India beat Sri Lanka by innings and 53 runs in the second test played in Colombo, to take an unassailable lead in three match test series by 2-0. Ravindra Jadeja was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance scoring 70 runs in first innings and taking a total of 7 wickets in two innings.

Brief Scores

India 1st innings: 662-9 declared in 158 overs. (Cheteshwar Pujara 133, Rahane 132; Rangana Herath 4- 154)
Sri Lanka innings: 183 and 386 in 116.5 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne 141, Kushal Mendis 110 ; R Jadeja 5 -152)

Number Game

Most consecutive Test series wins for captains:
9 – Ricky Ponting
7 – Steve Waugh

Most consecutive series wins for a team:
9 Aus (Oct 2005 – Jun 2008)
8 Eng (Jul 1884 – Mar 1892)
8 Ind (Aug 2015 – present)*

Three wins for India at an away venue:
Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain (1971, 1976, 2002)
Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo (1993, 2015, 2017)

Fewest Tests to 50 catches for India:
26 – Ekanth Solkar
42 – VVS Laxman
Dinesh Chandimal, SL captain: To be honest, you can’t control the toss. We were outplayed in the first innings, with the bat and ball. Credit to them. They batted brilliantly and put us under pressure. But happy with the way we batted in the 2nd innings. Two knocks by Kusal and Dimuth are the two positives from the game and we take forward into the next game. Angelo cannot bowl at this moment and we cannot find the right balance. Asela Gunaratane’s absence has really cost us. He has been really good in the past 1 year and a half.

Virat Kohli (India captain): The way the wicket behaved when SL batted first, also seeing the way the pitch was getting worse, as well as the lead, prompted us to enforce the follow-on. Haven’t been a big fan of enforcing the follow-on on a breaking wicket. We go and bat again and put some runs on the board.

(On SL’s comeback) You expect teams to come out and play like that. You start going down as a team if you expect to dominate every session.You should look forward to tough situations to improve as cricketers. You need patience. We are very happy we went through a difficult phase as well.

(On Saha)He’s right up there with the world’s best. We could see his keeping today, and how agile he is. Lot of positives for us. I never knew that. It’s all about taking Indian cricket ahead