India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test (D/N), Bengaluru, Mar 12 – 14 2022, Sri Lanka tour of India
Match Result: India won by 238 runs
Player of the Match: Rishabh Pant
Match Report: Dominance. Sheer dominance by the Indian team. They won the Mohali Test in 3 days and this one in a little under 3 days. Prior to this match, Karunaratne had fancied his team’s chances to fare better than Mohali. While we can say that the visitors did better than the previous match, it still wasn’t impressive. Suranga Lakmal, playing his last test match of his long career, received handshakes and guard of honor. Bumrah was brilliant in the first innings, bagging a five-wicket haul. If there was an award for Man of the Tour, it would had definitely gone to Shreyas Iyer. He was the man of the match in this test, and we all know how well he did in the T20 series.
Kohli enjoyed this test a lot, although he hit a new all-time low in his personal batting record. Kohli’s average has dropped below 50 for the first time since 2017. That didn’t seem to bother him much as he was enjoying the cheers of fans in the stadium. Dimuth Karunaratne gave a tough fight, a hundred in overseas condition is a big achievement for any batter.
Dimuth Karunaratne | Sri Lanka captain – I would have been more happier if we had won, but it was a tough one, we batted under lights and it was tough. But I have worked hard on my batting. We have a good team, the batting didn’t capitalize on these conditions, the bowling was good, but we kept bowling loose deliveries every now and then, that’s what we need to work on going further. There have been several youngsters coming up and this was an experience for them. It has been special playing alongside Lakmal and I wish him well for the upcoming county season.
Rohit Sharma | India captain – It’s been a good run, enjoyed it personally and as a team, there were so many things we wanted to achieve and I think we did. No doubt about it (on Ravindra Jadeja), we have seen him grow as a batter, he seems to be getting better and better, at 7, he strengthens the batting, and he’s a complete package, with his fielding and bowling, brings a lot to the team. He has just carried on from the T20s (on Shreyas Iyer), he didn’t get out there a single time and he’s carried it into the Tests. He knew he was replacing Pujara and Rahane, big boots to fill, but he’s obviously doing it really well. He seems to get better in every Test, especially in these conditions (on Rishabh Pant).
The England series (at home) was challenging, but looks like the confidence is back, with his catches and stumpings. It was kind of him to say that (on Ashwin), but it was my feeling (about being the best bowler), he does something for the team whenever he’s given the ball, gives match-winning performance every time he’s given the ball, so I think he’s a legend of the game. Comes up with the goods every time the ball is handed to him. It’s been challenging (on D/N Tests at home), third Test and we’re still learning about how to handle (the conditions). The crowd coming back and celebrating with us has been so pleasing.
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