India v Sri Lanka Again: Here’s a Throwback to Their Last 4 Series

India are favourites to win, having consecutively won the last 8 Test series starting in Sri Lanka in 2015.

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India take on Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series, starting 16 November.
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After two months of playing ODI and T20 cricket, Virat Kohli and co are now set to don their whites as they take on Sri Lanka in a five-match Test series at home.

India are favourites to win the series, having consecutively won the last eight Test series starting in Sri Lanka in 2015. In fact, India had defeated the Sri Lankans 3-0 the last time they played the five-day format in July-August earlier this year.

Though the visitors have never won a Test match in India, Sri Lanka have won seven of the 41 Tests that the two nations have played; India have won 19 of those and 15 have ended in a draw.

As the men in blue gear up to take Sri Lanka in their first Test, starting 16 November, here’s a throwback to their last four series.

1. India’s Tour to Sri Lanka, July-August 2017

The latest Test series in July-August this year was a cake walk for India, who comfortably whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the three-match Test series. All three games were won by a huge margin – 304 runs, an innings and 53 runs and, an innings and 171 runs.

In the first match, Shikhar Dhawan’s 190 and Pujara’s 153 helped India post 600 after which they bowled Sri Lanka out for 291. Virat then scored a century in the second innings and India declared at 240/3, giving Sri Lanka a target of 550 runs. However the hosts were all dismissed for 245, as India won by 304 runs – their biggest runs margin away.

India v Sri Lanka Again: Here’s a Throwback to Their Last 4 Series
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Sri Lanka tried putting up a minor fightback in the second match, with Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne scoring hundreds. However India scored 622, bowled Sri Lanka all out for 183, enforced a follow-on and won the second Test by an innings and 53 runs.

Even though they’d clinched the series, India did not put their guards down. The visitors once again enforced a follow on after bowling Sri Lanka all out for 135 and went on to win the match by an innings and 171 runs.

2. India’s Tour to Sri Lanka, August 2015

India’s victory in the first match of their tour to Sri Lanka in 2015 was almost certain on the third day of the Test. The visitors needed just 153 runs with nine wickets to spare. But Rangana Herath’s seven-wicket haul in the second innings denied India of that win.

Virat Kohli was yet to win his first five-day match as Test skipper and had a point to prove. And he did. After taking a 87-run lead at the end of the first innings, R Ashwin’s fifer helped India bowl Sri Lanka out and clinch their first Test after over a year.

India v Sri Lanka Again: Here’s a Throwback to Their Last 4 Series
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With the series level at 1-1, Angelo Mathews tried putting up a fight to hand Sri Lanka a win. But pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed him and four other wickets in the second innings to help India beat the hosts and win their first away series in four years and first in Sri Lanka in 22 years.

3. India’s Tour to Sri Lanka, July-August 2010

Courtesy Tharanga Paranavitana and Kumar Sangakkara’s hundreds, Sri Lanka put up a total of 520 in the first innings of the opening match in the India tour of Sri Lanka. Muttiah Muralitharan, in his farewell Test game, then picked up a five-wicket haul and helped get India all out for 276. Another fifer – this time by Lasith Malinga – saw India get bowled out for 338 after the hosts enforced follow on. Tharanga Paranavitana and Tillakaratne Dilshan then comfortably achieved the 94-run target and won the match by 10 wickets.

In the second Test at Colombo, Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 642 in their first innings. However, Sachin Tendulkar’s double hundred and Raina’s century helped India take a 65-run lead. However, India’s first innings ended only on Day 5 and the match ended in a draw.

With the hosts leading the three-match rubber 1-0, Sri Lanka opted to bat after winning the toss. After bowling the hosts out for 425, India managed to take just a 11-run lead in the first innings. Pragyan Ojha, Virender Sehwag and Amit Mishra then picked three wickets each and sent all the Sri Lankan batsmen back to the hut for 267, leaving India with a 257-run target. And when the visitors were tottering at 62/4, it was VVS Laxman’s century that helped India cross the finish line. The series ended in a 1-1 draw.

4. Sri Lanka Tour of India, November/December 2009

After the first Test ended in a draw, India played Sri Lanka in the second Test at Kanpur, starting 24 November 2009. Before 2017, this is the the last time Sri Lanka toured India for a Test series. After scoring a massive 642 in the first innings, India bowled Sri Lanka out for 229, courtesy Sreesanth’s fifer. The hosts then enforced follow on and managed to win the match by an innings and 144 runs.

In the final match of the series at Mumbai, Sri Lanka scored a 393 in their first innings. But Virender Sehwag’s 293 and MS Dhoni’s hundred helped India post 726 after which they declared at the start of Day 3. The visitors were bowled out for 309 and India won by an innings and 24 runs, clinching the series 2-0.

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