India put 600 on the board for the second game in a row as they continued their domination in Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) both got centuries and four other got 50+ including Ravinda Jadeja who was unbeaten on 70 not out as India declared having put a mammoth total of 622 for Sri Lanka to chase.
The first innings reply was a total collapse by Sri Lanka who were bowled all out for just 183 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 5 wickets. Sri Lanka put more of a fight up in the second inning after India enforced the follow on. Dimuth Karanaratne hit an impressive 141 and Kusal Mendis also hit a century with 110. The size of the total was too much though with the hosts finally dismissed for 386 with 5 wickets for the excellent Jadeja for a big innings and 53 run victory.
India now only have to avoid defeat in one of the next two games to take their eight test series win in a row.
In a low scoring game in Colombo Australia fought back from the whitewash test series to take the lead in the 5 game ODI series. Dinesh Chandimal top scored for Sri Lanka with 87 Not Out as they posted 227 for Australia to chase.An excellent performance from James Faulkner taking four wickets kept the pressure on Sri Lanka. A pivotal innings of 58 from Steve Smith kept Australia ahead of the chase. opener Aaron Finch got 56 as the Green and Golds got home with 19 balls to spare.
ODI Game 2
On a slow pitch Sri Lanka posted what proved to be a score that was far too much for Australia to chase down. Kual Mendis hit 69, Angelo Mathews walloped two big sixes in his 57 as Sri Lanka set a target of 288. Australia got nowhere near it in reply as a superb bowling spell from Amila Aponso taking 4 Wickets for just 18 runs kept the pressure on. Thisara Perera took the key wicket of Matthew Wade (76) and the hosts eased to an 82 run win to level the series at 1-1.
Rangana Herath took 13 wickets in the match including 7 wickets in the key second innings helping Sri Lanka whitewash Australia 3-0 in the series. The first innings suggested a good tight contest, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva getting Centuries for Sri Lanka with Shaun Marsh and and Steve Smith responding for Australia to give the visitors a small 24 run lead. Kaushaul Silva hit 115 while de Silva’s 65 Not Out put the pressure on Australia setting a target of 324 to win.With a pitch increasingly friendly to the spin of Herath, the Green and Gold’s got nowhere near the target being bowled out for 160. Only David Warner with 68 put up any sort of resistance, but it was Herath’s day and series as Australia never coped with the conditions throughout.