Virat Kohli surpasses Steve Waugh, storms to 8th successive Test series win

  • Virat Kohli surpasses Steve Waugh, storms to 8th successive Test series win

Virat Kohli surpasses Steve Waugh, storms to 8th successive Test series win

However, on account of India's mammoth first innings total of 622 for 9 built on centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane apart from four other fifties, Sri Lanka's task to try and save the game still remains unenviable.

The hosts, who put up their best batting show in the series so far were all-out for 386 in the second innings despite twin centuries from opener Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and No 3 Kusal Mendis (110). "Karunaratne complimented Mendis, he defended beautifully, and Mendis played a few extra shots that Karunaratne obviously didn't", Ashwin said at the post-day press conference on Saturday.

Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin (0/79) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/76) looked a pale shadow of their original self, which saw them account for bulk of the Sri Lankan wickets in the first innings.

At tea in Colombo, Sri Lanka - having been forced to follow-on - had reached 1-118, needing 321 more runs to make India bat again with more than two days remaining.

Ashwin, who bagged two wickets on Day Two, picked up his 26th five-wicket haul while Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took two each.

Another win in the third Test, which starts at Pallekele on August 12, would see them complete their first Test series whitewash in Sri Lanka, but Kohli says their mindset is not affected by such landmarks.

Chandimal and Mendis departed shortly after the start of the day's play before Dickwella and Angelo Mathews managed to hold the Indian bowlers at bay for a short while with a 53-run stand.

At the end of the third day's play, Sri Lanka still trailed the visitors by 230 runs. "I'm really happy the way guys played in the second innings".

"Today we said even if we don't get wickets early on we are going to enjoy these tough times as well, because they really improve you as a side", said Kohli, who became the only India captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. He is definitely the best keeper in this format I will say.

"We weren't good in the first session". Mendis followed soon after, caught off Umesh Yadav by Kohli after the captain had grassed a previous chance.

The batsman hit an innocuous Ashwin delivery right into KL Rahul's body at short leg to depart for a duck.

"They got 600, but we didn't think we would get out so cheaply". Because of the way we got wickets in the first innings sometimes frustration can creep in when we don't get wickets in a session. Jadeja came back to castle de Silva for his 150th Test wicket, even though Dickwella led a small fightback with a gutsy half century. All these things are. they feel great as a team. And we had only bowled 40 or 48 overs in the first innings.