Pallekele Test, Highlights: How India clinched their first-ever series whitewash away from home

first_imgIndia defeat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final Test to sweep their first ever series overseas. (Scorecard)AP PhotoSRI LANKA SECOND INNINGS:3-0! Handshakes all around #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017W W W D W W W D W D W W W D W W W W W L W D W W W WIndias record since losing the Galle Test in 201520 wins, 1 loss, 5 draws#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 14, 2017Most wins by a captain after his 1st 29 Tests:21 – Steve Waugh & Ricky Ponting19 – VIRAT KOHLI#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017Today 8th time a visiting side has managed to whitewash the home side in series of 3+ Tests.But 1st time achieved by an Asian side!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 201714.48 IST: THAT’S IT! 3-0 to India! Ashwin bowls the carrom ball outside off, Kumara comes forward to defend but is beaten on the outside edge. The ball crashes into the stumps and that is it for India. India win by an innings and 171 runs! Eighth series win under Virat Kohli and this has been a comprehensive one. Sri Lanka proved to be rather a walkover in the series, let alone this match.3rd Test. 73.4: K Yadav to L Kumara (4), 4 runs, 174/9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201769.5: WICKET! N Dickwella (41) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Umesh Yadav, 168/9- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201714.20 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami strikes. Edged and taken! Good length outside off, Sandakan looks to force it through the off side again but this time he gets an edge. Saha goes to his right and takes a good catch in front of first slip. That is the third wicket for Shami! Sri Lanka still trail by 186. Sri Lanka 135, 166/8 (68.3 overs) vs India 487advertisement14.10 IST: FOUR! Punched! On a good length outside off, punched past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. He has continued to look good.3rd Test. 63.2: R Ashwin to N Dickwella (28), 4 runs, 150/7 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201713.45 IST: WICKET! Perera, what have you done? A tossed up delivery outside off, Perera is enticed to go for the big shot. He doesn’t hold back, goes for the slog and skies it towards deep mid-wicket. Pandya runs to his right, settles under the ball and pouches it safely. A needless shot really. Sri Lanka 135, 138/7 (59.3 overs) vs India 4873rd Test. 57.4: R Ashwin to MDK Perera (7), 4 runs, 134/6 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 20173rd Test. 56.2: K Yadav to N Dickwella (13), 4 runs, 126/6 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201713.29 IST: NOT OUT! Tossed up ball around middle, Perera looks to defend off the front foot but the ball slides in through the defense, hits his pad and goes to first slip. On an appeal by the Indians, it is ruled out. Perera reviews it immediately. Snicko showed that the ball missed the bat clearly. Hawk Eye was summoned for LBW, which showed the ball to be missing the stumps.13.21 IST: WICKET! Sri Lanka lose Mathews as well as a review. And it’s the missed sweep that brings his downfall. Tossed up ball around off and spinning. Mathews got down to sweep, but the ball was too fall and he couldn’t make any contact with the ball. The ball struck his pad, the Indians appealed, which the umpire upheld. Sri Lanka 135, 118/6 (54 overs) vs India 4873rd Test. 52.5: K Yadav to N Dickwella (6), 4 runs, 116/5 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 20173rd Test. 52.1: K Yadav to A Mathews (34), 4 runs, 111/5 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201713.07 IST: WICKET! There comes the breakthrough! Kuldeep bowls it on middle and leg, Chandimal looks to nudge it through mid-wicket. Gets it off his pads and goes straight to Pujara at short leg. That is a wicket gifted by the Sri Lankan captain. Second time he has played one straight into the hands of the fielder. Kuldeep helps India break the 65-run stand. Sri Lanka still trail by 248 runs. Sri Lanka 135, 104/5 (50.3 overs) vs India 48713.00 IST: SIX! Glorious! More air on that ball around off, Mathews charges down to the pitch of the ball and clobbers it straight over the sightscreen for a maximum. Sri Lanka 135, 101/4 vs India 4873rd Test. 47.5: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (35), 4 runs, 95/4 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201712.52 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews in fifty-run stand for the fifth wicket. Sri Lanka 135, 89/4 vs India 48712.39 IST: The men who matter stride out in the middle. Chandimal and Mathews will resume their grind with the bat, while Kuldeep Yadav will start the probe with the ball.advertisementDay 3: Lunch – Sri Lanka trail by 270 runs, SL 135 & 82/4 (42.0 Ovs) Chandimal 26*, Mathews 17*. #SLvIND Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 14, 201712.02 IST: LUNCH! 