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India beats Sri Lanka to wins series

India beats Sri Lanka to wins series

India captain Virat Kohli has heaped praise on his batsmen following their Test series success in Sri Lanka on Sunday. India has dominated much of the series against Sri Lanka, leaving the Asian team to think what can be done next.

An upset Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal today admitted that his side was completely outplayed by India in the second Test, primarily due to their "disappointing" batting effort in the first innings here.

Ravindra Jadeja will miss India's third and final Test against Sri Lanka after being slapped Sunday with a one-match ban by ICC for unsafe play. Pushpakumara had come in as a nightwatchman on the third evening and had survived for 57 balls.

Sri Lanka crossed the 300-mark in the 90th over, with Karunaratne and Mathews bringing up their 50-partnership off 71 balls. SL made the same mistakes that it had made in first Test and apart from the second innings, they were lacklustre and appalling throughout the match.

"You have to give credit to the batsmen as well".

"We ended up enforcing the follow on because we felt we have enough on the board not to bat again". The prospect of a whitewash does excite Kohli but he emphasizes on the culture of winning.

With Sri Lanka's score reading 343/8, Rangana Herath joined Dickwella in the middle and the two chose to step on the accelerator and kept hitting some lusty blows before Hardik Pandya turned out to be the man with the golden arm and got Dickwella (31) to guide one straight to Rahane at gully. Surely, the low-key celebrations at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), after they thrashed the hosts by an innings and 53 runs to finish off the series even before it moves to Pallekele for the third Test (August 12), told you one thing: Kohli and his team know biggest arrive only next year, when India embark on tougher away tours to South Africa, England and Australia.

"Guys who have both abilities are very rare to find".

"However it may be, on whatever pitch or in whatever conditions, we are creating a habit of winning". The left-arm spinner was reprimanded for a risky throw in the second Test in Colombo. The ball narrowly missed him in a manner which the on-field umpires determined as "dangerous", the ICC said. "Pujara's game has gone to another level".

He added that although the series is already lost, his team will now focus on trying to win the third test because a win against the No. 1-ranked side would provide a major confidence boost. "And to be able to have that hunger and passion day in day out, working hard on his game, coming out and having those consistent performances takes a lot of mental strength", said Kohli.