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2nd Test, Nagpur, November 24 - 27, 2017, Sri Lanka tour of India
205 & 166

India won by an innings and 239 runs

Player Of The Match
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1.30 pm That's all we have for you from commentary. But do keep a weather eye on the horizon for post-match stories from the ground, and of course, India will be picking the squad for the tour of South Africa later today. We'll bring you the latest as the story develops. Until then, go on, get outta here.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match"The pitch was good to bat on. It was on the slower side, but there was nothing much happening from the pitch. I just wanted to bat the way I bat: get into good position and rotate strike and score quickly so our bowlers have time to bowl the opposition out. We will need that overseas so I was looking at doing that here as well. I always wanted to better myself in that aspect, scoring daddy hundreds, for the simple reason that the team benefits. When you lose concentration after a hundred, maybe two wickets can fall quickly. And a set batsman can play shots easier than a new batsman so I started thinking in that way and my fitness helps me bat for longer periods. Wonderfully well, Pujara we know, he's been very consistent. Vijay was playing after a while, he takes pride in playing Test cricket. I know it hurt him to be out and he came back really well. Rohit as well, making a strong case for himself in the future. He will always be there when we speak about combinations. We have a lot of Test cricket coming up. All the bowlers, Bhuvi has played a lot of cricket for India in the last few months. Ishant, Shami and Umesh, not so much. But they bowled a lot of overs in first-class cricket and they always say that's important for rhythm. And even on this pitch, they were excellent. Although the spinners did a good job for us, Ishant was the standout bowler. We would like to think we want to prepare for South Africa. That's why we asked for pitches with help for hte fast bowler.s This one deteriorated. Kolkata was the ideal wicket. There's not enough time in between to prepare so we have to use the time we have now for a big tour coming up"

"It was a good toss to win. Unfortunately, we were outplayed from the first day of the game. Our batting unit let us down again. You have to score at least 350 plus against India to win or even stay in it for five days," Dinesh Chandimal the Sri Lanka captain says. "Before we came here, we had a gameplan. Then we said to the guys, if you get a start, you have to bat long. But they scored only 50-60 runs and got out. Its unfortunate but I'm sure they will learn. Angelo is the one who is the most senior guy in the line-up. And if he is not scoring, our team goes down. As senior players you need to stand up and perform so the youngsters can follow. I'm sure he will stand up and make it count again. Our body language when we were bowling for three days, it was superb. We need to score more runs in the first innings and that's what we need to do in Delhi. ON this wicket, first three days was good to bat on. First innings total became a big factor. Our bowling unit did a really great job, but if there's no runs on the board, we can't do anything"

1.15 pm Out stats expert Gaurav Sundararaman chips in with: "32 wins for India in 2017 - Most they have won in a year going past the 31 wins they had in 2016. Next target is Australia's record of 38 wins in 2003. 7 more matches to go."

"Today was a bit funny in the morning," R Ashwin says. "We started off and the ball spun a little bit, it kept straight as well. Special mention to Ishant, he's bowled really well after coming back. The angular release also makes it difficult, changing the height of the release has also helped. And me and Jaddu bowl the right pace on these kinds of wickets. We are a bit more blessed than the other greats. We have technology to help. We have help with our fitness. So we shouldn't compare. The carrom ball was a good ball, I haven't bowled many of those in the last 24 months. I've worked on different releases for it and now that we are travelling, I think I needed that extra bit. It has been al longer break than I've been used to over the last few years. But I did have a good stint in Worcester and I learnt a lot of things. As you can see, I've worked on different loadings, different actions. It's also helped my patience, wickets haven't come quickly. I really hope I can go on to double these 300 wickets, I've only played 50 Tests. It's not easy bowling spin, it looks like you're just ambling up. But there's a lot behind it. We've bowled a lot of overs, me and Jaddu. And the break has helped, I'm a lot more fresher now comparatively."

If that's not enough, you can get a lot more of Ashwin in this comprehensive profile piece for The Cricket Monthly by Karthik Krishnaswamy. For those who cringe at 3000 words of text, here's a snappy little video debating whether Ashwin is already an all-time great

"The way Umesh and Shami have bowled, they deserved to get the chance before me," Ishant Sharma says of his time out of the Test side. "I think at the moment, that's what matters. The wickets column was always empty, so I needed to outthink the batsman. That's what I did here. Thanks to Basu sir, he's pushing everyone hard on fitness and Virat is setting the example. It's a pretty good competition among fast bowlers in India. We have to take wickets whenever we get the chance to perform. We have to be on our toes"

1 pm So India win by an innings and 239 runs, equalling their biggest win in Tests. The biggest factor that brought this result to the fore was Sri Lanka's batting - crumbling for 200 on the day on a batting pitch. India took the advantage there and never gave it away. M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli - three of their top four - made massive centuries. And their lead spinner R Ashwin finishes the Test off with 300 Test wickets, the now the quickest to the mark, on the same day as the previous record was set by Dennis Lillee.

