India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Highlights: R Ashwin scripts historic win, Shikhar Dhawan Man of the Series
Ravichandran Ashwin’s 4/68 and Mohammed Shami’s 3/32 helped India crush Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs on Day 3 of the Pallekele Test. This is the first time that India have whitewashed their opponents away from home in a minimum of three-Test series. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3 at Pallekele hereUpdated: Aug 14, 2017 16:22 IST
India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs inside three days in the third and final Test to complete a 3-0 whitewash. Dinesh Chandimal’s men were all out for 181 in their second innings after being made to follow on. Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets while Mohammed Shami finished with the figures of 3/32. Earlier, the hosts were bundled out for 135 on Sunday after India posted 487 in their first innings. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3 at Pallekele here (SCORECARD) (STREAMING INFO)
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--> The 3-0 loss is Sri Lanka’s second whitewash at home and sixth overall.
STAT ATTACK - Virat Kohli is the second Indian captain to lead the country to two clean sweep series wins after Mohammed Azharuddin, who did the same against England in 1992-93 and Sri Lanka in 1993-94.
Virat Kohli: “A good day, a good win. Always nice to have a convincing win. I would say the regulars have performed, the biggest positive was Hardik’s inclusions - he gives us a boost in the middle order. We are a young side, looking forward to all Tests, that’s the only way you can be ruthless. We like to be proactive instead of reactive.”
Dinesh Chandimal: “You can’t control the toss, a tough series as a team. India played some good cricket. Our batting and bowling was below-par through the series. We had to be more patient and concentrate more.”
Shikhar Dhawan (Man of the Series): “Before the series, I was in Hong Kong enjoying my holiday. Things went very well for me. I got backup from my management, enjoy playing this way, it’s my natural game. I’ve to keep doing it, nothing permanent, we have tight competition for all positions.”
Hardik Pandya (Man of the Match): “I was glad that I got my first hundred here, situation pretty good for me. I was always going to have a target in mind. Test cricket is not easy to get five-fors, takes plenty of hardwork. I’m alright with where the team needs me to bat.”
Ajinkya Rahane: “Played a wrong shot, played on instinct (first-innings dismissal). When a guy isn’t doing well, he (batting coach Sanjay Bangar) takes you out for dinner and gives you positive vibes.”
Kuldeep Yadav: “Nice feeling, there were expectations form family and friends, happy that the match went through nicely. I think Kookaburra ball is more helpful for my style of bowling, the ball tends to spin a lot more when compared to the SG ball. Looking forward to the ODI series.”
14:48 hrs IST: WICKET! And that’s it. India thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs to register their eighth consecutive series win.
14:36 hrs IST: Tea has been extended by 30 minutes.
14:27 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav joins the party, gets Dickwella. Second wicket for him. Sri Lanka 168/9
14:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami strikes again, gets rid of Sandakan. India two good balls away now.
14:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Umesh, outside off, Dickwella makes room and hits it hard over point. Sri Lanka 162/7
14:06 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 152/7; Dickwella 30*, Sandakan 4*
13:59 hrs IST: Pallekele woke up to overcast conditions and as most pace bowlers do, Mohammed Shami just loved it. In a good rhythm throughout the match, Shami bowled a fiery spell. Ashwin and Kuldeep have continued the good work and struck when it mattered the most.
13:52 hrs IST: Another fifer on the cards for Ashwin. His superb run in Test cricket continues.
13:45 hrs IST: WICKET! Perera c Pandya b Ashwin 8(23). Sri Lanka 138/7
13:41 hrs IST: Time for drinks. Sri Lanka 137/6; Dickwella 19*, Perera 8*
13:37 hrs IST: India is yet to lose a Test series under Virat Kohli’s captaincy - a record that is set to remain intact after the end of this match.
13:30 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Kuldeep, Dickwella makes room and times it well through the cover point region.
13:26 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 121/6; Dickwella 9*, Perera 2*
13:18 hrs IST: OUT! Just the man India wanted. Mathews departs. Second wicket of the innings for Ashwin. India very much close now.
13:08 hrs IST: Niroshan Dickwella is in at No. 7.
13:05 hrs IST: WICKET! And Kuldeep has struck. Dinesh Chandimal’s patient 36-run knock come to an end. India just five good balls away.
13:00 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss from Kuldeep, Mathews steps out and clobbers it straight over the bowler’s head.
12:56 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Ashwin, Chandimal comes down the track and lifts it over mid-off. Moves to 35
12:51 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty partnership between Chandimal - Mathews. The duo need to make this count.
12:44 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 84/4; Chandimal 28*, Mathews 17*
12:40 hrs IST: Welcome back!
