from outside off. Gets a top edge that becomes an easy catch for Pujara at short midwicket. There is the early strike India wanted, and pace does the trick again at the SSC 74/4
    3.2 another outside edge! Yadav roars in delight! Sri Lanka 2 for 2 from 1 for 1. Uses the angle across the left-hander to great effort, and Dimuth playing with hard hands, and staying put at the crease works to Indias favour. Good, accurate, pressure bowling paying off 2/2
    6.6 Ishant is going absolutely bonkers! Lovely bowling to take out Chandimal, it was shortish and on fifth stump. Chandimal is pushing far away from the body with an open face and hard hands. Thick edge flies to third slip, where Rahul misses another catch, but Kohli at second slip takes the rebound. After which, Ishant celebrate by banging on his own head while looking at the departing Chandimal. Remember, Chandimal had made a little physical contact with Ishant during that little incident with Prasad 21/3
    80.3 very full, very straight and Mathews misses it. That is his 200th Test wicket and it might well win the Test for India. Good choice of ball having realised that the batsman wanted to keep back in his crease and negotiate the seam movement off the pitch. Stuck on the crease with his hands pushing in front of his body, like Ajinkya Rahanes lbw. Misses with the bat, Ishant hits his target 249/7
    37.6 leading edge, taken by Rahul. Brilliant grab at silly point! This was going high, nearly ready to lob him. He was leaping up, his left hand was stretched up as high as it could go and created the rebound for him, which he was alert enough to take. Lovely, loopy delivery on middle, Thirimanne lunges forward and closes the face, playing against the turn, and there is turn. He might have gotten away with it, seeing as the ball seemed set to soar over the fielder, but Rahul did so well there 107/5
    76.1 he has had a brainfade just before tea! A little altercation between Kusal and the Indians. Ashwin is trying to broker peace and calm the batsman down. Bowled well, looping the ball up. It was on leg stump so the threat was not as much, Kusal goes for a reverse sweep, connected well but has popped the catch to Rohit at point. 242/6
    83.1 another really full delivery that the batsman plays around and off he goes. Tossed up and angled in, but it is the length that makes Herath fall over himself. Did not think it would be that full, and yorks himself. Struck on the front toe, I think, but might it have been going down? 257/8
    not out
    83.5 goes straight up, and Binny takes the reverse cup at mid-off, I think. This was always on the cards, with the tailending trying to hit every ball into the neighboring country. This time he gets under it a little too much. Handsome height, but no distance at all 263/9
    84.6 that is it. India have an overseas series win after West Indies 2011, first series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years. And only the third time India have come back from 0-1 down in Test history! Also Virat Kohlis first series win as captain. The googly finishes it off, with Kaushal playing from the crease and playing down the wrong line. Hit in front and then celebrations all around 268/10
    13 (b 4, lb 2, nb 7)
    268 all out (85 Overs, RR: 3.15, 388 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (WU Tharanga, 0.6 ov), 2-2 (FDM Karunaratne, 3.2 ov), 3-21 (LD Chandimal, 6.6 ov), 4-74 (JK Silva, 21.1 ov), 5-107 (HDRL Thirimanne, 37.6 ov), 6-242 (MDKJ Perera, 76.1 ov), 7-249 (AD Mathews, 80.3 ov), 8-257 (HMRKB Herath, 83.1 ov), 9-263 (KTGD Prasad, 83.5 ov), 10-268 (ANPR Fernando, 84.6 ov)
    I Sharma19.053231.6804
    UT Yadav15.036524.3300
    STR Binny13.034903.7600
    A Mishra18.014712.6103
    R Ashwin20.026943.4500

Match Details

  • Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Series result

India won the 3-match series 2-1

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Match days

28,29,30,31 August, 1 September 2015 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 28 Aug - day 1 - India 1st innings 50/2 (CA Pujara 19*, V Kohli 14*, 15 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Aug - day 2 - India 1st innings 292/8 (CA Pujara 135*, I Sharma 2*, 95.3 ov)
  • Sun, 30 Aug - day 3 - India 2nd innings 21/3 (V Kohli 1*, RG Sharma 14*, 8.1 ov)
  • Mon, 31 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 67/3 (JK Silva 24*, AD Mathews 22*, 18.1 ov)
  • Tue, 1 Sep - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 268 (85 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Ishant gets 200


Number of India fast bowlers to take 200 Test wickets including Ishant Sharma. Kapil (434 wkts), Srinath (236), and Zaheer (311) are the others.

The Quartet


SL captains to get a fourth-innings ton including Mathews in this Test. The last one was Sangakkara at this venue, against Pak in 2009

only the third


No. of wicketkeeper-batsmen to make 2 fifty-plus scores on debut before Kusal Perera. The previous one was also from SL- Dinesh Chandimal.

Seamers at the SSC


Most wkts taken by seamers in a Test at the SSC - in a SL v NZ match in 1984-85. They have taken 26 in this Test.

Best in the last


Angelo Mathews' ave in the 4th inns of Tests - his best in any inns. He has three fifties in 12 inns and has been dismissed only six times.

Opening low


The top opening stand by either team in this series - this is the lowest stand to be the top opening partnership in any three-Test series.

Long time ago


Last time India posted a total higher than the 274 in this inns after losing their first wicket for 10 or less - against Australia at the Gabba

Double stands


No. of times before this Test India's eighth wicket has had two fifty-plus stands in a Test. The previous one came at Lord's last year.

Walk after the trot


Scoring rate of the stand between Rohit and Binny. India added 78 at 3.22 from 24.1 overs till the drinks break post lunch.

Middle-order recovery


Last time India had fifty-plus stands for the 4th and 5th after losing their first-three wickets for 10 runs or fewer - against West Indies.

Rohit in second innings


No. of second-innings fifties by Rohit Sharma in ten innings before this. He had averaged 18.88 with a highest of 39.

Long time ago


Last time before this India's 4th wkt put up a 50-run stand after losing their first 3 for under 10 runs - against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval.

Least favourite innings


Virat Kohli's average in the third inns of Tests - his worst among the four inns of a Test. He made 21 in this match.