India tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 28-Sep 1, 2015
India won by 117 runs
28,29,30,31 August, 1 September 2015 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal KL Rahul b Prasad 2 1 2 0 0 100.00
0.2 80.2 mph, he has left it! Loads of nip in! It pitched well outside off, on an uncertain length, making Rahul wonder if he had to push fully forward or hang back. In the end, he went about half way and thinks it will not threaten the stumps. But the ball hits the seam and jags back quite a long way. Should have covered the stumps if he wanted to leave like that. The front foot at fault there 2/1
0.2 80.2 mph, oversteps while bowling a shortish ball on leg stump, clipped towards square leg 2/1
CA Pujara not out 145 456 289 14 0 50.17
View dismissal AM Rahane lbw b Pradeep 8 16 13 2 0 61.53
3.4 87.0 mph, very full and he has missed it! That means he is a goner, according to Nigel Llong. Having looked rather comfortable, Rahane doesnt measure up when Pradeep slips in a full, fast one targeting middle and leg. Seemed rooted to the crease, should have been on the front foot, a touch late on his shot even if he was playing with a straight bat and he was falling over a tad too. Struck in line with leg and should have hit leg 14/2
View dismissal V Kohli* c †Perera b Mathews 18 96 60 3 0 30.00
23.3 75.0 mph, does him in! Captain takes captain and Kusal pouches it this time. Reaching too far outside off, he does that, he always does that and when there is away movement, it is too much of a liability. Mathews hits a lovely length, draws him outside off. The most Kohli can do with this is a block, straight into the covers at best, or at worst, an edge behind. 64/3
View dismissal RG Sharma c Tharanga b Prasad 26 95 65 3 1 40.00
45.5 84.7 mph, there it is! He has the edge! it has been his morning! Just back of a length, but Rohit was lunging forward again. Because of the ball being in the fifth stump line. Then he gets it to seam away and the batsman pushing with hard hands perishes on the stroke of lunch 119/4
View dismissal STR Binny lbw b Prasad 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
45.6 79.4 mph, what a bowler. What control! Struck him on the front pad, then the back leg as well. First ball back, Dhammika stamps Sri Lanka all over the SSC Test. Hits a lovely, fuller length on fifth stump, then jags it back to hit him low enough on the front pad and in front of off stump. Dhammika on a hat-trick 119/5
View dismissal NV Ojha c Tharanga b Kaushal 21 63 54 3 0 38.88
60.6 56.0 mph, picks out long-on! A little over-attacking, although he might have wanted to send this flatter delivery a lot wider, into the midwicket region. Went for a slog sweep of sorts and ends up flat batting the ball to the man on the boundary. Sri Lanka were happy just holding things on until their strike bowlers could come back, now they have got a bonus. That is drinks as well... 173/6
View dismissal R Ashwin c †Perera b Prasad 5 18 14 1 0 35.71
65.1 79.8 mph, first-ball wonder! A widish delivery, but Ashwin has been sucked into pushing at it with half a bat. Poor decision from him, and his punishment is that he edges it through to the keeper. Dhammika just has a smile on his face, like he wakes up and does this every day. Just a hint of the ball holding its line, thats all needed 180/7
View dismissal A Mishra st †Perera b Herath 59 122 87 7 0 67.81
92.2 47.2 mph, got im! Beaten in flight. Lots of it. Mishy was racing down the track, but got too close to the ball, gets an inside edge while he was trying to drive. Took the inside edge, deflects off his pad towards Kusal Perera, who grabs the ball, had the time to juggle as well, and threw himselt at the stumps before Mishy knew what was happening. Excellent innings considering the circumstances. Didnt get bogged down, he was the greater contributor in this partnership, even 284/8
View dismissal I Sharma b Herath 6 23 9 1 0 66.66
96.6 49.7 mph, away goes the middle stump! This is not his game, so why is he trying to be like Afridi? Races down the track again with those long limbs and swipes at the ball. Nowhere close to it and with Herath being as accurate as he is, takes his chance 298/9
View dismissal UT Yadav b Herath 4 16 14 0 0 28.57
100.1 48.0 mph, bowled im! The arm ball does the trick, and this time when Umesh is late on the ball, it hits pad and deflects onto the stumps 312/10
Extras (lb 2, w 4, nb 7, pen 5) 18
  Total (all out; 100.1 overs; 456 mins) 312 (3.11 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets KTGD Prasad 26 4 100 4 3.84 115 13 0 (4nb, 1w)
0.2 to Rahul, 80.2 mph, he has left it! Loads of nip in! It pitched well outside off, on an uncertain length, making Rahul wonder if he had to push fully forward or hang back. In the end, he went about half way and thinks it will not threaten the stumps. But the ball hits the seam and jags back quite a long way. Should have covered the stumps if he wanted to leave like that. The front foot at fault there 2/1
0.2 to Rahul, 80.2 mph, oversteps while bowling a shortish ball on leg stump, clipped towards square leg 2/1
45.5 to RG Sharma, 84.7 mph, there it is! He has the edge! it has been his morning! Just back of a length, but Rohit was lunging forward again. Because of the ball being in the fifth stump line. Then he gets it to seam away and the batsman pushing with hard hands perishes on the stroke of lunch 119/4
45.6 to Binny, 79.4 mph, what a bowler. What control! Struck him on the front pad, then the back leg as well. First ball back, Dhammika stamps Sri Lanka all over the SSC Test. Hits a lovely, fuller length on fifth stump, then jags it back to hit him low enough on the front pad and in front of off stump. Dhammika on a hat-trick 119/5
65.1 to Ashwin, 79.8 mph, first-ball wonder! A widish delivery, but Ashwin has been sucked into pushing at it with half a bat. Poor decision from him, and his punishment is that he edges it through to the keeper. Dhammika just has a smile on his face, like he wakes up and does this every day. Just a hint of the ball holding its line, thats all needed 180/7
View wicket N Pradeep 22 6 52 1 2.36 109 7 0 (3w)
3.4 to Rahane, 87.0 mph, very full and he has missed it! That means he is a goner, according to Nigel Llong. Having looked rather comfortable, Rahane doesnt measure up when Pradeep slips in a full, fast one targeting middle and leg. Seemed rooted to the crease, should have been on the front foot, a touch late on his shot even if he was playing with a straight bat and he was falling over a tad too. Struck in line with leg and should have hit leg 14/2
View wicket AD Mathews 13 6 24 1 1.84 66 3 0
23.3 to Kohli, 75.0 mph, does him in! Captain takes captain and Kusal pouches it this time. Reaching too far outside off, he does that, he always does that and when there is away movement, it is too much of a liability. Mathews hits a lovely length, draws him outside off. The most Kohli can do with this is a block, straight into the covers at best, or at worst, an edge behind. 64/3
View wickets HMRKB Herath 27.1 3 84 3 3.09 118 8 1
92.2 to Mishra, 47.2 mph, got im! Beaten in flight. Lots of it. Mishy was racing down the track, but got too close to the ball, gets an inside edge while he was trying to drive. Took the inside edge, deflects off his pad towards Kusal Perera, who grabs the ball, had the time to juggle as well, and threw himselt at the stumps before Mishy knew what was happening. Excellent innings considering the circumstances. Didnt get bogged down, he was the greater contributor in this partnership, even 284/8
96.6 to I Sharma, 49.7 mph, away goes the middle stump! This is not his game, so why is he trying to be like Afridi? Races down the track again with those long limbs and swipes at the ball. Nowhere close to it and with Herath being as accurate as he is, takes his chance 298/9
100.1 to Yadav, 48.0 mph, bowled im! The arm ball does the trick, and this time when Umesh is late on the ball, it hits pad and deflects onto the stumps 312/10
View wicket PHT Kaushal 12 2 45 1 3.75 46 3 0 (3nb)
60.6 to Ojha, 56.0 mph, picks out long-on! A little over-attacking, although he might have wanted to send this flatter delivery a lot wider, into the midwicket region. Went for a slog sweep of sorts and ends up flat batting the ball to the man on the boundary. Sri Lanka were happy just holding things on until their strike bowlers could come back, now they have got a bonus. That is drinks as well... 173/6
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WU Tharanga c Rahul b I Sharma 4 25 23 1 0 17.39