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12:03 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. Another good session for India. We’ll back in a few minutes time.
11:55 hrs IST: If Ashwin is selected for Australia ODIs (in September), he might play only two games in England. If not, he could go on till the end of the season.
11:48 hrs IST: David Warner averages an ordinary 36.61 away from home, and Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann has his say on this.
11:45 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 75/4; Chandimal 20*, Mathews 16*
11:37 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack for the first time today.
11:35 hrs IST: Sri Lanka 73/4; Chandimal 19*, Mathews 15*
11:31 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma is the other Indian player who’ll play County cricket this season. He’ll go on to represent Warwickshire.
11:28 hrs IST: BREAKING NEWS - Ravichandran Ashwin’s County stint confirmed. He could be available for Worcestershire’s game against Gloucestershire, starting August 28.
11:24 hrs IST: Ashwin again, but this time from around the wicket
11:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish length from Umesh, Chandimal uses the pace of the ball and times it well in the gap between cover and mid-off.
11:18 hrs IST: Sizzling spell from Ashwin. Time for Kohli to bring in Kuldeep. Sri Lanka 66/4
11:14 hrs IST: The most surprising thing is that Sri Lanka have struggled in their home conditions, which is very rare nowadays. Maybe it’s time to take some tough decisions.
11:08 hrs IST: Solid over from Umesh. Matter of time before he strikes again. Sri Lanka 59/4
11:02 hrs IST: Time for drinks. Another splendid display from India. No fight from Sri Lanka at all.
10:59 hrs IST: Good start from Umesh. Just three runs off the over. Sri Lanka 55/4
10:54 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav replaces Shami. So Kuldeep’s wait continues.
10:51 hrs IST: Superb bowling by India. Such consistency wasn’t there a few years back.
10:45 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews now
10:42 hrs IST: WICKET! This is a big one. Shami being rewarded for his consistency. Mendis goes for 12(21). Sri Lanka 39/4
10:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Rare loose delivery from Shami. Width on offer and Chandimal slashes it past the point region.
10:35 hrs IST: Here’s India’s full squad for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. Lots of fresh faces.
10:31 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal is the next batsman. Can he play a magical knock?
10:30 hrs IST: WICKET! And the same thing was predicted a few minutes back. Shami strikes. Pushpakumara departs for 1(32). Sri Lanka 34/3
10:24 hrs IST: This is an excellent spell from Shami. Each delivery seems to be a wicket-taking one. Isn’t that far from joining Ashwin in the list.
10:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery from Ashwin, Mendis gets into position and pulls it to fine leg boundary.
10:17 hrs IST: Maiden over from Shami. Giving no room to Pushpakumara to free his arms. Sri Lanka 26/2
10:12 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis is the next man in
10:10 hrs IST: OUT! Extra bounce does the trick for Ashwin. Karunaratne looks to push it away to short cover but instead edges it to Rahane at first slip.
10:08 hrs IST: Shami getting a little bit of assistance with the cloud cover. Karunaratne holds the key here.
10:04 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami comes into the attack
10:03 hrs IST: Still a decent over from Kuldeep. Finishes with a wrong one. Sri Lanka 23/1
10:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Too full from Kuldeep, on Karunaratne’s pads, and he punishes it past the fielder at mid-on for the first boundary of the day.
10:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Karunaratne to take strike. Kuldeep to start the proceedings for India.
09:54 hrs IST: This is what former Sri Lanka skipper has to say about his team’s dismal show against Virat Kohli’s men.
09:45 hrs IST: Here’s whom Hardik Pandya credited after his blistering hundred - which guided the visitors to 487.
09:35 hrs IST: It’s a bit overcast in Pallekele but nothing much to worry about.
09:20 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s bowling on the first day proved an aberration, as they were unable to maintain the intensity when challenged by the talent of young Hardik Pandya. It was a day when the Indian all-rounder could do no wrong, smashing his maiden Test hundred (108 off 96 balls) .
08:55 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - India have won 18 of their previous 40 Tests against Sri Lanka (D15, L7) - with half of those victories coming by an innings margin, including the last match (of the ongoing series).
08:35 hrs IST: It has been an excellent show from the visitors so far. Sri Lanka struggling (to this extent) was never expected!
08:20 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to HT’s live coverage of Day 3 of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
Hardik Pandya powered India to 487 with his maiden Test century after which the hosts were bowled out for 135. Sri Lanka, in second innings, are batting on 19/1, still trailing India by 333 runs.
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav did well with the ball, claiming four wickets.
Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets each.
First Published: Aug 14, 2017 08:22 IST