29 overs, 63 runs, 3 wickets – These are the numbers that matter for this session. India started on the right note by sending back the overnight batsmen back to the hut early. Shami bowled a probing spell and the hosts were left searching for answers. They would find solace from the fact that they didn’t end up losing a cluster of wickets to him in that spell. Chandimal and Mathews have done well to guard their wickets since drinks. Join us in a while for the resumption of the Lankan vigil as they stand 270 runs behind India at this moment.3rd Test. 39.6: U Yadav to D Chandimal (24), 4 runs, 79/4 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201711.36 IST: NOT OUT! There hasn’t been a single successful review in this Test so far! Good length delivery outside off, Mathews hangs back and looks to let it go initially. However, he ends up poking at it. There is a sound as the ball goes past the outside edge of the bat. Saha moves to his right and takes it. Virat Kohli consults with his teammates and opts to go for the DRS. Time for the replays. The Snickometer shows a bit of spike but there is daylight between bat and ball. The Ultra Edge comes into play. No movement in that and the on-field call has to be upheld. Mathews survives!10.50 IST: FOUR! STREAKY STROKE! A tad fuller around off, Mathews pushes at it without any feet movement. The ball takes the edge and rolls in the gap between the gully and the slip cordon for a boundary.10.42 IST: WICKET! Shami gets his revenge! Mendis has to walk back now. Length ball around off and middle, angling in to the batsman. He looks to flick but misses and gets a rap on the pads. Once that happens, the appeal and the finger-raising is just a formality, which is completed to end his stay at the crease. Sri Lanka 135, 39/4 (22.5 overs) vs India 48710.41 IST: FOUR! Beautifully played. Shorter delivery outside off, Mendis goes on to the back foot and punches it to the left of point for a boundary. Good to see this.10.32 IST: WICKET! The wonderful seam position from Shami yields him a wicket now. Length ball, slightly on the fuller side just outside off, Pushpakumara just goes for the drive and ends up edging the ball which Saha gobbles up. Too good a delivery to a nightwatchman. Sri Lanka 135, 34/3 (20.2 overs) vs India 4873rd Test. 17.2: R Ashwin to K Mendis (4), 4 runs, 30/2 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201710.11 IST: WICKET! Excellent delivery to get early in the morning. Ashwin tosses it around off, which the batsman had to play. Karunaratne gets on to the back foot and pokes his bat at that. The extra bounce means that the ball takes his gloves and lobs straight in to the waiting hands of Rahane at first slip. Sri Lanka 135, 26/2 vs India 487advertisementWords of wisdom for @hardikpandya7 from bowling coach Bharat Arun #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017Team talk! Coach @RaviShastriOfc at it #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017India are in firm control of the match and need nine wickets in three days to down hosts Sri Lanka in the third and final Test to sweep the series. It will be historic as no other Indian team in the past has achieved the feat on foreign soil.Sri Lanka, on the other hand, face their biggest test of surviving against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav on a pitch that’s turning square. They are still 333 runs behind India’s first innings total of 487 after ending the second day on 19/1. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored a century in the previous match, and nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara will start the new day at the crease on unbeaten 12 and 0 not out.India’s bowlers left Sri Lanka staring at a big defeat and a series whitewash after another shambolic batting performance saw the hosts being bundled out for 135 in their first innings in the third and final Test on Sunday.Opening batsman Upul Tharanga made seven before he chopped Umesh Yadav onto his stumps for his second dismissal in the day. Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 12 with nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara yet to score.India fast bowler Mohammed Shami did the early damage to Sri Lanka’s first innings by dismissing both openers cheaply before left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav ran through the middle and lower order with four wickets for 40.last_img read more