4.5 85.1 mph, Rahul has his redemption! They might be checking the front foot, Ishant is worried, is he? He might be on the line! Thick outside edge, somewhere near the top of the bat, as a result of his natural bounce. Lovely length to pull him forward, and then the angle across tempts the left-hander. Tharanga is usually tempted there. And Rahul dives forward and takes a fine grab. His front foot was on the line but the third umpire has judged it out. Ishant must be thanking his lucky stars 11/1
View dismissal JK Silva b Yadav 3 29 11 0 0 27.27
5.2 83.5 mph, has dragged on a short ball! He was looking to block first, then he wants to pull his bat away, in the end it takes the inside edge and it crashes into the stumps. India have two in four balls and they can thank their bowlers maintaining a strict line just outside off. Plus the bounce, he got it to lift sharply from just short of a length 11/2
View dismissal FDM Karunaratne c Rahul b Binny 11 70 37 0 0 29.72
17.6 77.3 mph, Binny has another, Rahul has another and Dimuth has played an awful shot. Its the teaser, very full and rather wide outside off. This should have been left alone, especially with lunch only two minutes away. But no, Dimuth flays at it and invites the break that bit sooner. 47/5
View dismissal LD Chandimal lbw b Binny 23 35 27 5 0 85.18
11.5 inswinger gets him! Chandimal is so not amused. He is staring at the umpire, after beind struck on the back leg. It hit a good length outside off, the batsman had it covered for that, but it seams in late and sharp enough to hit him in front of the stumps. Hit high on the thigh pad of the back leg, which may have figured into umpire Rod Tuckers calculations in giving him out. The naked-eye call seems half and half. Side-on angle makes it look a bad call, though. 40/3
View dismissal AD Mathews* c †Ojha b I Sharma 1 21 9 0 0 11.11
16.1 83.8 mph, they are checking the no-ball. But it seems like there is an edge here. Kohli is looking up and the screen, nervously. But Ishant is safe and Mathews is gone! First catch for Ojha, and Mathews looking back immediately gave it away. Top delivery from Ishant too, going wide of the crease to hit a good length and get the ball to straighten. The batsman was shuffling across, then was squared up and poking away from his body just a bit. But that was just enough. Good bowling, good bowling change 45/4
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne c Rahul b I Sharma 0 9 7 0 0 0.00
18.2 86.4 mph, taken in the slips, an excellent catch by Rahul diving across in front of first slip and taking it low! Beautiful bowling from Ishant, and he yelps in delight. Thuds in back of a length and catches the left-hander in his crease, and then Thirimanne makes the mistake of pushing at the ball. It is true, he had to play it, but this pitch calls for soft hands. The ball seams, as it was threatening to do all Test, edge taken, all done 47/6
View dismissal MDKJ Perera c Kohli b I Sharma 55 85 56 9 0 98.21
33.4 84.1 mph, straight up! Kohli takes it at mid-off, and kicks it high into the air. And amid all that, Kusal has got himself into a volley of words with someone. Seems like Ishant has needled the batsman. It was length, it was wide, it was kind of like those he would hammer away. But here he strikes it a bit too high on the bat, and now when the face turns, the ball goes too far up instead of far enough long 127/7
View dismissal KTGD Prasad st †Ojha b Mishra 27 41 23 4 0 117.39
52.2 45.4 mph, races down the track and is stumped! Dhammika has been worried about his hand, both hands really. So hitting out was his only option. Charges down the pitch, does not reach the pitch, swings for all he is worth, is nowhere near it and Ojha completes a good stumping 201/10
View dismissal HMRKB Herath c †Ojha b I Sharma 49 139 84 8 0 58.33
49.5 88.2 mph, five for!. Another lovely delivery from Ishant, sends a couple of kisses into the air after the hard work. It pitched on middle and off, then veered off the straight, had Herath poking again and this time the edge is taken. Ojha makes it all worthwhile by diving away to his left and grabbing a good, low catch 183/9
View dismissal PHT Kaushal lbw b Mishra 16 39 39 3 0 41.02
44.4 50.4 mph, straighter one gets him and the leggie has broken through. But replays show there has been an inside edge. Tight line on middle and off, and it holds that line to hit the back pad. But before all that, as Kaushal was lunging forward, there was a nick. Umpire Llong though has not picked it 156/8
