India Beat Sri Lanka, Level Series 1-1
Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra spun a web around Sri Lanka to skittle them out for 134 runs in the second innings to win the second cricket Test by 278 runs here on Monday.
Sri Lanka were 130/9 at lunch with India needing just a wicket to level the series and the hosts could add only four runs to their total in the post-lunch session. With the win, India level series at three-match 1-1 at the P. Sara Oval ground.
Ashwin took five wickets 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 .
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed 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.
Sangakkara, playing his last test, was dismissed for 18 on Sunday.The defeat denied retiring Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara a fairytale farewell in his last international match.
Ashwin 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.
The last wicket to fall in the first session was that of Tharindu Kaushal as Mishra trapped him leg before wicket.
After lunch, which had to be taken early due to rain, Dushmantha Chameera could not pick a Mishra googly and was caught in front of the stumps.