Ravindra Jadeja steals the show with 175* and 9/87 as India thump Sri Lanka

Brief scores: India 574/8 declared (Ravindra Jadeja 175*, Rishabh Pant 96, Ravichandran Ashwin 61; Suranga Lakmal 2/90, Vishwa Fernando 2/135) beat Sri Lanka 174/10 (Pathum Nissanka 61*; Jadeja 5/41, Jasprit Bumrah 2/36) and (Niroshan Dickwella 51*; Jadeja 4/46, Ashwin 4/47) by an innings and 222 runs

Statistical highlights of India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test 2022

  • Ravindra Jadeja shone with bat and ball in his comeback Test match as India sealed a comprehensive victory by an innings and 222 runs against Sri Lanka at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
  • The Saurashtra all-rounder ticked off a series of rare records to set up India’s innings victory, their 12th against Sri Lanka.
  • It is India’s 21st Test win over Sri Lanka, who remain winless (losing 12 of 21) in their away Tests against India
  • First, Jadeja struck an unbeaten 175 to lead India to a mammoth 574 for eight before declaring their innings. Not only is it Jadeja’s second Test hundred but also the highest Test score by an Indian batsman batting at No. 7. Kapil Dev, with 163 against Sri Lanka in 1986, had held the record previously.
  • Then, in Sri Lanka’s first innings, Jadeja picked five for 41, his 10th Test five-wicket haul. He became just the sixth player in Test history, and just the third Indian (after Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar), to make a 150-plus score and take a five-wicket haul.
  • Jadeja’s all-round exploits (175* and 9 for 87) and earned him the man-of-the-match award. It’s the third consecutive Test at the venue (Mohali) where Jadeja has been the player-of-the-match.
  • Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat as he became the 35th Indian Test captain. On a dry, sluggish Mohali pitch, India consistently scored in excess of four runs per over and were rarely tested by Sri Lanka.
  • Rishabh Pant shone on day one with a stroke-filled 97-ball 96, his eighth Test fifty. It’s the fifth time that he has been dismissed in the 90s, this time bowled by Suranga Lakmal with the second new ball late in the day’s play after sharing a 104-run partnership with Jadeja for the sixth wicket.
  • Jadeja then joined spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin to forge a 130-run seventh-wicket partnership which took India’s total past 450.
  • Ashwin made his 12th Test fifty, an 82-ball 61, and followed it up by taking six for 96 with the ball. His fifth scalp of the match (Charith Asalanka) gave him his 435th Test wicket as he surpassed Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 wickets to become India’s second-highest wicket-taker.
  • Former captain Virat Kohli became the 12th Indian to play 100 Tests. With his knock of 45, he also went past 8000 runs in Test cricket, becoming the sixth Indian to achieve the feat.