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Ashwin inspires India to level series with massive win

Indian players celebrating the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne on day five of the second Test in Colombo.
Indian players celebrating the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne on day five of the second Test in Colombo.
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India 393 & 325-8 decl. (Rahane 126) beat
Sri Lanka 306 & 134 (Ashwin 5-42) by 278 runs
Second Test, Colombo, day five

Ravichandran Ashwin took a five-wicket haul as India needed just 43.4 overs to wrap Sri Lanka up, win the second Test at the P Sara Oval stadium in Colombo on day five by a massive 278 runs and level the series.

Sri Lanka started the day on 72 for two after 21 overs. However, India struck a massive blow with the very first ball of the day when Angelo Mathews (23) got a lovely delivery from Umesh Yadav (1-18) which he edged.

Lokesh Rahul, keeping in place of Wriddhiman Saha, took an excellent catch diving to his right.

Dinesh Chandimal (15) began counter-attacking once again with a six and a four off Ishant Sharma (1-41). However, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper was making all the right moves.

Amit Mishra (3-29) was brought onn and in the second ball of the spell he castled Chandimal with a leg break. Chandimal tried to sweep and missed the ball as it went through from around his legs to knock back leg stump.

Sri Lanka reached 100 for four after 30 overs, however, they could never manage big partnerships as Ashwin (5-42) was on a roll.

He got Lahiru Thirimanne (11) with a ball that dragged him out, dipped on him, came off the edge and was well caught by substitute fielder Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point.

In the next over, Ishant Sharma got Jehan Mubarak (0) edging one to third slip the first ball he faced, a catch that Kohli took well, as it was dying on him.

Sri Lanka went to 115 for seven after 37 overs, when Dhammika Prasad (0) went for an almighty heave and gave a high catch to Mishra at mid-on.

Dimuth Karunaratne (46), the opener, who was watching all the wickets fall from the other end finally fell, inside edging a floater on to his pads and then on to the stumps.

Tharindu Kaushal (5) was trapped lbw by Mishra. There were some tense moments for India when a passing shower interrupted the game and early lunch was called.

Sri Lanka were 128 for nine after 42 overs at that point having lost seven wickets in the session for just 56 runs.

After lunch, it took India just seven balls to wrap the game up when Mishra got Dushmantha Chameera (4) padding away a googly.

Sri Lanka were all out for 134, losing the match by 278 runs.

India level the series 1-1 after Kohli’s first win as Test captain. Mishra finished with seven wickets in the match and so did Ashwin while Rahul was named as the man of the match.

The decisive third Test begins on Friday 28th August.

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