N Pradeep not out 2 14 5 0 0 40.00
Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 7) 10
  Total (all out; 52.2 overs; 258 mins) 201 (3.84 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets I Sharma 15 2 54 5 3.60 68 7 0 (6nb, 1w)
4.5 to Tharanga, 85.1 mph, Rahul has his redemption! They might be checking the front foot, Ishant is worried, is he? He might be on the line! Thick outside edge, somewhere near the top of the bat, as a result of his natural bounce. Lovely length to pull him forward, and then the angle across tempts the left-hander. Tharanga is usually tempted there. And Rahul dives forward and takes a fine grab. His front foot was on the line but the third umpire has judged it out. Ishant must be thanking his lucky stars 11/1
16.1 to Mathews, 83.8 mph, they are checking the no-ball. But it seems like there is an edge here. Kohli is looking up and the screen, nervously. But Ishant is safe and Mathews is gone! First catch for Ojha, and Mathews looking back immediately gave it away. Top delivery from Ishant too, going wide of the crease to hit a good length and get the ball to straighten. The batsman was shuffling across, then was squared up and poking away from his body just a bit. But that was just enough. Good bowling, good bowling change 45/4
18.2 to Thirimanne, 86.4 mph, taken in the slips, an excellent catch by Rahul diving across in front of first slip and taking it low! Beautiful bowling from Ishant, and he yelps in delight. Thuds in back of a length and catches the left-hander in his crease, and then Thirimanne makes the mistake of pushing at the ball. It is true, he had to play it, but this pitch calls for soft hands. The ball seams, as it was threatening to do all Test, edge taken, all done 47/6
33.4 to Perera, 84.1 mph, straight up! Kohli takes it at mid-off, and kicks it high into the air. And amid all that, Kusal has got himself into a volley of words with someone. Seems like Ishant has needled the batsman. It was length, it was wide, it was kind of like those he would hammer away. But here he strikes it a bit too high on the bat, and now when the face turns, the ball goes too far up instead of far enough long 127/7
49.5 to Herath, 88.2 mph, five for!. Another lovely delivery from Ishant, sends a couple of kisses into the air after the hard work. It pitched on middle and off, then veered off the straight, had Herath poking again and this time the edge is taken. Ojha makes it all worthwhile by diving away to his left and grabbing a good, low catch 183/9
View wicket UT Yadav 13 2 64 1 4.92 51 9 0
5.2 to Silva, 83.5 mph, has dragged on a short ball! He was looking to block first, then he wants to pull his bat away, in the end it takes the inside edge and it crashes into the stumps. India have two in four balls and they can thank their bowlers maintaining a strict line just outside off. Plus the bounce, he got it to lift sharply from just short of a length 11/2
View wickets STR Binny 9 3 24 2 2.66 45 4 0 (1w)
11.5 to Chandimal, inswinger gets him! Chandimal is so not amused. He is staring at the umpire, after beind struck on the back leg. It hit a good length outside off, the batsman had it covered for that, but it seams in late and sharp enough to hit him in front of the stumps. Hit high on the thigh pad of the back leg, which may have figured into umpire Rod Tuckers calculations in giving him out. The naked-eye call seems half and half. Side-on angle makes it look a bad call, though. 40/3
17.6 to Karunaratne, 77.3 mph, Binny has another, Rahul has another and Dimuth has played an awful shot. Its the teaser, very full and rather wide outside off. This should have been left alone, especially with lunch only two minutes away. But no, Dimuth flays at it and invites the break that bit sooner. 47/5
  R Ashwin 8 1 33 0 4.12 36 6 0
View wickets A Mishra 7.2 1 25 2 3.40 34 4 0 (1nb)
44.4 to Kaushal, 50.4 mph, straighter one gets him and the leggie has broken through. But replays show there has been an inside edge. Tight line on middle and off, and it holds that line to hit the back pad. But before all that, as Kaushal was lunging forward, there was a nick. Umpire Llong though has not picked it 156/8
