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Ashwin leads victory over Sri Lanka

Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah have shared seven wickets as India beat Sri Lanka by 238 runs in the pink-ball second Test to seal a 2-0 series victory.

Chasing an improbable 447 to win on the third day, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 208 after tea. Skipper Dimuth Karunarante provided the lone resistance on Monday with his 14th Test century.

Off-spinner Ashwin finished with 4-55, paceman Bumrah took 3-23 to add to his five-wicket haul in the first innings, and Axar Patel picked up 2-37.

Karunaratne (107) batted defiantly on a tough pitch, hitting 15 fours in 174 deliveries as he became the first player to score a century in the fourth innings of a day-night test.

Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis (54) had compiled Sri Lanka’s highest partnership of the series (97) but Ashwin dismissed Mendis as India took three wickets for eight runs to seize command.

The 2-0 sweep means India has won 15 consecutive Test series on home soil and is now fourth in the world championship table.

“It has been a good run,” captain Rohit Sharma said. “We wanted to achieve a few things as a team and we did that. It is only the third day-night Test in India so we are still learning how to handle these conditions. The crowd coming back and celebrating with us has been so pleasing.”

India’s Shreyas Iyer was named man of the match after scoring 92 in the first innings and 67 in the second.

“I saw the batters struggling so I knew I had to be attacking and put the pressure back on the bowlers,” Iyer said. “I didn’t worry about the hundred, I just wanted to bat as many balls as possible in the second innings. I have always dreamt about playing Test cricket for India. It is a good feeling to come and contribute, and I want to keep this going.”

Rishabh Pant was named man of the series for his scintillating knocks and exceptional glove work. He scored 96 in Mohali and followed up with 50 off 31 balls, the quickest Test half-century by an India batsman.

“I’ve made mistakes in the past and I want to keep improving,” Pant said. “The wicket here was difficult to play, so I thought I should look for quick runs. In both (batting and wicketkeeping), it is important to keep evolving.

India had won the first test in Mohali by an innings and 222 runs.

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