The India – Sri Lanka test series is still alive for both sides, where Sri Lanka lost its second test against India by 278 runs. In this series team India, after losing first test in Galle on the 16th August, by 63 runs, bulled back the host in Colombo test by seizing off 8 wickets in morning session and afternoon session, while chasing the mammoth total of 413 runs.
Now, when host has lost the match by 278 runs against India in its second test match played at P Sara Oval Stadium, series is still open for both sides. The victory has kept in India in commanding position, while third test match is yet to be played at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo. The match result will decide to whom the trophy belongs, where Sri Lanka has the amazing records in both bowling and batting.
The comprehensive win bagged in second test match by team India is first for the new captain Virat Kohli, player of the match was awarded to Lokesh Rahul for his maiden test hundred, however Ravi Ashwin once again delivered a glorious spell to take team through the fight back, he has taken 7 wickets in the match, bowling out Kumar Sangakkara in all the four innings played in two test matches.
India’s journey towards end of this test series will not be easy enough, as Wirddhiman Saha, Murli Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are been dropped out sustaining injuries, same has weakened the batting order of team. At the same time the squad has to face Sri Lanka at SSC Colombo, where Lanka has a brilliant bowling record, with Rangana Herath on their side it is even more difficult for India to get through. The bowler has its best bowling figures of 9/127 in less than 35 over, against Pakistan in year 2014.
However, as legendary player Kumar Sangakkara won’t be continuing the series and has announced his retirement and this may prove to be a massive blow for the Sri Lankan side. He has played 134 test matches and 404 ODI’s for his country, scored more than 10 thousand runs in both the formats, over 15 years of his cricketing career. Sangakkara also has a best average of 57.14 in test format. He started his career with blissful 156 runs against Zimbabwe (A) in 2000, being a good team mate has gone through lots of ups and down. But at the same time he is among the very few cricketers who have scored 3 hundreds in a single innings.
Sanga was always seen comfortable batting on third position in team, where he has a batting average of 60.82 in 207 innings scoring more than 10 thousand runs, and 37 hundreds for his team. The legend has got his own share of tribute and warm farewell held at PSS Colombo, with cricketers from around the world exchanging words for Sanga and his achievements.