Can India end their 22-year wait to complete their first series win in Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Can India end their 22-year wait to complete their first series win in Sri Lanka © Getty Images

India have shown remarkable determination to put behind a dramatic loss in the first Test at Galle and put together a complete performance to fill in the gaps that had remained earlier, and take a 278 run victory to set up a deciding showdown against Sri Lanka for the third and final Test at SSC, Colombo. Kumar Sangakkara having already retired, the home side is likely to include Lahiru Thirimanne in the squad, while India are likely to go in with Cheteshwar Pujara as an opener and Naman Ojha as a replacement keeper for the injured Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Colombo, Day 1

India were dominant in the three and a half days of the five days of the first Test, and when it looked likely India may take an innings victory, Dinesh Chandimal scored a match-winning, attacking century to get his team not only making India bat again, but facing a stiff challenge against the likes of Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal on the final day. The Indian batting, needing to chase 176, folded for 112, as Herath took seven wickets to complete a remarkable turnaround. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Colombo, Day 1

But that did not allow India to shut the shutters for the second Test. Their batsmen and bowlers worked in tandem to put together an all-round performance and have the hosts defeated by a fair margin. Kumar Sangakkara played his final Test, scoring 32 and 18, to leave the Test arena with an average of 57.40 in 134 matches played in the 15 years, since 2000.