Indian continued their impressive run under the leadership of Virat Kohli as they registered a comprehensive victory against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed a five-wicket haul in the second innings to lead India to an innings and 53 runs victory against their neighbours. The hosts put up little resistance barring the hundreds from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Medis, but the effort proved too little as the Asian giants registered their second dominating win in as many games.
While it was another regulation win for Kohli and Co, the series victory did produce some historical numbers.
Here are some interesting numbers from the second Test:
With the victory in Colombo Test, Kohli has become the first Indian captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. India also won the series 2-1 under his leadership in 2015, which was also the first series victory under Kohli's captaincy.
This was India's eighth consecutive Test series win, which dates back to their last tour of Sri Lanka. In between, India defeated South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. Eight straight Test series wins is second highest, only Australia have won more - nine - consecutively.
The victory was also India's fourth consecutive Test win in Sri Lanka, equaling Australia's record for the same. India beat their neighbours by an innings and 53 runs in Colombo and it's their first win by an innings in Sri Lanka.
Overall it was their eight win against the island nation, which is the joint-highest for a visiting team alongside Pakistan.
Ravichandran Ashwin (54) and Ravindra Jadeja (70*) both scored fifties in the match. Ashwin then picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings, while Jadeja repeated the feat in the second innings. This was the first time that two Indian players have picked up a five-wicket haul and scored a half-century in a same Test.
Dimuth Karunaratne scored a gritty 141 in the second innings to delay the inevitable, in the process the batsman became the first Sri Lankan to score two hundreds while following-on. This was also the first time two Sri Lankan batsmen scored hundreds while following-on, along with Medis' 110 in the second innings.
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