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PHOTOS: India seal Sri Lanka series despite Mathews ton

Last updated on: September 01, 2015 17:57 IST
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Photos from Day 5 of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka

 

IMAGE: India's captain Virat Kohli, right, celebrates after winning the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Angelo Mathews's batting heroics went in vain as India beat Sri Lanka by 117 runs in the third and final Test to win the three-match series 2-1, in Colombo, on Tuesday.

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After setting Sri Lanka a 386-run victory target, India needed seven wickets on the final day to gift Virat Kohli his first series victory since becoming the Test captain.

Sri Lanka skipper Mathews (110) and debutant Kusal Perera (70), however, refused to throw in the towel at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

IMAGE: Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews, right, and Kusal Perera celebrate their partnership. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The duo resisted India's victory push for more than 38 overs with gritty defiance but the wheels came off the Sri Lankan innings towards the end of the second session.

Perera succumbed to a rush of blood just before tea and Ishant Sharma, armed with the new ball, dismissed Mathews in the first over after the break to rattle the hosts, who eventually folded for 268.

IMAGE: Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews celebrates his century. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Resuming on 67-3, Sri Lanka lost two wickets in the morning session before the 135-run stand between Mathews and Perera not only halted India's victory bid but also rekindled faint home hopes of a miraculous win.

Mathews brought up his century off 217 balls, while Perera shone in his debut Test as well, complimenting his first innings half-century with an aggressive 70.

IMAGE: India's captain Virat Kohli, right, celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera on Day 5 of the third and final Test in Colombo on Tuesday. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The stumper-batsman, however, threw away his wicket, reverse sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin (4-69) to Rohit Sharma at point.

Ishant Sharma (3-32) then ended all home hopes by trapping Mathews leg before for his 200th Test wicket as India went on to win their first Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who struck an unbeaten 145 in the makeshift opener's role for India, was adjudged man-of-the-match in the low-scoring contest, while Ashwin's 21 wickets earned him the man-of-the-series award.

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