52.2 to Prasad, 45.4 mph, races down the track and is stumped! Dhammika has been worried about his hand, both hands really. So hitting out was his only option. Charges down the pitch, does not reach the pitch, swings for all he is worth, is nowhere near it and Ojha completes a good stumping 201/10
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CA Pujara b Prasad 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
0.2 82.7 mph, you beauty! That is an aboslute corker and Pujara loses the top of middle! This was angled in, shaping to come in as well, Pujara covers for that line and gets squared up. But the ball pitches and moves away, clipped his thigh pad to tickle the stumps. Cant do much about that except admire the ball. Great start, much needed start. (Just like the first innings, when Rahul was bowled second ball) 0/1
View dismissal KL Rahul b Pradeep 2 16 8 0 0 25.00
3.2 84.9 mph, leaving the ball again! Fuller delivery outside off, he might as well be within his right to want to leave the ball, but again he has not covered the off stump by getting across in time. Shoulders arms and leaves a free path for the ball to seam back in a decent distance and hit its mark 2/2
View dismissal AM Rahane lbw b Pradeep 4 25 17 1 0 23.52
5.2 83.2 mph, off you go! Rahane caught in the crease! A little bit of inswing does him in, but he might have done better had he stepped forward. Defended down the wrong line, underestimating the seam. Struck him on the back leg, which was bent. That looked out 7/3
View dismissal V Kohli* c Tharanga b Pradeep 21 87 63 2 0 33.33
22.2 83.2 mph, a little juggle at first slip, but he has it under control. Fuller delivery on sixth stump has Kohli again! Pushing forward, playing a defensive stroke with an angled bat that would not have fetched him much runs, and at worse takes the edge as it does here. Exactly how he got out in the first innings as well 64/4
View dismissal RG Sharma c Pradeep b Prasad 50 131 72 4 1 69.44
32.5 82.7 mph, taken at long leg! Rohit has thrown it away just before lunch again! And he knows it. Looked very morose as he saw the man getting under it. The short ball has him, a strength for Rohit usually, he is a pretty good puller of the ball. Only here he is a bit late on the shot, gets a top edge and it settles in Pradeeps hands nicely. 118/5
View dismissal STR Binny c Tharanga b Prasad 49 104 62 7 0 79.03
44.2 81.3 mph, be wary of the first over of his spell. He produces these peaches, they are checking the no-ball before confirming the wicket. Looks okay(ish), about three millimeters behind the line. One run short of fifty, he edges a good length away swinger on sixth stump. And Tharanga, who was wide at first slip, dives to his left and plucks a low catch. Made it look so easy, but it was actually, you know, so tough. 160/6
View dismissal NV Ojha c Karunaratne b Herath 35 84 63 4 0 55.55
51.3 50.7 mph, ugly way to go. But it could well be because India want quick runs right now. Takes a leading edge as he was looking to swipe at a flighted delivery on leg stump. Winds up for a slog, gets a leading edge which skews straight up in the air and lands in the hands of cover 179/7
View dismissal A Mishra run out (Silva) 39 103 62 4 0 62.90
67.2 from Kaushal, has he got him!? Kaushal Silva has pulled one out of the hat. Mishy had come down the track for a whip through the leg side, and it might well have come off the middle. So he thought there were runs there, but Kaushal has stayed low, not flinched in the face of being in the firing line, picked up the ball and underarmed it back to catch Mishra short, and Mishy was going for a full length dive too 234/8
View dismissal R Ashwin c †Perera b Prasad 58 107 87 7 0 66.66
75.6 84.6 mph, there is the outside edge, and that is all there is. Prasad barely celebrates, just takes his cap and races off to the dressing room. Chasing after Ishant, who is a few yards in front. Just back of a length on fourth stump, Ashwin pokes and does not miss 274/10
View dismissal UT Yadav c Herath b Pradeep 4 29 19 0 0 21.05
74.6 86.2 mph, has he taken it? Herath had been tracking it for the longest time, neck craned up repositioning himself precisely, and then he takes the ball cleanly and holds it against his chest. Pradeep, the bowler, just grins and clutches his head, looking utterly bemused. The reason is that, this was a wacky shot, Yadav just ran away outside off and scooped the ball up, it was a steepler, but Herath has held on, just about 269/9
