IND – 600, 240/3 decl
SL – 291, 245-all out (76.5 Ovs)
Kohli: Last time (2015) we should have won and it was really denting as far as our confidence is concerned. But, this time around it was a very clinical performance. We are a more experienced side now and that’s what is showing in the field. Really happy with the way things have gone and the guys stood up when it mattered the most. All bases were covered nicely. Everyone turned up. The surface didn’t offer much, that’s why the win is special. Bowlers did well on a track that offered nothing and I think that shows how much hard work the boys put in. Persistent pressure for longer periods always pays off and that’s something I believe in. Last time it was good for bowling and this time it is good for batting. One regular opener is not fit right now. I think it is a massive headache (smiles), but a good one to have. At most, only 3 openers make the squad. It’s good to have guys scoring rather than guys not scoring consistently. I think the guys will understand how the dynamics of the team work. It was a situation where we had to capitalize and not waste deliveries. We are still working on how to pace our innings in the second game. It felt nice that it came off well. I thought Abhinav (Mukund) really batted well. He deserved a 100 as well. To get to another Test 100 is really special.
Herath: It’s getting better. There was a fracture on the same finger previously and I got hurt again, but there is no fracture this time. Should get better in a few days. It was a good wicket to bat. We need to improve in all three departments. Toss didn’t play a major role in this game. All credit to India, they outplayed us. Losing Asela is a great loss for us. But we want to improve with the batting, bowling and fielding. We need to have some kind of improvement in the future as well.
Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: Really enjoyed batting here. Just watched the ball and kept scoring. Very healthy competition in the side and it keeps me on my toes and always looking forward to improve myself.
Ashwin gets a special award on playing his 50th Test match.
Biggest away Test wins for India (by runs):
304 v SL, Galle, 2017 *
279 v Eng, Leeds, 1986
278 v SL, PSS, 2015
272 v NZ, Auckland, 1968
– Biggest Test losses for SL (by runs):
304 this Test *
301 v Pak, PSS, 1994
282 v SA, Cape Town, 2017
278 v Ind, PSS, 2015
259 v Ind, Ahmedabad, 2005
– 126 runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan is the lunch-tea session is the second most for any Indian player in any session of a Test after Sehwag’s 133 in the tea-close session at the Brabourne against SL in 2009.