Ind vs SL; India clean swept Srilankan squad at their home leg. (3-0).
India had an unforgettable test series in its history breaking and establishing many records. India is the second team after Australia, to clean sweep Srilanka in Srilanka. In Ind vs SL test series, right from the first innings of the first test to the second innings of the third test, India exhibited outstanding cricketing skills as a team. India didn’t win three tests playing away from home since 1968. Since the past one year, India scored 600+ runs five times, while all the other teams combined have only scored once( Aus vs Pak, Aus scored 624/8d). By the series of Ind vs Sl, Virat Kohli packed up 8th consecutive Test series win under his Captaincy.From Ind vs Sl test series, Shikar Dhawan got ‘Player of the series’ title for scoring 358 runs in 6 innings. On the other hand, Ashwin stood as the top wicket taker of the series with 17 wickets.
Ind vs SL; First test highlights:
India started off so well and scored 600 runs in the first innings by Shikar Dhawan’s extraordinary inning of 190 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 153 at Galle, Srilanka. Srilanka stumbled and handled India a 304 run victory which was India’s biggest away win and Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat in terms of runs in Tests. Ashwin broke a 36-year record of most wickets after 50 tests as this was his 50th test match in his career. Shikar Dhawan was given the ‘Man of the match’ award in the first test.
Ind vs SL; Second test highlights:
Again India started off with 622 run innings with Pujara’s 133 and Rahane’s 132. Srilanka fell for 183 and started to follow on. However, India managed to restrict Srilanka and packed maiden Innings win away from home. India won by an innings and 53 runs. Ravindra Jadeja was awarded as ‘man of the match’ for his five wicket haul in second innings.
Ind vs SL; Third test highlights:
Hardik Pandya was the one to speak when its comes to the third test between Ind vs Sl. He mesmerized the Indian fans by scoring his maiden Test century and 26 runs in Pushpakumara’s over. Hardik Pandya has set a record for most runs scored by an India player in an over in Tests (26). His all round performance presented him the ‘man of the match’ award in the third test. During this test series, India got inclined in their victory margin. India swept away Srilanka with an Innings and 171 run victory.
Srilanka started this series facing many odd situations. Apart from their poor form vs Zimbabwe and Incoherent decisions from Srilankan Cricket board, their Newly appointed test captain Dinesh Chandimal suffered from pneumonia before the series got started. However, his comeback in the second test as the captain didn’t change the result and turned it even worse.