Siraj (6/21) took six wickets, including four from just one over, to dismantle the Lankans in one of the most devastating bowling performances. Jasprit Bumrah (1/23), who gave India the first breakthrough in the first over, and Hardik Pandya (3/3) were among the wickets for India.
India openers, Shubman Gill (27 not out) and Ishan Kishan (23 not out), then made short work of the small chase as they completed it in just 6.1 overs with all 10 wickets intact.
Here’s how India pacers destroyed Sri Lanka in Colombo:
1st wicket: Bumrah removes Perera | SL 1/1
0.3 overs — Bumrah opened the India attack and forced an edged off Kusal Perera’s bat early in the innings. Bumrah pitched it around middle and swung it away, tempting Perera to push at it. Good catch by wicket-keeper KL Rahul, diving low to his left.
2nd wicket: Siraj scalps Nissanka | SL 8/2
3.1 overs — Siraj started his second over of his spell with a wicket off the first ball. Pathum Nissanka punched it behind square, but Ravindra Jadeja dived to his right from backward point to take a brilliant low catch.
3rd wicket: Siraj grabs Samarawickrama | SL 8/3
3.3 overs — Siraj then trapped in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama LBW for a duck. Samarawickrama was late on his shot and played the wrong line. Struck in front of middle and ball tracking confirmed it. Sri Lanka lost both batter and a review.
4th wicket: Two in two for Siraj, dismisses Asalanka | SL 8/4
3.4 overs — Siraj grabbed his third wicket of the over as Asalanka chipped it straight to Ishan Kishan at covers. Asalanka played his shot a bit early and mistimed it.
5th wicket: Four in one over for Siraj, Dhananjaya falls | SL 12/5
3.6 overs — Siraj missed out on a hat-trick but took four wickets in the over. A soft dismissal for Dhananjaya de Silva, as he pushed at a wide outswinger and edged it. Regulation catch for Rahul.
6th wicket: Fifer for Siraj, removes Shanaka | SL 12/6
5.4 overs — In his next over, Siraj clean bowled Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka to complete his five-wicket haul in 16 balls. Shanaka was beaten by the movement and was clean bowled.
7th wicket: Siraj grabs six, removes Mendis | SL 33/7
11.2 overs — Sri Lanka batters added 21 runs for the seventh wicket to slightly steady their innings, ,but Siraj came back and clean bowled Kusal Mendis to grab his sixth wicket in the 12th over.
8th wicket: Hardik joins the party, scalps Wellalage | SL 40/8
12.3 overs — Hardik Pandya sent young Dunith Wellalage back to the pavilion with a well directed bouncer at the body. The ball hit the gloves and lobbed towards the keeper.
9th wicket: Second for Hardik, removes Pramod | SL 50/9
15.1 overs — Hardik made Pramod Madushan his second wicket after forcing an edge off his bat. Pramod played away from his body and gave away a simple catch to Virat Kohli at first slip.
10th wicket: Two in two for Hardik, Pathirana falls | SL 50/10
15.2 overs — Hardik struck again in the next delivery to dismiss Matheesha Pathirana, and wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings. Ishan Kishan with the catch.