Virat Kohli’s men, who posted 622-9 declared in their first innings, won the Test by an innings and 53 runs after enforcing following-on.
The hosts, who displayed a shambolic batting performance in the first innings and got for 183, put up their best batting show in the series so far in their second innings at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). However, they were bowled-out for 386 despite twin centuries from opener Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and No 3 batsman Kusal Mendis (110) and handed over the visitors another comprehensive victory.
Ravindra Jadeja, (5/152 in 39 overs) after an indifferent final two sessions on the third day, found his rhythm and more importantly length back to inflict maximum damage.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kohli admitted that the hosts came out with a brilliant batting performance in the second innings, adding that it was good for the team.
“You have to give credit to the batters as well to play like that on a pitch like that. It was high quality batting and you expect that to happen at the Test level. We just hope as a team that we have to embrace this all sessions that we are going to play won’t go our way,” said Kohli.
“We tried our best whatever we could but they were too good yesterday for sure.”
The Indian skipper also heaped praise on his bowlers, saying, “Our bowlers did an outstanding job today off pulling things back and keeping it simple and that’s what happens in Test cricket, sessions go away from you and then you have to pull it back to win a Test match.”
Jadeja, the no. 1 ranked bowler and all-rounder in the world, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped yet another five-wicket ball. He was well supported by Ravichandran Ashwin (2-132), Hardik Pandya (2-31). Umesh Yadav also chipped in with a wicket.