An unrelenting R. Ashwin bowled tail-ender Lahiru Gamage for his eighth victim of the match, raced to the 300th wicket in a record 54 Tests and brought victory by an innings and 239 runs as India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against Sri Lanka on Monday.
The resounding result also matched India’s biggest Test match win which it had achieved against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2007. India had declared its first innings then at 610 for three.
Trailing by 405 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka, palpably, did not have the motivation to compete against the home team that had dictated terms with ball and bat in the first three days of the second Test at the VCA Stadium here.
To start with, opener Sadeera Samarawickrama, playing only in his sixth Test innings, looked utterly confused in the closing minutes of the third day and offered his wicket on a platter to Ishant Sharma.
In the first session on the fourth day, the visiting team, barring captain Dinesh Chandimal and to an extent Suranga Lakmal, fell like a pack of cards.