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Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test at Colombo, , Aug 28 2015 - Match 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
Player Of The Series
94 runs • 21 wkts
Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav | Comms: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
India 312/10(100.1 overs)
4/100 (26)
59 (87)
3/84 (27.1)
Sri Lanka 201/10(52.2 overs)
55 (56)
5/54 (15)
India 274/10(76 overs)
Sri Lanka 268/10(85 overs)
70 (106)
3/32 (19)
end of over 855 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 268/10CRR: 3.15 
Tharindu Kaushal1 (14b)
Amit Mishra 18-1-47-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 20-2-69-4

Kohli walks up to collect the winners cheque, and then the series trophy. A resilient show by them, having gone down earlier in the series - watch Kohli's interview here. Their bowlers lasted the entire series and kept threatening throughout. Their top order handled seaming conditions better and were it not for one foolhardy session in Galle, this could have been 3-0. Thank you for your comments and your company. That is all we have for you, do stay tuned to the site for stories from Andrew Fernando and Sharda Ugra. Plus there are always a flurry of videos to follow. First up: Watch - the winning moment and the reverse-sweep that soured Kusal Perera's debut (not available in Sri Lanka and Canada, sorry). Another Mathews innings went in vain, alas! You can watch that too, right here.

Here's the next CricIQ social question:

29. Who said: "The number of no-balls given against us and them clearly shows the home side enjoyed advantage."

A. Kapil Dev, after losing in 1985

B. Sachin Tendulkar, after Sri Lanka made 952

C. Mohammad Azharuddin, after winning in 1993

D. Sourav Ganguly, after losing in 2001

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Also, stay tuned for the final question!

Our final CricIQ social question for the Sri Lanka-India series:

30. Who was Murali's 800th Test victim

A. Ishant Sharma

B. Pragyan Ojha

C. VVS Laxman

D. Abhimanyu Mithun

Tweet your answer to @ESPNcricinfo in the following format: If you think the correct answer is A, then tweet "@ESPNcricinfo #CricIQ 30A".

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"Really important after losing in the first game. It was not easy for the boys to come back like that. The good thing about us is that we are always positive and we stick to our plans and persist with them. The ball was coming nicely from my hand, and hopefully whenever I play my next game, I do the same," says Ishant Sharma

And midway through an Amit Mishra interview, Ajinkya Rahane video bombs it by lifting Mishra up off his feet to say well bowled

R Ashwin is the Man of the Series: Like to thank the boys, the catching has been brilliant and that is why I have more than 20 wickets in the series. Having been here before for the one-day tournaments, and we had a practice game as well and my takeaway was that the wickets were slow and I have to put more body in. It has been quite a while to win a Man of the Series, happy to win it. Had a few tennis elbow issues, had to change my technique a little bit. Happy to pay them back with a fifty

The winning captain Virat Kohli says, "Being 0-1 down was never easy. I was told it has never been done [away from home], created a bit of history. Even the guys who havent played, guys like Bhuvi and Varun and Bhajji, a senior, who has run around and helped everyone. Feels nice, especially with such a young team, early in our careers, it is a magnificent milestone, winning here for the first time in 22 years. injuries are always something that frustrates the team, But the attitude has been brilliant and you mentioned Pujara came in after someone was injuryed and he saw it as an opportunity and not diffuclty. That is why we are playing the kind of cricket we are playing. There are areas we want to improve on, but over the series, we can count the number of sessions we were bad on one hand. Really proud of the boys"

Angelo Mathews says, "Disappointed, especially after winning a crucial toss and them batting in demanding conditions. Our batting flopped again. The bowlers were outstanding. And then after giving them a 100-run lead, we did not bat well. We could have kept them under 300 in the first innings. The bowlers bowled pretty well, but India batted well. Our first innings batting was crucial, we needed to get close to 300. Thought if me and Kusal could have stayed there longer, it could have been different. But they bowled really well"

4.00 pm Cheteshwar Pujara is adjudged the Man of the Match for his first-innings, match-winning 145. Big smiles on his face and the teams as he walks up. "It was a very good opportunity for me, we were 1-1 and we won the series now. Facing the new ball was challenging, it was an opportunity as well. My preparation was good, and my experience in International cricket has helped"

Virat Kohli has a stump for himself and he is ebullient in asking Ishant and Pujara to lead the team off. It will please the team management, and the fans too, that India have fought well, fought hard and have found ways to win key moments. The new ball was the best weapon on this grassy SSC pitch, Cheteshwar Pujara realised that and played outstandingly well to score a century on comeback and Ishant Sharma, with the same knowledge, ensured the Sri Lanka top order did not have such heroes. Eight wickets in the match for him, and the 5 for 54 he took in the first innings was the best by an India seamer in Sri Lanka. Not to mention his taking 200 Test wickets as well

Angelo Mathews was so dogged with the bat. Played only riskfree shots, found most of his runs from the leg side which meant he was trying to play as close to the body as he could. Another fourth-inning century for him, but it could not fetch the result he wanted. The blame will be put on their top order, which lacked substance the first time they had to front up without Kumar Sangakkara. Stay tuned for the presentation