I Sharma not out 2 10 6 0 0 33.33
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 5) 10
  Total (all out; 76 overs; 353 mins) 274 (3.60 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets KTGD Prasad 19 3 69 4 3.63 82 8 0 (4nb, 2w)
0.2 to Pujara, 82.7 mph, you beauty! That is an aboslute corker and Pujara loses the top of middle! This was angled in, shaping to come in as well, Pujara covers for that line and gets squared up. But the ball pitches and moves away, clipped his thigh pad to tickle the stumps. Cant do much about that except admire the ball. Great start, much needed start. (Just like the first innings, when Rahul was bowled second ball) 0/1
32.5 to RG Sharma, 82.7 mph, taken at long leg! Rohit has thrown it away just before lunch again! And he knows it. Looked very morose as he saw the man getting under it. The short ball has him, a strength for Rohit usually, he is a pretty good puller of the ball. Only here he is a bit late on the shot, gets a top edge and it settles in Pradeeps hands nicely. 118/5
44.2 to Binny, 81.3 mph, be wary of the first over of his spell. He produces these peaches, they are checking the no-ball before confirming the wicket. Looks okay(ish), about three millimeters behind the line. One run short of fifty, he edges a good length away swinger on sixth stump. And Tharanga, who was wide at first slip, dives to his left and plucks a low catch. Made it look so easy, but it was actually, you know, so tough. 160/6
75.6 to Ashwin, 84.6 mph, there is the outside edge, and that is all there is. Prasad barely celebrates, just takes his cap and races off to the dressing room. Chasing after Ishant, who is a few yards in front. Just back of a length on fourth stump, Ashwin pokes and does not miss 274/10
View wickets N Pradeep 17 2 62 4 3.64 71 9 0 (1w)
3.2 to Rahul, 84.9 mph, leaving the ball again! Fuller delivery outside off, he might as well be within his right to want to leave the ball, but again he has not covered the off stump by getting across in time. Shoulders arms and leaves a free path for the ball to seam back in a decent distance and hit its mark 2/2
5.2 to Rahane, 83.2 mph, off you go! Rahane caught in the crease! A little bit of inswing does him in, but he might have done better had he stepped forward. Defended down the wrong line, underestimating the seam. Struck him on the back leg, which was bent. That looked out 7/3
22.2 to Kohli, 83.2 mph, a little juggle at first slip, but he has it under control. Fuller delivery on sixth stump has Kohli again! Pushing forward, playing a defensive stroke with an angled bat that would not have fetched him much runs, and at worse takes the edge as it does here. Exactly how he got out in the first innings as well 64/4
74.6 to Yadav, 86.2 mph, has he taken it? Herath had been tracking it for the longest time, neck craned up repositioning himself precisely, and then he takes the ball cleanly and holds it against his chest. Pradeep, the bowler, just grins and clutches his head, looking utterly bemused. The reason is that, this was a wacky shot, Yadav just ran away outside off and scooped the ball up, it was a steepler, but Herath has held on, just about 269/9
View wicket HMRKB Herath 22 0 89 1 4.04 78 6 1
51.3 to Ojha, 50.7 mph, ugly way to go. But it could well be because India want quick runs right now. Takes a leading edge as he was looking to swipe at a flighted delivery on leg stump. Winds up for a slog, gets a leading edge which skews straight up in the air and lands in the hands of cover 179/7
  AD Mathews 6 3 11 0 1.83 32 2 0
  PHT Kaushal 12 2 41 0 3.41 49 4 0 (1nb)
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings (target: 386 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WU Tharanga c †Ojha b I Sharma 0 4 7 0 0 0.00
0.6 86.3 mph, 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
View dismissal JK Silva c Pujara b Yadav 27 104 50 4 0 54.00
21.1 87.2 mph, 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
View dismissal FDM Karunaratne c †Ojha b Yadav 0 11 7 0 0 0.00
3.2 87.5 mph, 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
View dismissal LD Chandimal c Kohli b I Sharma 18 18 17 3 0 105.88