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.

Lahiru Gamage b Ashwin 0 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Ashwin to Gamage, no run

tosses it up on middle and off. Gamage plays it down well

Ashwin to Gamage, no run

carrom ball, pitching on leg stump, pinning Gamage on the front pad. Hasn't straightened enough for the lbw

Countdown(up?) to 300 again...

end of over 49Maiden
SL: 166/9CRR: 3.38 
Suranga Lakmal31 (42)
Lahiru Gamage0 (6)
Umesh Yadav 9-2-30-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 17-4-63-3

Rajesh Mahadesh: "Will Ashwin reach Murali's 800 test wickets? Murali achieved 300 wickets when he was 29 years old and Ashwin is 31 years old 1 shy of 300. Surely age is not on his side. To achieve that he needs to average 50 wickets a year for next 10 years."

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, no run

shortish and outside off, Lakmal tries to punch through cover, but the ball cuts back in off the pitch and beats the inside edge

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, no run

keeps out a good length ball on off stump

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, no run

so close to off stump! It's a back of a length ball that hits the deck and veers in on the target. Lakmal, having set himself to cut, is so slow to bring his bat down

Sheetal Potdar: "Let the third seamer debate against SA begin. Umesh vs ishant vs Bumrah. I personally like Umesh because he bowls at a decent pace and can reverse swing. Besides he's supremely fit and deserves to be given a chance given his run in the home season last year."

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, no run

good length ball wanders harmlessly down leg

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, no run

goes short and outside off, Lakmal slogs and misses

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, no run

pins him on the front pad with a quick, reverse-swinging delivery as Lakmal tries to flick. It would have slid down leg

end of over 481 run
SL: 166/9CRR: 3.45 
Lahiru Gamage0 (6)
Suranga Lakmal31 (36)
Ravichandran Ashwin 17-4-63-3
Umesh Yadav 8-1-30-2
Ashwin to Gamage, no run

lunges forward onto off stump to defend a tossed up delivery

Ashwin to Gamage, no run

falls short of short leg. Ashwin drags the tailender outside off for a defensive prod. The drift is followed by dip and turn to take the inside edge. Lovely stuff

Ashwin to Gamage, no run

lunges forward to defend a flighted delivery outside off. Gets an inside edge to short leg

Ashwin to Gamage, no run

very late decision to try a late cut - and the good length ball outside off beats his top-edge!

Ashwin to Gamage, no run

defends a good length ball on off stump

No. 11 to face a man on 299 Test wickets

Ashwin to Lakmal, 1 run

tossed up delivery outside off, Lakmal drives to long-off

end of over 47Wicket maiden
SL: 165/9CRR: 3.51 
Lahiru Gamage0 (1)
Suranga Lakmal30 (35)
Umesh Yadav 8-1-30-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 16-4-62-3
Umesh Yadav to Gamage, no run

inswinging yorker and he keeps it out well. Umesh flashes a fiendish little grin. He's on 99 Test wickets. It's a race into the record-books

Can Gamage do some damage?

Umesh 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.

Dinesh Chandimal c Ashwin b Yadav 61 (111m 82b 10x4 0x6) SR: 74.39
Umesh Yadav to Chandimal, no run

scary bounce, for this delivery is directed straight at the body, at decent pace. One second, Chandimal is trying to block, next he is hurrying to keep the ball down, yanking the bottom hand away and forcing the bat face down

Umesh Yadav to Chandimal, no run

uses the angle into him to turn the back of a length delivery to short midwicket

Umesh Yadav to Chandimal, no run

covers the line of a shortish delivery on off stump which seems to straighten a tad bit

Umesh Yadav to Lakmal, 1 leg bye

tails into the right-hander, does this yorker, and it goes off the pads to long leg

Venkat: "Pl Explain on how is that Indian Spinners are so successful in this track, when the same SL failed on, for Dilruvan, giving nearly 200 runs in his bowling and struggling to pick the wickets. " ---- Never underestimate scoreboard pressure. And of course, India's batsmen were adamant against making silly mistakes.

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