Player of the Match
Player of the Match
49.3
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Ashwin to Gamage, OUT, beats the outside edge and is it bowled? That's what is being reviewed because the bail has come off. And replays confirm that Ashwin has unleashed another carrom ball to become the fastest bowler in Test history to 300 Test wickets. This one perfectly pitched on leg stump, on a fuller length to draw the batsman forward, but not quite so much that he can get to the ball on the full. The angle in makes Gamage play inside the line. The turn ensures the rest.

PLS Gamage b Ashwin 0 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

46.5
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Yadav to Chandimal, OUT, after negotiating a ripper, he's send a leg-stump half-volley to long leg! He fought hard. He seemed to be one of the few who still wanted to be there in the middle. But seeing the opportunity for some runs, he lets his natural instincts take over. Powerful flick shot. But it lands safely in Ashwin's hands. India one wicket away.

LD Chandimal c Ashwin b Yadav 61 (111m 82b 10x4 0x6) SR: 74.39

35.3
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Ashwin to Herath, OUT, he keeps ticking it over, number 299! Unplayable. Gives it a proper rip. Makes it pitch on middle, from round the wicket, so Herath has to play. Comes forward, with lowish hands to defend, but the ball kicks up off the pitch, takes the top glove - that tells you how much bounce it gets - and lobs to Rahane at slip

HMRKB Herath c Rahane b Ashwin 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

35.1
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Ashwin to Perera, OUT, that's wicket number 298 and it's only confirmed by Sri Lanka's review. The chaos happens off a straight ball, which Ashwin has been bowling so often in this spell that it may well be intentional. Dilruwan, facing his first ball, is clearly flummoxed. He is playing for turn, the bat is inside the line and he's struck low on his front pad. 'Clearly no bat,' says the third umpire. Ball-tracking gives an umpire's call. That's a third straight year that Ashwin has picked up 50 wickets

MDK Perera lbw b Ashwin 0 (7m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

33.3
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Ashwin to Shanaka, OUT, puts everything into it, but it's only gone high, about the distance of an Everest or two, and under it is KL Rahul, who has run back from mid-on. Hitting out against a clever bowler needs a little bit more than 'okay, I'm going to charge at everything'. Ashwin lets this delivery hang in the air, a little wider of off stump. It's like the ball has secret buttons that only he can access. He flicks the one that says 'dip' and it does, meaning Shanaka coming down the track still can't get to the pitch of it. Worse, he has to drag it. Goes full throttle. Then just goes.

MD Shanaka c Rahul b Ashwin 17 (12m 8b 1x4 2x6) SR: 212.50

30.5
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I Sharma to Dickwella, OUT, taken on the second attempt by Kohli at second slip. Ishant has been hammering away in the corridor and getting a lot of lift from the surface. This one, from around the wicket, angles in and climbs at chest height. Not much Dickwella can do. Looks to defend, but it flies off the outside edge. Kohli grabs to his left with a reverse-cup and it pops out. He over-runs a touch too. But he sticks out a right hand as he composes himself and takes it

N Dickwella c Kohli b I Sharma 4 (22m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

25.2
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Jadeja to Mathews, OUT, straight to mid-off. Tonked one on the rise against Jadeja previously. That went over the long-on boundary. This is a similar shot - a jab on the front foot with quick wrists to a length ball at off stump. But he can't clear the fielder. Another very soft dismissal

AD Mathews c RG Sharma b Jadeja 10 (43m 32b 0x4 1x6) SR: 31.25

20.4
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Yadav to Thirimanne, OUT, oh dear. That is an awful shot. On any pitch, anywhere in the world, he would be out. This is a very full delivery that is very wide. Thirimanne is already on a middle stump guard and shuffling into the off side, but he still has to reach out. It's that wide. The best he could hope for was to somehow get bat on it. There was no way he could have controlled the shot. Ends up slicing it straight - and very feebly - to backward point. He was so solid till this error

HDRL Thirimanne c Jadeja b Yadav 23 (79m 62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 37.09

15.2
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Jadeja to Karunaratne, OUT, has he taken that? Yes he has! I'm not sure how he's managed it, but Vijay has held on at short leg. This ball loops and lands a tad shorter than the previous one. It's still at a middle stump line, but there's a bit more room for it to spin marginally. Karunaratne looks to flick again, but he's not to the pitch. Whips his wrists to try and reach it and hits it into Vijay who is still crouching as the shot is being played. Hits his forearm and goes into his body. And on it's way down, he squeezes his legs together and holds on with his thighs

FDM Karunaratne c Vijay b Jadeja 18 (61m 45b 3x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

0.2
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I Sharma to Samarawickrama, OUT, offers free passage to his off stump and Ishant Sharma takes it! Bring out the cliches, this has hit the top of off. Sadeera is probably expecting another one to go away after that adventurous shot first up. Overcompensates by shouldering arms to one that comes in

S Samarawickrama b I Sharma 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Bounty year for India

32

International wins for India in 2017, their most ever in a calendar year. They had won 31 in 2016

A year of losses for SL

7

Tests lost by SL in 2017, which equals the most defeats for them in a calendar year; they had also lost 7 in 2015

Top-order collapses

4

Number of consecutive second innings in which Sri Lanka have been 5 down for less than 100 - twice v Pakistan in the UAE, and twice in this series

Four tons in an innings

3

Instances of four centuries in an innings for India. Before this game, they had achieved this against SA in Kolkata, 2010, and v Bangladesh in Mirpur, 2007

Double the fun

5

Double-hundreds for Kohli as captain, which equals Brian Lara's record. Bradman, Clarke and Graeme Smith had four each

Hundreds galore

5

Instances of at least three hundreds by India's top 4 in a Test innings. Previous instance was also v SL, in Kanpur in 2009

Hungry for hundreds

75%

Conversion rate for Kohli as captain in Tests - he has 12 centuries out of 16 50+ scores. It's the best among all captains with 10 or more hundreds

Captain centurion

10

Hundreds in all international cricket for Kohli in 2017, which is a record for any captain in a calendar year. Ponting (2005 & 2006) and Smith (2005) had 9 each

Vijay-Pujara in select group

5

Pairs who have added 4 successive century stands in Tests: Loxton-Harvey, S Manjrekar-Azharuddin, Butcher-Trescothick, Younis-Yousuf, and Vijay-Pujara

Outstanding home pair

9

Century stands between Vijay and Pujara in home Tests in just 22 partnerships; in 16 overseas stands, though, they have only one century partnership

Vijay-Pujara on a roll

5

Century stands between Vijay and Pujara in their last 7 stands in Tests; before this stand they had added 102, 178 and 107, 16, 47 & 209 in their previous 6 partnerships

The 1000-run club

2

Batsmen who have scored 1000-plus Test runs in 2017 - Dean Elgar and Dimuth Karunaratne. Elgar has 1097 runs in 20 inngs, while Karunaratne reached 1000 in his 23rd

Ashwin's bunny

12

Number of times Ashwin has dismissed Thirimanne in all international cricket, his highest against any batsman (6 times in ODIs, 5 in Tests and 1 in T20Is)