India defeated Sri Lanka to Whitewash the 3 match Test series and firm up their position at the top of the ICC Test rankings. Shikhar Dhawan was awarded Man of the Series trophy.

Brief Score: Sri Lanka 181 (Chandimal 36; Ashwin 4/68) & 135 (Chandimal 48; Kuldeep 4/40) trail India 487 (Dhawan 119, Pandya 108; Sandakan 5/132) by an innings and 171 runs.

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.”

Number Game

SL losing a home Test inside three days:
v Pak, Kandy, 1994
v Eng, Colombo(SSC), 2001
v Pak, Kandy, 2006
v Ind, Pallekele, 2017 *

Whitewashes at home (3+ Tests):
SA v Eng, 1896
NZ v Eng, 1963
Eng v WI, 1984 (5 Tests)
NZ v Aus, 2000
SL v Aus, 2004
SA v Aus, 2006
SL v Ind, 2017 *

Whitewashes for India (3+ Tests):
3-0 v Eng, 1993
3-0 v SL, 1994
4-0 v Aus, 2013
3-0 v NZ, 2016
3-0 v SL, 2017 (only one away from home)*

Three wins for India in an away series:
3-1 in NZ in 1968
3-0 in SL in 2017 *

Fifth successive loss for SL against India – the joint most in a row for them against an opponent

Biggest away wins for Ind:
Inns & 239 runs Dhaka, 2007
Inns & 171 runs Pallekele, 2017 *
Inns & 140 runs Dhaka, 2004
Inns & 131 runs Rawalpindi, 2004

Biggest home defeats for SL:
Inns & 201 runs v SA, SSC, 1993
Inns & 171 runs v Ind, Pallekele, 2017 *
Inns & 163 runs v Pak, Galle, 2000