India vs Sri Lanka 2015: First series win as captain, many more to go for confident Virat Kohli
Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday added another feather to his cap as India ended their 22-year series win drought on Sri Lankan soil by sealing the three-match series 2-1.
New Delhi: Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday added another feather to his cap as India ended their 22-year series win drought on Sri Lankan soil by sealing the three-match series 2-1.
Even though India crushed Sri Lanka by 117 runs in the final Test to take the series 2-1, considering the high standards he sets for himself, Kohli would not forget the manner in which the hosts snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the first Test.
India were all set to take a 1-0 lead when they needed 153 to win with nine wickets in hand at the start of the final day at Galle. However, Rangna Herath (7/48) and Tharindu Kaushal (3/47) bamboozled the Indian batting line-up with their quality spin bowling in the second innings, as Sri Lanka won the match by 63 runs.
While Sri Lanka made a great start in what was Kumar Sangakkara's farewell series, wounded Team India gave a befitting reply to the hosts by ruining their legend's farewell at P Sara Oval and won the match by 278 runs.
The post-Sanga era started on a poor note for Angelo Mathews & Co as India once again proved they were a better side and won the final Test.
On a personal front, it was a decent series for Kohli with the bat where he scored 233 runs from six innings, which included a century and a half-century.
The 26-year-old's five-bowler strategy has paid rich dividends and now he needs to settle down with a proper playing XI for the upcoming series against South Africa beginning from October 2.