India got the better of Sri Lanka by winning the third test to win the series 3-0 at the Pallekale International Stadium on the third day of the final test. Sri Lanka was never in the game after conceding another massive score of over 400 in the first innings.
Batting first, centuries from Dhawan and Pandya took India to 487 in 122 overs. In response, Sri Lanka lost all 10 wickets for 135. They were dismissed again for 181 in the follow on. None of the Sri Lankan batsman got to a half century.
India won the game by an innings and 171 runs. Hardik Pandya was announced player of the match. Shikhar Dhawan won the player of the series award.
“This was the toughest series in eight years playing international cricket, no doubt. The reason is that we were not able to take the games to five days. The previous two were four-day Tests, and this was a three-day Test. Since I’ve been in this team, this is the worst series loss I’ve experienced,” said skipper Dinesh Chandimal.
The two sides meet again at Dambulla on the 20th of this month in the ODI series.
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