Colombo - Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin caused a dramatic Sri Lanka collapse
as India completed a crushing 278-run victory in the second Test in
Colombo on Monday to level the three-match series.
five for 42 as Sri Lanka, set an improbable victory target of 413 runs,
were shot out for 134 in their second innings soon after lunch on the
fifth day at the P. Sara Oval.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra chipped in
with three wickets as the hosts lost their last eight batsmen for 62
runs after resuming at 72-2, giving Virat Kohli his first win as captain
in his fifth Test as leader.
A brief spell of heavy rain forced
an early lunch with nine wickets down, but the weather cleared for India
to finish the match in the second over after resumption.
defeat denied retiring Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara a fairytale
farewell in his last international match. The left-hander was dismissed
for 18 on Sunday.
India's emphatic win set the stage for an
intriguing finale to the series when the third and final Test starts at
the Sinhalese sports club in the Sri Lankan capital on Friday.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne made 46, but six batsmen failed to reach double figures as Sri Lanka were bowled out in 43.4 overs.
finished with a match-haul of seven wickets to add to the 10 he took in
the first Test in Galle where Sri Lanka fought back from the brink to
win by 63 runs.
Sri Lanka lost captain Angelo Mathews off the
first ball of the day, edging fast bowler Umesh Yadav to stand-in
wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul, who dived to his right to hold a low catch.
Test hero Dinesh Chandimal began by hooking seamer Ishant Sharma for a
six, before he was bowled round his legs by Mishra for 15 to reduce the
hosts to 91-4.
It soon became 111-6 as India grabbed two more wickets in the space of five deliveries.
had Lahiru Thirimanne snapped up at silly point by substitute fielder
Cheteshwar Pujara, and in the next over Ishant Sharma forced Jehan
Mubarak to edge a catch to second slip.
The procession back to the
pavilion continued when Dhammika Prasad attempted to loft Ashwin out of
the ground, but only managed to top-edge a catch to Mishra at mid-on.
Lanka's last recognised batsman Karunaratne was bowled by Ashwin before
lunch and Mishra sealed the win by trapping both Tharindu Kaushal and
Dushmantha Chameera leg-before on either side of the break.