Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd Test – India won by an innings and 53 runs

Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd Test - India won by an innings and 53 runs

IND 622/9 decl
SL 183, 386-all out (116.5 Ovs)

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)

Kohli – captain, India: “Well, the way the wicket behaved when Sri Lanka batted first prompted that decision to enforce the follow-on. I’m not a big fan of it, especially when the wicket is breaking down like that. Even 150 in the fourth innings can be tough. You don’t want to leave chances but here, we felt we had enough. We are playing Tests at international level and we expect teams to play like (Sri Lanka did). Today, we said, even if we don’t get wickets, we will enjoy the tough times. It improves you as a side. We are happy that we went through the difficult place; helps you not get complacent as a side. Saha is definitely the best keeper in this format right now. He’s very agile and can create chances at any stage. Pujara and Rahane are our best Test players, KL played well too, and Jadeja contributed lower down the order. Pandya contributed too. For us, it’s about taking Indian cricket ahead.”

Chandimal – captain, Sri Lanka: “To be honest, you can’t control the toss. We were outplayed in the first innings, with the bat and ball. Credit to them. But really happy with the way the guys played in the second innings. We want to take positives out of this game. Yeah, you can tell now (that we could have played two fast bowlers). Unfortunately, Angelo doesn’t bowl at the moment, so we cannot get the right balance. He’s (Asela Gunaratne) been consistent in the last one and a half years. Hoping someone else will take the opportunity.”
Jadeja – Man of the Match: “In the first innings, the ball wasn’t turning when we were batting. But then it started turning from the middle part of the wicket. Mendis played very well, played some brilliant shots. As a team, I think we also played good cricket. If the batsman is playing sweep regularly, it’s always a challenge. We have to change the line and lengths.”

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