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Coach Nic Pothas 'credits' India thrashing for strengthening Sri Lanka morale

Coach Nic Pothas 'credits' India thrashing for strengthening Sri Lanka morale

The islanders were handed a drubbing on home soil against India, losing all nine games against the formidable tourists in a humiliating whitewash across all three formats of the game.

Watch: Dilshan Munaweera swipes bat to square leg, becomes Kuldeep Yadav's victim

Watch: Dilshan Munaweera swipes bat to square leg, becomes Kuldeep Yadav's victim

Sri Lankan top-order batsman Dilshan Munaweera on Wednesday hit a brilliant fifty in debut against India in their lone T20I match in Colombo. His 53 off 29 balls helped Lanked post a good total of 170. (LIVE BLOG | SCORECARD)

IND vs SL, 1st ODI: As it happened...

India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Dambulla to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Sunday.

Sri Lanka vs India, 1st ODI: 5 key players to watch out for!

Sri Lanka vs India, 1st ODI: 5 key players to watch out for!

Apart from mere redemption, there is one more reason as to why the hosts would be looking for victories in this series. If they can scalp at least two wins over Virat Kohli-led Team India, they would secure a direct entry in the 2019 cricket World Cup.

SL vs IND: Upul Tharanga-led Sri Lanka need two victories against Virat Kohli and Co for direct World Cup entry

SL vs IND: Upul Tharanga-led Sri Lanka need two victories against Virat Kohli and Co for direct World Cup entry

Do things lie in favour of the Lankans ahead of the ODI series? The hosts have lost seven out of their 10 ODI matches on home soil which also includes the humiliating 2-3 loss to minnows Zimbabwe, last month.

SL vs IND, 1st ODI: Upul Tharanga's Sri Lanka seek redemption against Virat Kohli and Co

SL vs IND, 1st ODI: Upul Tharanga's Sri Lanka seek redemption against Virat Kohli and Co

Tharanga will lead the islanders into the opening match of the ODI series in Dambulla, having been appointed limited-overs captain to revive the ailing team after their shock 3-2 loss to minnows Zimbabwe.

SL vs IND, Pallekele Test: Virat Kohli and Co aim for first overseas whitewash – Preview

SL vs IND, Pallekele Test: Virat Kohli and Co aim for first overseas whitewash – Preview

India have won the first two Tests by comprehensive margins -- by 304 runs in Galle and an innings and 53 runs in Colombo. The island nation, which has been going through a transition phase for quite some time, has decided to roll-out a green top with an aim to salvage some pride from the inconsequential game.

SL vs IND: Virat Kohli goes past Steve Waugh to win 8th consecutive Test series; is one behind Ricky Ponting

SL vs IND: Virat Kohli goes past Steve Waugh to win 8th consecutive Test series; is one behind Ricky Ponting

This was their third series win in Sri Lanka, with the two earlier being back in 1993 and 2015. India also became the first visiting team to win three consecutive Test matches at the SSC ground, Colombo.

SL vs IND, 2nd Test – Team India win by an innings and 53 runs, take unassailable 2-0 lead

SL vs IND, 2nd Test – Team India win by an innings and 53 runs, take unassailable 2-0 lead

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja did most of the damage with figures of 5/152. Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had figures of 2/132 while medium-pacer Hardik Pandya returned 2/31. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav took one wicket.

WATCH: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli celebrate Upul Tharanga's wicket with a dab

WATCH: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli celebrate Upul Tharanga's wicket with a dab

Upul Tharanga once again found himself being dismissed in an unlucky manner by Ravichandran Ashwin, right after Sri Lanka took off to their first innings batting at Colombo, during Day 2 of the second Test. ( SL vs IND: 2nd Test, Day 2 – LIVE BLOG )

Cheteshwar Pujara's 50th Test: A look back at his 5 match defining knocks

Cheteshwar Pujara's 50th Test: A look back at his 5 match defining knocks

Despite his brilliancy with the bat, the Saurashtrian faced many ups and downs before cementing his place into India's Test squad. The cricketer, often compared to the batting prowess of 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid, marked his return to International scenario after recovering from quite a few injuries with a brilliant 159 against New Zealand.

SL vs IND: Ravichandran Ashwin becomes highest wicket taker in 50 Test matches

SL vs IND: Ravichandran Ashwin becomes highest wicket taker in 50 Test matches

Six years after making his Test debut, against West Indies, back in 2011, Ashwin reached a career landmark of 50th Test, when Team India headed down to Sri Lanka for the first of the three Test matches. 

SL vs IND: Virat Kohli equals Rahul Dravid for most overseas Test victories as Indian skipper, is one behind MS Dhoni

SL vs IND: Virat Kohli equals Rahul Dravid for most overseas Test victories as Indian skipper, is one behind MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane started off with the proceedings on Day 4 of the 1st Test between Indian and Sri Lanka. The captain notched up his 17th Test ton as the duo surged India's lead past the 500-run mark.

India's Tour of Sri Lanka: Kohli & Co wrap up Galle Test inside four days, register biggest overseas win

India's Tour of Sri Lanka: Kohli & Co wrap up Galle Test inside four days, register biggest overseas win

For Sri Lanka, it was their biggest defeat (in terms of runs), surpassing their 301-run loss against Pakistan in 1994.

India's Tour of Sri Lanka 2017: Galle Test, Day 4 – As it happened...

Welcome to the live coverage of Day 4 of the Galle Test between India and Sri Lanka, played at Galle International Stadium. Here you can keep up with the Live Cricket Score, Live Updates, commentary and match analysis. 

India's Tour of Sri Lanka 2017: Virat Kohli notches up 10th Test century as Indian skipper; goes past Mohammad Azharuddin

India's Tour of Sri Lanka 2017: Virat Kohli notches up 10th Test century as Indian skipper; goes past Mohammad Azharuddin

He now stands at position five on the list of 'Fewest innings to ten Test hundreds as captain'. Don Bradman leads the chart with 26 innings, followed by Mahela Jayawardene (36). Aussie captain Steve Smith stands at third position with only 37 innings. Kohli missed the mark by just one, to fourth-placed Steve Waugh.

India's Tour of Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 3 — As it happened...

At the end of day's play, Kohli was unbeaten on 76 (114 balls) as India took a mammoth 598-run second innings lead. Kohli and Abhinav Mukund 81(116), who got out off the last ball of day, put up a 133-run third wicket partnership to all but end Lanka's chance of coming back into the match.

Sri Lanka vs India: Opener KL Rahul joins Indian squad in Galle after recovering from fever

Sri Lanka vs India: Opener KL Rahul joins Indian squad in Galle after recovering from fever

Rahul, who last played for the national squad back in the Australia series in March, sidelined himself from the game owing to shoulder injury. After three-month long recovery, the opener was said to return to the Gentlemen's arena with India's Tour of Sri Lanka.

WATCH: Abhinav Mukund plucks a spectacular catch to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella during Day 2 of Galle Test

WATCH: Abhinav Mukund plucks a spectacular catch to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella during Day 2 of Galle Test

It was one heck of a day for the visitors when they returned back to action on the second day of the Galle Test. Despite losing Chesterwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane early into the day, India managed to amass a massive 600 riding on a blitzkrieg 50 from debutant Hardik Pandya. It was India's second highest total on Indian soil.

Sri Lanka vs India: From Galle humiliation to Ashwin's Test landmark in Galle

India are all geared up, with an aim to upturn Galle humiliation they faced two years back and thereby extend their domination over Sri Lanka in the Test format, to face the Islanders at the same venue, tomorrow.