The India National Cricket Team defeated the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team by 238 runs in the second Test match of the two-match Test series to earn 12 valuable International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship (WTC) points.
It was a pink-ball Test match between India’s Rohit Sharma and Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne, which took place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Days one and two of the pink-ball Test match were dominated by the bowlers of both teams, with just Shreyas Iyer scoring a single run in the middle of the day. The challenging batting surface did not deter Iyer, who managed to knock 92 runs off 98 balls, including ten stunning boundaries and four magnificent sixes.
After an outstanding performance by Iyer, as well as solid performances by Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, India was able to score 252 runs in the match.
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne began the innings in their first innings, while India’s Jasprit Bumrah opened the attack in their first innings. Bumrah bowled a solid first over, and in his second over, he dismissed Kusal Mendis for only two runs, putting the game in his favour.
In the fifth over of the innings, Bumrah bowled Lahiru Thirimanne for eight runs, and in the sixth over, Mohammed Shami dismissed Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara for eight runs. In the 12th over, which was delivered by Mohammed Shami, Dhananjaya de Silva put up a 14-run partnership with Angelo Mathews before being run out for a duck.
Sri Lanka scored 50 runs in 15.5 overs to achieve the 50-run threshold. With a score of 50, Sri Lanka lost Charith Asalanka, who had been in great form. Sri Lanka’s senior batsman Angelo Mathews was also dismissed on Day 1 after hitting 43 runs off 85 balls, leaving the team at 86/6 at the end of the first day.
On Day 2, Sri Lanka picked up where they left off on Day 1, and their battle against India’s world-class bowling unit carried on into the second day of the match. It was the 33rd over when Sri Lanka lost the wicket of Lasith Embuldeniya, and they were able to reach the 100-run milestone in only 33.5 overs. Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella, and Vishwa Fernando were all bowled out for 109 runs in 35.5 overs, and Sri Lanka was cleaned out for 109 runs in the following overs.
The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal was only able to score 9 runs in the first innings, but they were able to put up a 42-run partnership off 64 balls in the second innings before the latter was removed by Lasith Embuldeniya in the 11th over.
Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari played very well against the Sri Lankan spinners, putting up a solid 56 runs off 119 balls as a pair. India captain Rohit Sharma was unlucky in that he was removed by Dhananjaya de Silva at the score of 46 runs, falling just four runs short of a half-century.
Hanuma Vihari was dismissed for 35 runs off 79 balls, including four fours, by Praveen Jayawickrama in the 34th over, and India’s No.3 was unable to add to his total with a score of 35 runs off 79 balls, including four fours. The former India captain Virat Kohli was dismissed in the 36th over by Jayawickrama, who had managed to hit 13 runs off 16 balls, with one of those runs coming from a boundary.
Between those two innings of cricket, Rishabh Pant produced a spectacular performance that saw him become the quickest Indian to reach a half-century in Test cricket history. He reached half a century in only 28 balls, breaking the previous mark of 30 balls set by Kapil Dev.
Rishabh Pant was removed by Praveen Jayawickrama on the penultimate delivery of the 42nd over, which was the last ball of the innings. Pandya was able to score 50 runs off only 31 balls, with seven fours and two incredible sixes to highlight his inning. Then, Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja put up an incredible 66-run partnership until Jadeja was bowled out by Vishwa Fernando and Iyer was despatched by Embuldeniya, respectively. In addition, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin were dismissed early, and India declared at 303/9, setting Sri Lanka a massive goal of 447 runs to chase down.
Sri Lanka were 28/1 in 7.0 overs at stumps on Day 2 when Lahiru Kumara, who was chasing the goal, was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah in the first over.
During the third day of the pink-ball Test match against India, the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team got off to a strong start. Kusal Mendis and captain Dimuth Karunaratne put up an impressive show against the Indian bowling attack, putting on 97 runs off 115 balls before the latter was removed by Ravichandran Ashwin. Mendis scored 54 runs off 60 balls, including 8 fours, to win the match. As a result, Sri Lanka lost the wickets of veteran Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, and Charith Asalanka in short succession.
In the end, Sri Lanka’s skipper Dimuth Karunaratne scored a superb century, but it was not enough to help his team win the match. Also thanks to complete dominance by the Indian bowling unit, Rohit Sharma and his teammates won the match and the two-match series by a score of 2-0.