September 1 2015: Virat Kohli-led India Seal Comeback Test Series Win in Sri Lanka

On this day 5 years ago, the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team sealed a 2-1 Test series win in Sri Lanka when they won the third and final Test by 117 runs.

September 1 2015: Virat Kohli-led India Seal Comeback Test Series Win in Sri Lanka

On this day 5 years ago, the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team sealed a 2-1 Test series win in Sri Lanka when they won the third and final Test by 117 runs. Sri Lanka had won the first Test at Galle by 63 runs and India had notched up a win in the second Test at Colombo by a mammoth 278 runs, meaning the series was on the line in the final Test at Colombo. This was also India's first series win away from home since they beat West Indies away in 2011 and it was also Kohli's first-ever series win while leading India in Test match cricket.

Riding on an unbeaten 145 by Cheteshwar Pujara, who opened the batting in this match alongside KL Rahul, India managed to post 312 before being dismissed.

In reply, Sri Lanka could only post 201 as the Indian bowling unit, led by Ishant Sharma (5-54) ran through the home team's batting unit in just 52.2 overs.

India fared less better in the second innings, managing only 274 as Nuwan Pradeep (4-62) and Dhammika Prasad (4-69) bowled well to ensure none of the Indian batsmen could get a big score. However, the home team still had to chase down 386 to win the Test match - and the series.

Angelo Mathews scored a valiant century (110) and Kusal Perera scored a well-made 70 but Ravichandran Ashwin (4-69) and Ishant (3-32) ensured that India walked out winners.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
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