India posted biggest win over Sri Lanka    AFP
India posted biggest win over Sri Lanka AFP

India beat Sri Lanka in the second Test with thorough dominance, posting a victory by an innings and 239 runs at Nagpur, their joint-biggest margin of victory. Sri Lanka’s batting failed in both innings as India bundled them out 205 and 166. India, on the other hand, demonstrated that there was no demon in the pitch: they declared on a comfortable 610 for 6. With impeccable an bowling performance, India sealed the match with almost five sessions in hand.

Ishant Sharma’s early strike did not let Sri Lanka start their batting on a positive. Opting to bat, Sri Lanka were reduced to 47 for 2 in the first session of the opening day. Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal revived Sri Lanka to some extent with their individual half-centuries but Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the line-up to restrict the visitors at 205. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets from the innings.

India looked more than comfortable batting at Nagpur against a toothless Sri Lankan attack. Though Sri Lanka dismissed KL Rahul (7) early, Cheteshwar Pujara (143) and Murali Vijay (128) put up a 209-run partnership to demolish Sri Lanka’s confidence. Sri Lanka’s poor fielding efforts added to their woes but bowlers too failed to produce frequent chances. Vijay’s century made a strong statement as he made a comeback from his injury.

After Vijay’s dismissal, Pujara formed a 183-run partnership with Virat Kohli. Kohli later scored the fifth double-century of his career, shattering many records on the way. India had another centurion in the innings, as Rohit Sharma donned the whites after 13 months to score the third century of his Test career. Rohit stitched a 173-run partnership with Kohli before the latter departed for 213. India declared their innings at 610 for 6 as soon as Rohit completed his century.

Sri Lanka batsmen fell like dominoes in front of India’s bowling attack. Ishant got the better of opener Sadeera Samarawickrama yet again. On Day Four, India bagged 7 wickets in the first session, of which Ashwin got 3. Only Chandimal could put up some resistance as the rest failed to read the turn. However, India failed to finish things off in the first session despite having the session extended by 15 minutes as Chandimal and Suranga Lakmal showed some resilience.

Coming back after lunch, Umesh Yadav took his second wicket from the match and 99th of his Test career, dismissing Chandimal (61). Ashwin then removed Lahiru Gamage for a 9-ball duck to complete his 300 Test wickets and bundle Sri Lanka for 166, handing India the gigantic win. India now lead the three-match series 1-0 with one match to go.

Ashwin was adjudged the bankable player while Kohli was named the Man of the Match.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 205 and 166 (Lahiru Thirimanne 23, Dinesh Chandimal 61, Suranga Lakmal 31*; Ishant Sharma 2 for 43, Ravichandran Ashwin 4 for 63, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 28, Umesh Yadav 2 for 30) lost to India 610 for 6 decl. by an innings and 239 runs.

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli.