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Ashwin races to 300 wickets as India complete innings victory in Nagpur

Ravichandran Ashwin (right) reaches yet another milestone
Ravichandran Ashwin (right) reaches yet another milestone

India 610-6 dec (Kohli 213) beat
Sri Lanka 205 & 166 (Ashwin 4-63) by an innings and 239 runs
Second Test, Nagpur, day four

Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets as India dismissed Sri Lanka for 166 runs in the final innings to complete a victory by an innings and 239 runs in the second game in Nagpur and take an unassailable lead of 1-0.

Sri Lanka started the final day with a score of 21 for one, trailing India's first innings total by another 384 runs. Even though the writing was on the wall for the visitors, they failed to show any fight on the fourth day and managed to bat just 40 overs before they were bowled out.

After Ashwin (4-63) and Ishant Sharma (2-43) went wicketless in the opening spell, Ravindra Jadeja (2-28) created an impact in the second delivery he bowled with the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne (18).

Lahiru Thirimanne (23) tried to wage a fight with his 62-ball knock but Umesh Yadav (2-30) had him caught at backward point and soon Angelo Mathews (10) and Niroshan Dickwella (4) too departed, as Sri Lanka were left reeling at 75 for five.

Dasun Shanaka (17) tried to counterattack the Indian attack with a two sixes and a four off Ashwin in the 32nd over but the off-spinner got his revenge in the next over he bowled, having the Sri Lankan all-rounder caught at long on.

Ashwin was too much to handle for the lower order as he claimed two more wickets in a span of three deliveries when he sent Dilruwan Perera (0) and Rangana Herath (0) back without troubling the scorers as Sri Lanka ended the extended first session with a score of 145 for eight.

The only consolation for Sri Lanka was a half-century to skipper Dinesh Chandimal (61) but India took just 10 more overs in the second session to bowl out the visitors for 166.

Ashwin picked four wickets while the remaining three Indian bowlers managed two apiece. The win also means India have taken a 1-0 lead in the series with one more game left. Virat Kohli won the player of the match for his double century.

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