Team India defeated Sri Lanka by 238 runs in the Day-Night Test played in Bangalore on Monday to win the series 2-0. Visiting captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s brilliant knock of 107 went in vain as the Indian bowlers bundled out Sri Lanka for 208, winning the match two days earlier.
Karunaratne played a brilliant innings in the chase of 447 runs on Sunday. All hopes were pinned on the captain after the dismissal of Kusal Mendy, paving the way for the Indian bowlers to move up the Sri Lankan batting line-up.
During his stay at the crease, Karunaratne hit 15 fours and completed 14 runs.th Test century. At the same time, he became only the third Sri Lankan captain to record a Test century in India, after Kumara Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal.
But soon the Sri Lankan captain was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, after which the Indian bowlers wrapped up the game in the next three overs.
Earlier, Sri Lanka showed some struggle in the first season of the play. Runs started flowing for the visitors from Kusal Mendis’s eyes and he hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a four while the captain scored runs with ease. Karunaratne completed his half-century but India came back with three wickets before the tea break. The hosts were reduced to 151/4 at the tea break.
The afternoon was good for Sri Lanka as they showed some fighting in an absorbing session of the game. Using his straight legs, Karunaratne hit Ravindra Jadeja for two boundaries from the off side. Runs started to flow for the visitors as Kusal Mendis looked on and caught Ravichandran Ashwin for a boundary.
Sri Lanka’s aggressive and positive play continued as Mendis swung Jadeja to deep square leg while Karunaratne was lucky to escape an inside edge off Ashwin. The positivity and decisive attitude in the game resulted in Mendis reaching his 12th Test fifty off 57 balls.
The highest partnership of 97 runs for Sri Lanka in this series was broken by Ashwin as Mendis was drifted and dipped from the angle of the wicket. Mendis danced on the pitch to counter the ball but the ball went past the outside edge and Rishabh Pant stumped him from behind.
Amidst the wheels coming out of Sri Lanka’s resistance, Karunaratne stood tall and completed his fifty in 92 balls. He then welcomed Mohammed Shami for a four over mid-wicket and danced on the pitch to flick Axar Patel from the same area. Supporting him was Niroshan Dickwella, who has managed to hold the fort against India’s relentless bowling attack.
(with agency input)