RESULT
3rd Test, Pallekele, August 12 - 14, 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
(f/o) 135 & 181

India won by an innings and 171 runs

Player Of The Match
108 & 1/28
hardik-pandya
Player Of The Series
358 runs
shikhar-dhawan
Match centre 
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Scorecard summary
India 487/10(122.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka 135/10(37.4 overs)
1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka 181/10(74.3 overs)
2nd INNINGS

2.48pm Smiles, jokes, laughs. India leave the field pleased. You won't see too many in the Sri Lanka camp. India have eased past Sri Lanka for the third consecutive time this series, this time inside three days. Sri Lanka were made to follow-on again but didn't get close for the second time this Test, folding for just 181 on a surface that didn't do too much. There was an apparent bridge in skill between the two sides. All of India's bowlers, including fifth-bowler Hardik Pandya, contributed either with wickets or pressure or both. Sri Lanka's batsmen played with no clear gameplan, and predictably, weren't able to sustain a period of excellence through the series.

The presentation.

Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Series: "Before the series, I was in Hong Kong enjoying my holiday. Things went very well for me. I got backup from my management, i enjoy playing this way, it's my natural game. I've to keep doing i, nothing permanent, we have tight competition for all positions."

Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match: "I was glad that I got my first hundred here, situation pretty good for me. I was always going to have a target in mind. Test cricket is not easy to get five-fors, takes plenty of hardwork. I'm alright with where the team needs me to bat."

Virat Kohli: "A good day, a good win. Always nice to have a convincing win. I would say the regulars have performed, the biggest positive was Hardik's inclusions - he gives us a boost in the middle order. We are a young side, looking forward to all Tests, that's the only way you can be ruthless. We like to be proactive instead of reactive."

Dinesh Chandimal: "You can't control the toss, a tough series as a team. India played some good cricket. Our batting and bowling was below-par through the series. We had to be more patient and concentrate more."

Cheteshwar Pujara: "We've played for IndianOil too, scored many runs together (Ajinkya Rahane). When it comes to preparation, once we've ticked all the boxes, we trust our abilities. I would like to play more county matches, it did help me. When you play county cricket, you get challenging wickets."

Ajinkya Rahane: "Played a wrong shot, played on instinct (first-innings dismissal). When a guy isn't doing well, he (batting coach Sanjay Bangar) takes you out for dinner and gives you positive vibes."

74.3
W
Ashwin to Lahiru Kumara, OUT

and that's the innings! And match! And series! India complete a 3-0 series whitewash. The carrom ball outside off, started it wide enough, the ball beats Kumara on the outside edge and knocks into off stump.

Lahiru Kumara b Ashwin 10 (15b 2x4 0x6 18m) SR: 66.66
74.2
4
Ashwin to Lahiru Kumara, FOUR runs

cracked away past mid-on's right. Flight on middle and leg, comes down and drills it back. Not the greatest timing, but enough

74.1
1
Ashwin to Vishwa Fernando, 1 run

short and slow down leg, worked away to midwicket for a single. Not a result Ashwin would mind

Ashwin

end of over 746 runs
SL: 176/9CRR: 2.37 
Lahiru Kumara6 (13b 1x4)
Vishwa Fernando3 (16b)
Kuldeep Yadav 17-4-56-1
Mohammed Shami 15-6-32-3
73.6
2
Kuldeep to Lahiru Kumara, 2 runs

clears mid-on running back. Skips down the track, doesn't get to the pitch but goes through with his attempted slog. Enough bat to clear the fielder running back.

73.5
Kuldeep to Lahiru Kumara, no run

flat and quick outside off, defended

73.4
4
Kuldeep to Lahiru Kumara, FOUR runs

smashed away in the gap at mid-off. Plenty of flight outside off, Kumara makes room and hits it well enough

73.3
Kuldeep to Lahiru Kumara, no run

another googly, this is shorter and slower, left alone

73.2
Kuldeep to Lahiru Kumara, no run

the googly outside off, hammered to mid-on

73.1
Kuldeep to Lahiru Kumara, no run

short and wide outside off, ripping turn. A half leave

The session will be extended. Kuldeep

end of over 73Maiden
SL: 170/9CRR: 2.32 
Vishwa Fernando3 (16b)
Lahiru Kumara0 (7b)
Mohammed Shami 15-6-32-3
Umesh Yadav 13-5-21-2
72.6
Shami to Vishwa Fernando, no run

142 kph, beaten again. Full outside off, Fernando misses another drive

72.5
Shami to Vishwa Fernando, no run

good length outside off, 89 mph, Fernando beaten on the outside edge

72.4
Shami to Vishwa Fernando, no run

dropped! Came back slower than Shami expected. Full delivery outside off, chipped back to the bowler's right. Shami gets his hand out, but the ball hits him on the wrist.

72.3
Shami to Vishwa Fernando, no run

a good softening bouncer on off, 83 mph, Fernando sways out of the line.

72.2
Shami to Vishwa Fernando, no run

a yorker outside off, 145 kph, jammed out back to the bowler

72.1
Shami to Vishwa Fernando, no run

good length on a fourth-stump channel, defended into the off side

end of over 72Maiden
SL: 170/9CRR: 2.36 
Lahiru Kumara0 (7b)
Vishwa Fernando3 (10b)
Umesh Yadav 13-5-21-2
Mohammed Shami 14-5-32-3
71.6
Umesh Yadav to Lahiru Kumara, no run

on a length on middle and leg, played away towards mid-on. Not the friendliest over to a No. 11

71.5
Umesh Yadav to Lahiru Kumara, no run

good length outside off, defended into the off side

71.4
Umesh Yadav to Lahiru Kumara, no run

smashes him on the arm. Ouch. Another well-directed bouncer on leg, Kumara sways awkwardly, but the ball follows him and thwacks him on the arm.

71.3
Umesh Yadav to Lahiru Kumara, no run

short of a length down leg, Kumara ducks underneath

71.2
Umesh Yadav to Lahiru Kumara, no run

fullish, straight, defended somehow. Ungainly

Best performances - batters
S Dhawan
S Dhawan IND
119 runs (123)
17 fours0 six
Control
85%
Productive shot
cut shot
28 runs
5 fours0 six
542413302635
HH Pandya
HH Pandya IND
108 runs (96)
8 fours7 sixes
Control
83%
Productive shot
straight drive
19 runs
0 four3 sixes
10110012153426
Best performances - bowlers
PADLR Sandakan
PADLR Sandakan SL
O
35.3
M
4
R
132
W
5
ECO
3.71
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
R Ashwin
R Ashwin IND
O
28.3
M
6
R
68
W
4
ECO
2.38
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2017
Player Of The Match
India
Hardik Pandya
Player Of The Series
India
Shikhar Dhawan
Series resultIndia won the 3-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2269
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days12,13,14 August 2017 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
England
Richard Illingworth
Australia
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Australia
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
West Indies
Richie Richardson
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