6.6 88.0 mph, 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
View dismissal AD Mathews* lbw b I Sharma 110 328 240 13 0 45.83
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
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne c Rahul b Ashwin 12 89 47 0 0 25.53
37.6 53.6 mph, 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
View dismissal MDKJ Perera c RG Sharma b Ashwin 70 154 106 11 0 66.03
76.1 52.2 mph, 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
View dismissal HMRKB Herath lbw b Ashwin 11 30 23 2 0 47.82
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
PHT Kaushal not out 1 23 14 0 0 7.14
View dismissal KTGD Prasad c Binny b Ashwin 6 3 4 1 0 150.00
83.5 46.9 mph, 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
View dismissal N Pradeep lbw b Mishra 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
84.6 48.8 mph, 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
Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 7) 13
  Total (all out; 85 overs; 388 mins) 268 (3.15 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets I Sharma 19 5 32 3 1.68 94 1 0 (4nb)
0.6 to Tharanga, 86.3 mph, 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
6.6 to Chandimal, 88.0 mph, 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 to Mathews, 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
View wickets UT Yadav 15 3 65 2 4.33 66 13 0
3.2 to Karunaratne, 87.5 mph, 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
21.1 to Silva, 87.2 mph, 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
  STR Binny 13 3 49 0 3.76 60 9 0
View wicket A Mishra 18 1 47 1 2.61 80 4 0 (3nb)
84.6 to Pradeep, 48.8 mph, 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
View wickets R Ashwin 20 2 69 4 3.45 81 7 0
37.6 to Thirimanne, 53.6 mph, 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 to Perera, 52.2 mph, 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 to Herath, 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
83.5 to Prasad, 46.9 mph, 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

Match details


Toss - Sri Lanka
Series - India won the 3-match series 2-1
Test debuts - NV Ojha (India); MDKJ Perera (Sri Lanka)
Player of the match - CA Pujara (India)
Player of the series - R Ashwin (India)
Umpires - NJ Llong (England) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - RR Wimalasiri
Match referee - AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge
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


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • Penalty: 7.2 - Ball striking Fielding Team helmet
    • Drinks: India - 40/2 in 12.0 overs (CA Pujara 14, V Kohli 9)
    • India: 50 runs in 14.4 overs (89 balls), Extras 7
    • Rain: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • Lunch: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • Rain: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • Tea: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • Wet Ground: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • Rain: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • End Of Day: India - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (CA Pujara 19, V Kohli 14)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 113 balls (CA Pujara 24, V Kohli 18, Ex 8)
    • Drinks: India - 72/3 in 30.0 overs (CA Pujara 29, RG Sharma 6)
    • India: 100 runs in 40.3 overs (246 balls), Extras 10
    • CA Pujara: 50 off 127 balls (5 x 4)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 117 balls (CA Pujara 24, RG Sharma 25, Ex 1)
    • Lunch: India - 119/4 in 45.5 overs (CA Pujara 55)
    • India: 150 runs in 54.4 overs (331 balls), Extras 11
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 85 balls (CA Pujara 28, NV Ojha 21, Ex 1)
    • Drinks: India - 173/6 in 61.0 overs (CA Pujara 86)
    • India: 200 runs in 69.2 overs (420 balls), Extras 12
    • CA Pujara: 100 off 214 balls (9 x 4)
    • Tea: India - 220/7 in 77.0 overs (CA Pujara 101, A Mishra 24)
    • 80.1 Second new ball taken
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 96 balls (CA Pujara 16, A Mishra 34, Ex 3)
    • India: 250 runs in 85.4 overs (520 balls), Extras 16
    • A Mishra: 50 off 71 balls (7 x 4)
    • Drinks: India - 278/7 in 90.0 overs (CA Pujara 127, A Mishra 55)
    • 8th Wicket: 100 runs in 156 balls (CA Pujara 39, A Mishra 57, Ex 4)
