Team India on August 14 whitewashed Sri Lanka in Tests by registering a 3-0 victory on the foreign soil. With this win, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to mark the historic achievement of clean sweeping a Test series. On day 3 of the third Test match, Indian team thrashed Sri Lankans by 171 runs and an innings at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
Earlier, the ‘Men in Blue’ rode on brilliant batting performances by Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya to put a mammoth total of 487 in their first innings after Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first in the final Test.
In reply, Sri Lankans were off to poor start as they lost quick wickets. They were bundled or 135 runs in the first innings. For India, left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the leading wicket taker with a four-wicket haul. Virat Kohli then decided to enforce a follow-on. The hosts managed to post 82/4 on the scoreboard by lunch on the third day of the third cricket Test.
On day 3, Sri Lanka, in their second innings, could not improve upon their poor batting form. Resuming an overnight score of 19/1, Sri Lanka lost three wickets within the first hour of play. The hosts were reduced to 39/4 before Chandimal and Mathews started their fight back. But soon, they also sent back by the Indians bowlers. They finally lost the battle with 171 runs and an innings.
Here’s how Indians fans including Sachin Tendulkar reacted on Twitter after India’s win:
What a fabulous way to end the test series! A big hug to the entire team for their outstanding performance. Good luck for the ODI series! pic.twitter.com/HaXfI7dPwo
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 14, 2017
— Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) August 14, 2017
— Mazahir Rizvi (@TheQambar) August 14, 2017
— I am ezhil (@ezhilthamil7) August 14, 2017
— NAVNEET PATHAK (@KING_NV) August 14, 2017
— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) August 14, 2017
Thank God, this one-sided bout is over. #IndvsSL
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) August 14, 2017
Hardik Pandya won the man of the match award for his blistering 108-run knock off just 96 balls as well as for picking up a wicket. Shikhar won the man of the series award.