India beats Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs. Some tight bowling to begin the match, some fine batting in the middle with four centuries from the top-middle order batsmen and a couple of ruthless bowling sessions towards the end, India took it all to wrap the things clinically in just three days and a half. After dominantly ending day three that witnessed Kohli knocking his fifth double-hundred, team India was confident of finishing the things with more than a day to spare. And that’s exactly what came out to be the result.
While Ashwin pocketed a total of 8 wickets, Ishant Sharma recounted his comeback with a 5-wicket haul. With four wickets in both innings each, Ashwin continued to trouble Lankan batsmen the way he did on the opening day. More notably, he reached the milestone of bagging the fastest 300 Test wkts, surpassing Australian veteran Dennis Lillee. Ravindra Jadeja, in pair with Ashwin played his part with ball to make the visitors surrender. He ended picking 5 wickets in the match. Umesh Yadav, who had remained wicketless in Lanka’s first innings, also got his rhythm back in the second innings wherein he hunted two Lankan batsmen, including Thirimanne and Chamdimal. It was a joint-biggest Test win for India.
Virat Kohli squared Lara’s record to score five double-hundreds as a Test captain. A brisk unbeaten century from Rohit Sharma at No. 6 took India’s score past 600, enough to make the visitors surrender. He along with the double-centurion Kohli amassed 173 runs for the fifth wicket. Things were almost done when Kohli lost his wickets at 583, and the rest India was waiting before declaration was Rohit’s century. Earlier the day, Pujara and Vijay made Lankans toil for a wicket. They piled up 209 runs for the second wicket. While Vijay scored 128 off 221 deliveries, Pujara 362-ball 143 was undoubtedly a marathon knock. When Kohli called for the declaration, India were 610-6, 405-runs ahead of the opponents who scored 205 in the first innings.
Indian bowlers didn’t take much time to wrap the tired Lankan batsmen, who came out to bat after a day and more than two sessions of grueling fielding. As they were mentally and physically tired, there was apparently no foot moment from the batsmen on day four and India as a result bowled them out for 166. Nagpur witnessed exceptionally clinical stuffs from team India.