RESULT
3rd Test, Colombo (SSC), August 28 - September 01, 2015, India tour of Sri Lanka
312 & 274
(T:386) 201 & 268

India won by 117 runs

Player Of The Match
145*
cheteshwar-pujara
Player Of The Series
94 runs • 21 wkts
ravichandran-ashwin
India 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
India 2nd Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Match Details
India 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
KL Rahul  b Prasad22100100.00
Cheteshwar Pujara not out 14528945614050.17
Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Pradeep813162061.53
Virat Kohli (c)c †Perera b Mathews1860963030.00
Rohit Sharma c Tharanga b Prasad2665953140.00
Stuart Binny lbw b Prasad011000.00
Naman Ojha c Tharanga b Kaushal2154633038.88
Ravichandran Ashwin c †Perera b Prasad514181035.71
Amit Mishra st †Perera b Herath59871227067.81
Ishant Sharma  b Herath69231066.66
Umesh Yadav  b Herath414160028.57
Extras(lb 2, nb 7, w 4, pen 5)18
TOTAL100.1 Ov (RR: 3.11, 456 Mts)312
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (KL Rahul, 0.2 ov), 2-14 (Ajinkya Rahane, 3.4 ov), 3-64 (Virat Kohli, 23.3 ov), 4-119 (Rohit Sharma, 45.5 ov), 5-119 (Stuart Binny, 45.6 ov), 6-173 (Naman Ojha, 60.6 ov), 7-180 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 65.1 ov), 8-284 (Amit Mishra, 92.2 ov), 9-298 (Ishant Sharma, 96.6 ov), 10-312 (Umesh Yadav, 100.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Dhammika Prasad26410043.8411513014
0.2 to KL Rahul, oversteps while bowling a shortish ball on leg stump, clipped towards square leg. 2/1
45.5 to RG Sharma, 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 STR Binny, 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 R Ashwin, 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
Nuwan Pradeep2265212.361097030
3.4 to AM Rahane, 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
Angelo Mathews1362411.84663000
23.3 to V Kohli, 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
Rangana Herath27.138433.091188100
92.2 to A Mishra, 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, 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 UT Yadav, 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
Tharindu Kaushal1224513.75463003
60.6 to NV Ojha, 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 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Upul Tharanga c Rahul b I Sharma423251017.39
Kaushal Silva  b Yadav311290027.27
Dimuth Karunaratne c Rahul b Binny1137700029.72
Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Binny2327355085.18
Angelo Mathews (c)c †Ojha b I Sharma19210011.11
Lahiru Thirimanne c Rahul b I Sharma079000.00
Kusal Perera c Kohli b I Sharma5556859098.21
Dhammika Prasad st †Ojha b Mishra27234140117.39
Rangana Herath c †Ojha b I Sharma49841398058.33
Tharindu Kaushal lbw b Mishra1639393041.02
Nuwan Pradeep not out 25140040.00
Extras(lb 1, nb 7, w 2)10
TOTAL52.2 Ov (RR: 3.84, 258 Mts)201
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Upul Tharanga, 4.5 ov), 2-11 (Kaushal Silva, 5.2 ov), 3-40 (Dinesh Chandimal, 11.5 ov), 4-45 (Angelo Mathews, 16.1 ov), 5-47 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 17.6 ov), 6-47 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 18.2 ov), 6-48 (18.3 ov), 7-127 (Kusal Perera, 33.4 ov), 8-156 (Tharindu Kaushal, 44.4 ov), 9-183 (Rangana Herath, 49.5 ov), 10-201 (Dhammika Prasad, 52.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Ishant Sharma1525453.60687016
4.5 to WU Tharanga, 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 AD Mathews, 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 HDRL Thirimanne, 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 MDKJ Perera, 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 HMRKB Herath, 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
Umesh Yadav1326414.92519000
5.2 to JK Silva, 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
Stuart Binny932422.66454010
11.5 to LD 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 FDM Karunaratne, 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
Ravichandran Ashwin813304.12366000
Amit Mishra7.212523.40344001
18.3 to KTGD Prasad, 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. 48/6
44.4 to PHT Kaushal, 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 KTGD Prasad, 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 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Cheteshwar Pujara  b Prasad021000.00
KL Rahul  b Pradeep28160025.00
Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Pradeep417251023.52
Virat Kohli (c)c Tharanga b Pradeep2163872033.33
Rohit Sharma c Pradeep b Prasad50721314169.44
Stuart Binny c Tharanga b Prasad49621047079.03
Naman Ojha c Karunaratne b Herath3563844055.55
