#2 An all-round performance by India, Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test, 2015
With Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara retiring after the 2nd Test match of the series, all focus had shifted towards paying suitable homage to the veteran during the series. However, with the series tied at an interesting 1-1, all the attention soon shifted back towards the cricketing action as the two teams locked horns for the decider in Colombo.
With India struggling at 14/2, Cheteshwar Pujara took the onus of driving his team towards safety, scoring an unbeaten 145 runs in the process. A 104-run stand for the 8th wicket between Amit Mishra and Pujara further cemented India’s stronghold as they managed 312 in the first innings.
Sri Lanka, in reply were unable to tolerate the pace of Ishant Sharma as they were bundled out for just 201, giving India a mammoth lead of 111, which was extended to 385, courtesy half centuries by Rohit Sharma and Ashwin in India’s second innings.
Despite captain Angelo Mathews trying to hold on, with a patient 110, ably supported by Kusal Perera, the target and the off-spin of Ashwin proved impossible to defeat. Ishant eventually ended the match with figures of 8/86, as India won the first overseas series under Kohli 2-1.