Bumrah and Ashwin Support India Seal Series Scan
India beat Sri Lanka by 238 points in the second Test to wrap up the day-night match in Bengaluru on day three and win the two-Test series 2-0.
Chasing a daunting target of 447 for victory after India declared themselves 9-303, Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne fought hard to elevate his 14th Century Test (107) but wickets are dropped regularly at the other end.
Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis had crumbled in the first session and together the pair survived a few edges to raise the series’ highest partnership in Sri Lanka (97) while Mendis also spoke about his half-century.
However, Sri Lanka then lost three wickets for eight runs as India took the lead.
Victory of the clinical series for India. Shreyas Iyer was a treat to watch in both runs, Rishabh Pant was at his entertainment best and Bumrah showed his class again. For Sri Lanka, Karunaratne fought valiantly but it was always going to be an uphill battle. Congratulations @BCCI #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/9NtMqEdgt0
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 14, 2022
India made the breakthrough when spinner Ravichandran Ashwin prompted Mendis (54) to dance on the lane, the batsman misjudging the line as Pant collected the ball and quickly pulled the bails.
Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s top scorer in the first set, lasted just five balls as Ravindra Jadeja broke through his defense to knock down his leg stump while Ashwin struck again to catch Silva’s Dhananjaya at the front short leg.
Karunaratne played patiently and put together another 50-run stand with Niroshan Dickwella before Indian Axar Patel stepped in in the second session and opened the lower order doors with two wickets.
He initially had Dickwella perplexed in the same way as Mendis’ dismissal before Charith Asalanka gave Rohit Sharma an easy back short-leg hold to leave Sri Lanka at 6-180.
Despite the circumstances, Karunaratne offered himself a smile as he reflected on a century well put together, the crowd at M Chinnaswamy Stadium giving him a standing ovation.
But his time in the crease was cut short shortly after when Bumrah uprooted his central stump with a delivery that squeezed through the gap between bat and pad.
Suranga Lakmal, playing in his final test, was sent off when Jasprit Bumrah bowled him and the entire Indian team stood up to shake hands with the 35-year-old veteran as he walked away.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 14, 2022
Ashwin snatched Vishwa Fernando’s last wicket and his 4-55 figures propelled him to eighth on the all-time list of most Test wickets (442 wickets).
India won the first test at Mohali by one set and 222 runs.