Amit Mishra run out (Silva)39621034062.90
Ravichandran Ashwin c †Perera b Prasad58871077066.66
Umesh Yadav c Herath b Pradeep419290021.05
Ishant Sharma not out 26100033.33
Extras(b 1, lb 1, nb 5, w 3)10
TOTAL76 Ov (RR: 3.60, 353 Mts)274
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 0.2 ov), 2-2 (KL Rahul, 3.2 ov), 3-7 (Ajinkya Rahane, 5.2 ov), 4-64 (Virat Kohli, 22.2 ov), 5-118 (Rohit Sharma, 32.5 ov), 6-160 (Stuart Binny, 44.2 ov), 7-179 (Naman Ojha, 51.3 ov), 8-234 (Amit Mishra, 67.2 ov), 9-269 (Umesh Yadav, 74.6 ov), 10-274 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 75.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Dhammika Prasad1936943.63828024
0.2 to CA Pujara, 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, 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 STR Binny, 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 R Ashwin, 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
Nuwan Pradeep1726243.64719010
3.2 to KL Rahul, 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 AM Rahane, 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 V Kohli, 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 UT Yadav, 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
Rangana Herath2208914.04786100
51.3 to NV Ojha, 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
Angelo Mathews631101.83322000
Tharindu Kaushal1224103.41494001
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (T: 386 runs)
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Upul Tharanga c †Ojha b I Sharma074000.00
Kaushal Silva c Pujara b Yadav27501044054.00
Dimuth Karunaratne c †Ojha b Yadav0711000.00
Dinesh Chandimal c Kohli b I Sharma18171830105.88
Angelo Mathews (c)lbw b I Sharma11024032813045.83
Lahiru Thirimanne c Rahul b Ashwin1247890025.53
Kusal Perera c RG Sharma b Ashwin7010615411066.03
Rangana Herath lbw b Ashwin1123302047.82
Tharindu Kaushal not out 11423007.14
Dhammika Prasad c Binny b Ashwin64310150.00
Nuwan Pradeep lbw b Mishra024000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 2, nb 7)13
TOTAL85 Ov (RR: 3.15, 388 Mts)268
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Upul Tharanga, 0.6 ov), 2-2 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 3.2 ov), 3-21 (Dinesh Chandimal, 6.6 ov), 4-74 (Kaushal Silva, 21.1 ov), 5-107 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 37.6 ov), 6-242 (Kusal Perera, 76.1 ov), 7-249 (Angelo Mathews, 80.3 ov), 8-257 (Rangana Herath, 83.1 ov), 9-263 (Dhammika Prasad, 83.5 ov), 10-268 (Nuwan Pradeep, 84.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Ishant Sharma1953231.68941004
0.6 to WU Tharanga, 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 LD Chandimal, 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 AD 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
Umesh Yadav1536524.336613000
3.2 to FDM Karunaratne, 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 JK Silva, 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
Stuart Binny1334903.76609000
Amit Mishra1814712.61804003
84.6 to N Pradeep, 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
Ravichandran Ashwin2026943.45817000
37.6 to HDRL Thirimanne, 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 MDKJ Perera, 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 HMRKB 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 KTGD Prasad, 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
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MATCH DETAILS
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Series
Season2015
Player Of The Match
India
Cheteshwar Pujara
Player Of The Series
India
Ravichandran Ashwin
Series resultIndia won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2179
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days28,29,30,31 August, 1 September 2015 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Naman Ojha
Naman Ojha
Kusal Perera
Kusal Perera
Umpires
England
Nigel Llong
Australia
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft
CLOSE OF PLAY
Fri, 28 Aug - day 1 - India 1st innings 50/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 19*, Virat Kohli 14*, 15 ov)
Sat, 29 Aug - day 2 - India 1st innings 292/8 (Cheteshwar Pujara 135*, Ishant Sharma 2*, 95.3 ov)
Sun, 30 Aug - day 3 - India 2nd innings 21/3 (Virat Kohli 1*, Rohit Sharma 14*, 8.1 ov)
Mon, 31 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 67/3 (Kaushal Silva 24*, Angelo Mathews 22*, 18.1 ov)
Tue, 01 Sep - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 268 (85 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • 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
Sri Lanka Innings
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