India vs Sri Lanka top Tests: Virender Sehwag’s fury, Ajantha Mendis’ mystery
Indian cricket team and Sri Lanka cricket team have played each other in 15 Test series since 1982. In these contests, there have been several memorable performances. Ahead of the three-Test series, here is a look at some of the memorable India vs Sri Lanka Test encounters.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:30 IST
India and Sri Lanka have played 38 Tests since 1982. Indian cricket team has won 16 and lost seven, with the remaining 15 Tests being draws. In Sri Lanka, India have won six but lost seven out of 21 Tests since 1985.
In 2015, Virat Kohli’s side broke a hoodoo by winning a Test series in Sri Lanka for the first time since 1993.
In 2017, India, currently the No.1 Test side in the world, will be determined to continue their great run that has seen them lose only one out of 17 Tests since July 2016.
Ahead of the first Test starting in Galle, here is a look back at some of the most memorable India vs Sri Lanka Test matches.
1) Sri Lanka vs India, 1st Test, Galle 2015, Result: Sri Lanka won by 63 runs
This Test witnessed a spectacular turnaround. Sri Lanka were dismissed for 183 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 6/46. In response, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli slammed centuries to help India to 375, an overall lead of 192. At 95/5, Sri Lanka were hurtling towards a big defeat but Dinesh Chandimal played an innings to remember. He shared a 125-run stand with Lahiru Thirimanne (44) and a 82-run stand with Jehan Mubarak (49) to revive Sri Lanka.
Chandimal ended unbeaten on 162 and Sri Lanka gave India a target of 175. Chandimal’s knock inspired Sri Lanka and Rangana Herath ran through the Indian batting with figures of 7/48 as Sri Lanka clinched a spectacular 63-run win to keep their formidable record at Galle intact.
2) Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test, P Sara stadium Colombo 2010, Result: India won by five wickets
India had their backs to the wall heading into the third and final Test at Colombo. They had lost the Galle Test and had drawn the second Test at the SSC in Colombo. At the P Sara Oval, Sri Lanka batted first and they notched up 425 with Thilan Samaraweera smashing an unbeaten 137.
In response, Virender Sehwag blasted 109 off 105 balls and solid fifties from VVS Laxman (56) and Suresh Raina (61) gave India a slender 11-run lead. Sehwag played a vital role with the ball as well as he picked up 3/51. He was well backed up by Pragyan Ojha’s 3/89 and Amit Mishra’s 3/47 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 267. Chasing 257, India lost three quick wickets but Laxman, battling a back spasm, revived the innings with Sachin Tendulkar, who smashed 54. Laxman then shared a match-winning 87-run stand with Raina as India won by five wickets to level the series.
3) Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd Test, Galle 2008, Result: India won by 170 runs
It was the series where Ajantha Mendis’ mystery destroyed India. The master of the carrom ball had wrecked India in the Asia Cup final with 6/13 and he was at his best in the Test series. After losing the first Test by an innings and 239 runs, Sri Lanka faced up to the fury of Virender Sehwag. He shattered the mystery of Mendis as he blasted a brilliant 201 to help India to 329.
Buoyed by Sehwag’s tour-de-force, Harbhajan Singh stepped up and picked up 6/102 to help India take a 37-run lead. Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag slammed attacking fifties to set Sri Lanka a target of 307. Harbhajan picked up 4/51 and backed by Ishant Sharma’s 3/20, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 136 as India levelled the series with a thumping win.
4) Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd Test, Kandy 2001, Result: India won by seven wickets
At the Asgiriya stadium in Kandy, on a pitch that was crumbling, two legends stepped up and took India home. Mahela Jayawardene slammed a century to help Sri Lanka to 274. Chaminda Vaas produced a great spell to take 4/65 as Sri Lanka took a 42-run lead.
Venkatesh Prasad put in a brilliant bowling performance to take 5/72 but Sri Lanka were rescued surprisingly by Muttiah Muralitharan’s 67 off 65 balls to help India set a target of 264. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid stepped up and played a great knock on a tough pitch. While Dravid chipped in with a vital 75, Ganguly remained unbeaten on 98 as India registered a famous win to level the series
5) Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd Test, P Sara stadium Colombo 1985, Result: Sri Lanka won by 149 runs
This was the first time India had toured Sri Lanka for a Test series. After a draw in the SSC Test, the teams headed to the P Sara Oval and Sri Lanka made a great start. Amal Silva, the wicketkeeper, smashed a century and Roy Dias chipped in with 95 to help Sri Lanka reach 385.
Mohinder Amarnath and Kris Srikkanth hit fifties but Rumesh Ratnayake picked up 4/76 to give the hosts a 141-run lead. Aravinda de Silva’s 75, backed up by Dias’ second fifty of the match helped Sri Lanka to 206/3 declared, setting India a target of 348. Ratnayake again took 5/49 and barring Kapil Dev’s 75, India were all-out for 198 as Sri Lanka registered their first-ever Test win. A draw in the third Test in Kandy resulted in Sri Lanka winning a series for the first time.