India once again was able to clean sweep Sri Lanka after they won the second and final test match of the series at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The visitors had a mammoth deficit of 419 runs to recover. But, India defeated Sri Lanka by 238 runs on Day 3 to win the series unscathed.
India emerged victorious with a brilliant display of bowling prowess
In the first session, Kusal Mendis and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne resumed SL’s innings (at 28/1) and brought up their 50-run stand. They extended the stand to 97 runs Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya de Silva while Ravindra Jadeja knocked over Angelo Mathews for 1.
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was the lone fighter for the visitors as he hit a century after Tea. The two took the side to 151-4 at Tea. Soon after resumption, Axar Patel got the wicket of Dickwella to snap the half-century stand. Axar struck again 8 overs later, dismissing Charith Asalanka on 5.
Despite losing partners, Karunaratne went on to notch up an impressive 100. SL were quickly 9 down as Bumrah dismissed Karunaratne on 107 and the Surangal Lakmal on 1. Ashwin then bagged his fourth of the innings, removing Vishwa Fernando on 2, as India bowled SL out on 208.
Team India showcased an outstanding performance to clean sweep the Lankans. They managed to first get a 3-0 win and then again picked up a 2-0 series in Test format. Rishabh Pant was named the Player of Series, while Shreyas Iyer bagged the Player of the Match.
India recorded 12 points as part of World Test Championship (WTC) tally. With a Point Percentage of 58.33, Team India went past Sri Lanka who now stand fifth on the points table. The top four teams are Australia (77.77%), Pakistan (66.66%) and South Africa (60.00%), respectively.