Santosh Singh: "Ultimately the first innings lead of 112 proved to be the difference between winning and loosing team . Lankan second innings score 268 was not far from Indian second innings score 274"

anchal: "Grass on the pitch...good bowling conditions for Seamers...still a offie top scored for India with 4 wickets in this inning... #RAshwin"

Jaykumar Bhanda: "Ishant has his 200th, but Ashwin already has 145 to his name in just 28 matches. The fastest to this feat is 36, so he has to take 55 in the next 14 innings. Seems possible. :)"

Paras: "Kudos to the SL curators in this series - swing, seam, turn and bounce - everything was on display!" --- Sharda paints a striking picture about that. She says it seemed as if the spirit of all the fast bowlers who had toiled on the previous road-like surfaces had said enough was enough and taken this pitch and made it do their bidding

Mishra to Pradeep, OUT

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

Nuwan Pradeep lbw b Mishra 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 0

cricket Simplet: "it was Gatting in kolkata, it was Younis in Galle, its Kushal Perera in SSC.. #Reverse Sweep blues"

Mishra to Kaushal, 1 run

fires in the seam-up delivery on middle and off, tucked away through midwicket

Mishra to Kaushal, no run

googly on off stump, Kaushal keeps it out

Mishra to Kaushal, 4 byes

slides down leg, Ojha skips down leg, is unsighted by the batsman and four byes are the result

Mishra to Kaushal, no run

a lot slower through the air, the batsman lunges forward with an angled bat and defends

Mishra to Kaushal, no run

pushed through on off stump, defended

Mishra now

end of over 846 runs • 2 wickets
SL: 263/9CRR: 3.13 
Nuwan Pradeep0 (1b)
Tharindu Kaushal0 (9b)
Ravichandran Ashwin 20-2-69-4
Ishant Sharma 19-5-32-3
Ashwin to Pradeep, no run

plays down the wrong line and is beaten by the flighted delivery outside off. He does that well, Ashwin, changing his grip in such a way that it does not turn

"And now Dhammikka is leaving and Ishant has been allowed back toward the centre & he casts a longing look back at the departing Dhammika," Sharda is obviously having too much fun out there. Meanwhile, one last wicket left standing for Sri Lanka

Ashwin to Prasad, OUT

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

Dhammika Prasad c Binny b Ashwin 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 3m) SR: 150
Ashwin to Prasad, FOUR runs

he has his boundary. Another race down the pitch and a thump down the ground. Gets under the tossed up delivery and puts it away

Ashwin to Prasad, no run

jumps down the track, to the pitch of the tossed up delivery, and it is driven to mid-off

Dhammika has arrived and Ishant has been immediately dispatched to the square leg/ widish long leg boundary furthest from Dhammika and his earshot, says Sharda

Ashwin to Prasad, 2 runs

big old slog off the length ball outside off, heaved away over midwicket who was inside the circle

Dhammika Prasad jogs out to bat now... Soon we will see him v Ishant again

Ashwin to Herath, OUT

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?

Rangana Herath lbw b Ashwin 11 (23b 2x4 0x6 30m) SR: 47.82

Ashwin has been brought on to bowl with the new ball. Bowling from around the stumps with slip, gully short leg

end of over 83Maiden
SL: 257/7CRR: 3.09 
Tharindu Kaushal0 (9b)
Rangana Herath11 (22b 2x4)
Ishant Sharma 19-5-32-3
Umesh Yadav 15-3-65-2
Sharma to Kaushal, no run

teasing him just outside off, but the length is a shade too short. Perhaps seduced by the carry through to the keeper? Should be paying more attention to the fact that Kaushal is leaving so easily

Sharma to Kaushal, no run

139kph, pushed through full on middle and leg, Kaushal was looking to work it off his pads, not quite fast enough to get his bat down

Makes Ishant pull out of his delivery stride, would not please the fast bowler

Sharma to Kaushal, no run

back of a length and outside off, Kaushal stows the bat away

Sharma to Kaushal, no run

third short ball on the trot, and this one slides down leg. Kaushal simply bends his back inside the line

Ishant being told about his straying close to the crease

Sharma to Kaushal, no run

another good bouncer, angling in at the side of his head. Kaushal has watched enough of it to duck under

Sharma to Kaushal, no run

good take from Ojha, leaping up and sticking one hand up as high as it could go to bring down that bouncer. Sharp bouncer from Ishant. He wants 201, 202 and 203 here

end of over 828 runs
SL: 257/7CRR: 3.13 
Rangana Herath11 (22b 2x4)
Tharindu Kaushal0 (3b)
Umesh Yadav 15-3-65-2
Ishant Sharma 18-4-32-3
Umesh Yadav to Herath, no run

140kph, bangs it in short, and a bit too wide to interest even Herath in this mood

Umesh Yadav to Herath, no run

goes around the wicket for a good length ball on off stump, defended

Two slips, short leg and leg gully

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
CA Pujara
145 runs (289)
14 fours0 six
Productive shot
39 runs
4 fours0 six
AD Mathews
110 runs (240)
13 fours0 six
Productive shot
33 runs
2 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
I Sharma
R Ashwin
Match details
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
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)
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