Player of the Match
Player of the Match

2.48pm Smiles, jokes, laughs. India leave the field pleased. You won't see too many in the Sri Lanka camp. India have eased past Sri Lanka for the third consecutive time this series, this time inside three days. Sri Lanka were made to follow-on again but didn't get close for the second time this Test, folding for just 181 on a surface that didn't do too much. There was an apparent bridge in skill between the two sides. All of India's bowlers, including fifth-bowler Hardik Pandya, contributed either with wickets or pressure or both. Sri Lanka's batsmen played with no clear gameplan, and predictably, weren't able to sustain a period of excellence through the series.

The presentation.

Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Series: "Before the series, I was in Hong Kong enjoying my holiday. Things went very well for me. I got backup from my management, i enjoy playing this way, it's my natural game. I've to keep doing i, nothing permanent, we have tight competition for all positions."

Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match: "I was glad that I got my first hundred here, situation pretty good for me. I was always going to have a target in mind. Test cricket is not easy to get five-fors, takes plenty of hardwork. I'm alright with where the team needs me to bat."

Virat Kohli: "A good day, a good win. Always nice to have a convincing win. I would say the regulars have performed, the biggest positive was Hardik's inclusions - he gives us a boost in the middle order. We are a young side, looking forward to all Tests, that's the only way you can be ruthless. We like to be proactive instead of reactive."

Dinesh Chandimal: "You can't control the toss, a tough series as a team. India played some good cricket. Our batting and bowling was below-par through the series. We had to be more patient and concentrate more."

Cheteshwar Pujara: "We've played for IndianOil too, scored many runs together (Ajinkya Rahane). When it comes to preparation, once we've ticked all the boxes, we trust our abilities. I would like to play more county matches, it did help me. When you play county cricket, you get challenging wickets."

Ajinkya Rahane: "Played a wrong shot, played on instinct (first-innings dismissal). When a guy isn't doing well, he (batting coach Sanjay Bangar) takes you out for dinner and gives you positive vibes."

74.3
W
Ashwin to Kumara, OUT, and that's the innings! And match! And series! India complete a 3-0 series whitewash. The carrom ball outside off, started it wide enough, the ball beats Kumara on the outside edge and knocks into off stump.

CBRLS Kumara b Ashwin 10 (18m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

74.2
4
Ashwin to Kumara, FOUR, cracked away past mid-on's right. Flight on middle and leg, comes down and drills it back. Not the greatest timing, but enough
74.1
1
Ashwin to Fernando, 1 run, short and slow down leg, worked away to midwicket for a single. Not a result Ashwin would mind

Ashwin

END OF OVER:
74 | 6 Runs | SL: 176/9

  • CBRLS Kumara6 (13b)
  • MVT Fernando3 (16b)
  • Kuldeep Yadav17-4-56-1
  • Mohammed Shami15-6-32-3
73.6
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Kumara, 2 runs, clears mid-on running back. Skips down the track, doesn't get to the pitch but goes through with his attempted slog. Enough bat to clear the fielder running back.
73.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Kumara, no run, flat and quick outside off, defended
73.4
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Kumara, FOUR, smashed away in the gap at mid-off. Plenty of flight outside off, Kumara makes room and hits it well enough
73.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Kumara, no run, another googly, this is shorter and slower, left alone
73.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Kumara, no run, the googly outside off, hammered to mid-on
73.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Kumara, no run, short and wide outside off, ripping turn. A half leave

The session will be extended. Kuldeep

END OF OVER:
73 | (maiden) | SL: 170/9

  • MVT Fernando3 (16b)
  • CBRLS Kumara0 (7b)
  • Mohammed Shami15-6-32-3
  • UT Yadav13-5-21-2
72.6
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, 142 kph, beaten again. Full outside off, Fernando misses another drive
72.5
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, good length outside off, 89 mph, Fernando beaten on the outside edge
72.4
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, dropped! Came back slower than Shami expected. Full delivery outside off, chipped back to the bowler's right. Shami gets his hand out, but the ball hits him on the wrist.
72.3
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, a good softening bouncer on off, 83 mph, Fernando sways out of the line.
72.2
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, a yorker outside off, 145 kph, jammed out back to the bowler
72.1
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, good length on a fourth-stump channel, defended into the off side

END OF OVER:
72 | (maiden) | SL: 170/9

  • CBRLS Kumara0 (7b)
  • MVT Fernando3 (10b)
  • UT Yadav13-5-21-2
  • Mohammed Shami14-5-32-3
71.6
0
Yadav to Kumara, no run, on a length on middle and leg, played away towards mid-on. Not the friendliest over to a No. 11
71.5
0
Yadav to Kumara, no run, good length outside off, defended into the off side
71.4
0
Yadav to Kumara, no run, smashes him on the arm. Ouch. Another well-directed bouncer on leg, Kumara sways awkwardly, but the ball follows him and thwacks him on the arm.
71.3
0
Yadav to Kumara, no run, short of a length down leg, Kumara ducks underneath
71.2
0
Yadav to Kumara, no run, fullish, straight, defended somehow. Ungainly
71.1
0
Yadav to Kumara, no run, shortish and wide outside off, left alone.

END OF OVER:
71 | 2 Runs | SL: 170/9

  • MVT Fernando3 (10b)
  • CBRLS Kumara0 (1b)
  • Mohammed Shami14-5-32-3
  • UT Yadav12-4-21-2
70.6
0
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, no run, good length delivery outside off, 89 mph, a waft at that from Vishwa. Beats the edge
70.5
2
Mohammed Shami to Fernando, 2 runs, a flowing punchy drive through mid-off gets Vishwa a couple

A first

1

This is the first time India have whitewashed the oppositions in an away Test series of 3 or more Tests.

Chandimal's low

24

Dinesh Chandimal's average in this series - his 2nd worst in any Test series playing 2+ Tests. Also, he's the only SL top-order batsman without a 50+ score in this series.

All out in no time

2

No. of times SL have got all out in fewer overs in first inns of a home Test, than 37.4 overs in this match. They were all out in 28.2 overs v Pak, Kandy 1994 & 34.2 v Aus, Pallekele, 2016.

Maiden FC ton in Test

5

No. of India players to score their maiden first-class century in a Test, including Pandya. Others are: Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra and Harbhajan Singh.

Bang bang

26

Runs scored by Pandya in one over off Pushpakumara, the most by any India player in an over in Test history. Previous most: 24 by Kapil off E Hemmings, Lord's, 1990.

Brakes applied

134

Runs for which India lost their six wickets after Dhawan and Rahul added 188 runs for the opening wicket. The run rate dropped from 4.75 to 3.65.

Openers' double

2011

Last time an Ind opener scored 2+ 100s in an away Test series, Dravid in England. This is also the first time Dhawan has made more than one century in a series.

Record partnership

171

Previous highest opening stand for visiting sides in Sri Lanka, between Prabhakar & Sidhu at SSC in 1993. Dhawan & Rahul have gone past that mark.

Record streak

7

No. of consecutive 50+ scores for KL Rahul, the joint-most. Weekes, A Flower, Chanderpaul, Sangakkara & Rogers also made 7 50+ scores in a row.

Quick hundred runs

2010

Last time India reached 100 runs in fewer balls in a Test innings than in the 17.4 overs today, v Aus in Mohali. Since 2001, this is the sixth-fastest team 100 for Ind.

Three in a row

3

No. of tosses won by India in this 3-match series. They have elected to bat first all the three times.