It was only the third time that Sri Lanka had lost consecutive home series © AFP
It was only the third time that Sri Lanka had lost consecutive home series © AFP

An entire nation had turned up in bright colours to bid Kumar Sangakkara goodbye. They were elated at Sri Lanka’s near-miraculous turnaround at Galle (thanks to an outrageous innings from Dinesh Chandimal and a magic spell from Rangana Herath), and despite the defeat at P Sara, they bade Sangakkara an emotional goodbye. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, India came back strongly at SSC after being reduced to 180 for 7, and despite brave performances from Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera in the fourth innings, they conceded the series in the final session of the Test. It was only the third time that Sri Lanka had lost consecutive home series. Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Colombo

Here, then, are the marks out of 10 for Sri Lanka:

Angelo Mathews: 9.5/10

Sri Lanka have seen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara quit in the span of a year, but their team is in safe hands as long as Angelo is around. He led from front with two hundreds, amassing 339 runs at 56.50, and it will not be an overstatement to call him one of the finest batsmen in contemporary cricket, especially under pressure. His fourth innings average is one of the best in history, and he almost saved the SSC Test with a special performance.

He bowled accurately (even opening bowling at P Sara), and had four wickets at 18.75, leading the bowling averages chart. His bowling changes and field placements were exemplary throughout the series. Mathews might have got a perfect 10, but that is something you achieve only in mathematics exams.

Dhammika Prasad: 8/10

It has been ages since a Sri Lankan fast bowler looked as dangerous as Prasad had this series. He had 15 wickets at 24, and would have done better had if the fielders had supported him more. Prasad ran in tirelessly, bothering batsmen consistently despite the hand injury at SSC, and picking up wickets with the new ball as well as the old. Seldom has a Sri Lankan fast bowler done as well since Chaminda Vaas. If the injuries do not recur, he is all set to spearhead the attack over the coming years. India vs Sri Lanka Test series 2015: India marks out of 10

Rangana Herath: 7.5/10

Seven of Herath’s 15 wickets came in one innings (and 7 more from two others), but that 7 for 48 was a special spell. Given that India eventually won the series, it was a huge feat to bowl them out for 112. When he did not get wickets, Herath kept the pressure on, going at less than three an over. There is still some magic in those old bones, it seems. Gets half a point for the crucial 49 at SSC.

Dinesh Chandimal: 7/10

There will be a time when they will remember Chandimal’s 169-ball 162 not out at Galle as one of the greatest counterattacking performances in history. It is not every day that you trail by 192, are reduced to 95 for 5, and help seal a victory. He also got a first-innings 54 in the same Test, but did little else of note.

Kusal Perera: 6/10

Kusal played only at SSC, but had an outstanding Test. He helped lift Sri Lanka from 47 for 6 to 201 in the first innings with a 56-ball 55; and coming out at 107 for 5 in the fourth innings he even instilled hopes of a victory with his 70 in a 135-run stand with Mathews. Loses a point for the atrocious reverse-sweep to throw it all away. India’s 2-1 Test series win over Sri Lanka: Statistical highlights

Kumar Sangakkara: 5/10

Even the Indian fans wanted to see Sanga go out on a high, but he disappointed all and sundry. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed him in all four innings, though it must be admitted that three of the four wickets were due to stunning catches. His highest score was a mere 40, but all in all, his farewell was an overwhelmingly emotional moment.

Nuwan Pradeep: 5/10

It was not the first time Pradeep has silenced his critics, and it will certainly not be the last time. His slinging action and movement off the surface has troubled batsmen, and though he has not exactly intimidated batsmen or run through sides, Pradeep has provided crucial breakthroughs when his side needed them. A tally of 8 wickets at 27.50 is impressive.

Lahiru Thirimanne: 5/10

They tried to accommodate Thirimanne everywhere in the batting order. He reached double-figures five times but crossed 12 only twice, and his only quality contribution came at Galle, where he scored 44 and helped Chandimal add 125 to erase the deficit. Amit Mishra emerges as perfect bowling partner for Ravichandran Ashwin

Tharindu Kaushal: 5/10

Kaushal played the perfect foil to Herath, and was rewarded with eight wickets at Galle and four more in the third innings at P Sara. He was often erratic, but with his wicket-taking abilities, Sri Lanka can mark him out as one for the future.

Jehan Mubarak: 3/10

Mubarak’s series had a single high point, when he slammed a 60-ball 49 in an 82-run stand with Chandimal at Galle. Barring that, Mubarak looked scratchy at best, and the Mahela-and-Sanga-shaped hole in the middle-order continues to remain.

Kaushal Silva: 3/10

Silva had some decent outings against Pakistan, but this series was a disaster: 87 runs from 6 innings were simply not enough. His only high came in the first innings at P Sara, where he scored a gritty 51. Gets half a point for a couple of splendid catches at short-leg in Galle.

Dimuth Karunaratne: 2.5/10

Just like Silva, Karunaratne had a wretched series barring the lone hand in the fourth innings at P Sara, where he was eighth out for 46. However, given their performances against Pakistan, Sri Lanka would want to stick to the Silva-Karunaratne pair a longer rope. India finally break their shackles with historic series win against Sri Lanka

Dushmantha Chameera: 2/10

A lot was expected of Chameera at P Sara, given his pace and the bounce he generates with his action. Unfortunately, his bowling did not come off, and he was hit around in the second innings before being dropped.

Upul Tharanga: 0.5/10

Tharanga was probably brought in at SSC to bolster the top following the failure of Silva and Karunaratne and to protect the Sangakkara-devoid middle-order. It did not work, for he scored 4 and 0. The Silva-Karunaratne pair seems safe as of now.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Chief Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs here and can be followed on Twitter here.)