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.
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.
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 said “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 says “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.”