India win 2nd Test, rout Sri Lanka 2-0: Records broken
India claimed another one-sided victory over Sri Lanka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, to win the two-match Test series 2-0. The hosts successfully defended 446, bowling out the Lankans on 208 in the 2nd Test (Day/Night). India have sealed their 15th consecutive Test series at home. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has won his first Test series as India's full-time captain. Here are the records.
India racked up 252 after electing to bat in the Day/Night Test. Shreyas Iyer's 92-run knock stood out. Sri Lanka were rolled over for just 109, with Jasprit Bumrah taking a five-wicket haul. In the second innings, India declared on 303/9. Iyer continued his phenomenal run with another half-century. SL failed to chase the 447-run target despite Dimuth Karunaratne's magnificent ton on Day 3.
India have won their 15th successive Test series at home. They are yet to lose a Test series in home conditions since 2012/13 when England defeated them 2-1. India last lost a Test match at home in February 2021 (to England). They have won six Tests (beat England, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka) and drawn one ever since.
It is interesting to note that India are unbeaten at home against Sri Lanka in red-ball cricket. They have now won 13 home Tests against them, while nine have been drawn. Sri Lanka last won a Test series against India in 2008.
In the first innings, Bumrah registered his eighth Test five-wicket haul. It was his first such haul (Tests) in India. Bumrah now has two five-fors each in West Indies, England, and South Africa. He owns one five-wicket haul each in Australia and India. Interestingly, the legendary Kapil Dev also had eight five-fors in as many Tests as Bumrah (29).
Bumrah was the pick of Indian bowlers in the first innings (5/24). He registered the best bowling figures by an Indian seamer against Sri Lanka in Tests. The pace spearhead also became the 12th Indian to take 300 wickets in international cricket. Bumrah is the fourth Indian bowler to record a five-for in Day/Night Tests (others being Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel).
Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant played a counter-attacking knock in the second innings. He kept the scoreboard ticking with his powerful strokes. Pant raced to his half-century in just 28 balls, the fastest fifty by an Indian batter in Test cricket. He broke the 40-year-old record of legend Kapil Dev, who took 30 balls for his half-century against Pakistan (Karachi, 1982).
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is now the eighth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. He left behind South African legend Dale Steyn, who took 439 wickets in his illustrious career. In the first Test, Ashwin had surpassed Kapil to become India's second-highest wicket-taker in Tests. The former now owns 442 scalps at an incredible average of 24.13. The tally includes the best match haul of 13/140.
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli scored 23, 13 in the match. This is the first time since August 2017 his average has dropped below 50 in Test cricket. Kohli, who hasn't hit a century in over two years, now averages 49.95 in the format.
Indian middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer once again made an impact in the whites. He scored a match-defining 92 in the first innings and followed it up with an 87-ball 67. Iyer now has the second-highest individual score for India in Day/Night Tests. Kohli remains India's only centurion in pink-ball Tests. He scored 136 against Bangladesh in the 2019 Eden Gardens Test.
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne led from the front in the run-chase. He shared a 97-run stand with top-order batter Kusal Mendis. The former was SL's lone warrior in the innings thereafter. He went on to slam his 14th century in Tests. Karunaratne now has the most Test tons by a SL opener (overtook Sanath Jayasuriya). It was Karunaratne's second ton in D/N Tests.
A look at Shreyas Iyer's scores in Test cricket - 67, 92, 27, 14, 18, 65, and 105. Kohli has now played 18 Tests without scoring a century. As many as 16 wickets fell on Day 1 of the Bengaluru Test (most on the opening day of a Day/Night Test). The previous record was 13 (South Africa vs Zimbabwe, Port Elizabeth, 2017).