    • Rain: India - 292/8 in 95.3 overs (CA Pujara 135, I Sharma 2)
    • End Of Day: India - 292/8 in 95.3 overs (CA Pujara 135, I Sharma 2)
    • India: 300 runs in 97.3 overs (591 balls), Extras 16
    • Innings Break: India - 312/10 in 100.1 overs (CA Pujara 145)
    • Sri Lanka 1st innings
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 23/2 in 8.1 overs (FDM Karunaratne 1, LD Chandimal 11)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 47/5 in 18.0 overs (HDRL Thirimanne 0)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 18.6 overs (118 balls), Extras 5
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 28.4 overs (177 balls), Extras 7
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 62 balls (MDKJ Perera 32, HMRKB Herath 19, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 108/6 in 30.1 overs (MDKJ Perera 38, HMRKB Herath 20)
    • MDKJ Perera: 50 off 49 balls (8 x 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 44.0 overs (270 balls), Extras 9
    • KTGD Prasad (1) retired hurt on 1* from 48/6 (18.3 ov) to 156/8 (44.4 ov)
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 175/8 in 48.0 overs (KTGD Prasad 6, HMRKB Herath 47)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 51.5 overs (318 balls), Extras 10
    • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 201/10 in 52.2 overs (N Pradeep 2)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Rain: India - 21/3 in 8.1 overs (V Kohli 1, RG Sharma 14)
    • End Of Day: India - 21/3 in 8.1 overs (V Kohli 1, RG Sharma 14)
    • India: 50 runs in 18.5 overs (113 balls), Extras 2
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 90 balls (V Kohli 19, RG Sharma 30, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: India - 64/4 in 22.2 overs (RG Sharma 34)
    • India: 100 runs in 30.1 overs (182 balls), Extras 3
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 60 balls (RG Sharma 15, STR Binny 35, Ex 1)
    • RG Sharma: 50 off 71 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Lunch: India - 132/5 in 37.0 overs (STR Binny 38, NV Ojha 11)
    • India: 150 runs in 41.2 overs (251 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: India - 168/6 in 48.0 overs (NV Ojha 34, A Mishra 2)
    • Drinks: India - 196/7 in 57.0 overs (A Mishra 18, R Ashwin 10)
    • India: 200 runs in 58.3 overs (354 balls), Extras 7
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 88 balls (A Mishra 27, R Ashwin 23, Ex 0)
    • Tea: India - 234/8 in 67.2 overs (R Ashwin 27)
    • India: 250 runs in 71.4 overs (433 balls), Extras 7
    • R Ashwin: 50 off 76 balls (6 x 4)
    • Innings Break: India - 274/10 in 76.0 overs (I Sharma 2)
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 12.6 overs (79 balls), Extras 3
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 67/3 in 18.1 overs (JK Silva 24, AD Mathews 22)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 72 balls (JK Silva 23, AD Mathews 25, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 83/4 in 27.0 overs (AD Mathews 31, HDRL Thirimanne 3)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 99/4 in 35.0 overs (AD Mathews 40, HDRL Thirimanne 10)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 35.3 overs (215 balls), Extras 4
    • AD Mathews: 50 off 118 balls (7 x 4)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 134/5 in 47.0 overs (AD Mathews 56, MDKJ Perera 12)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 49.5 overs (306 balls), Extras 9
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 85 balls (AD Mathews 21, MDKJ Perera 27, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 183/5 in 60.0 overs (AD Mathews 74, MDKJ Perera 43)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 67.5 overs (414 balls), Extras 9
    • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 186 balls (AD Mathews 47, MDKJ Perera 49, Ex 4)
    • MDKJ Perera: 50 off 89 balls (8 x 4)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 219/5 in 70.0 overs (AD Mathews 96, MDKJ Perera 57)
    • AD Mathews: 100 off 217 balls (12 x 4)
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 249/6 in 80.0 overs (AD Mathews 110, HMRKB Herath 3)
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 81.2 overs (495 balls), Extras 9
 
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