COLOMBO, Sep 1: India today broke a 22-year-old jinx on Sri Lankan soil with an emphatic 117-run win over the hosts in the third and final cricket Test, recording their first ever overseas series triumph from a 0-1 deficit.
After setting a daunting victory target of 386, India managed to dismiss Sri Lankan for 268 despite captain Angelo Mathews valiant century to wrap up the series 2-1, their first overseas series victory since June, 2011 against the West Indies.
The last time an Indian team won a series in Sri Lanka was way back in 1993 under Mohammed Azharuddin�s leadership when they sealed the series with 1-0 scoreline.
Since 1993, India has toured Sri Lanka five times but had not managed to win a series. While they had travelled to Sri Lanka in 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2010 for a bilateral series, in 1998-99 they competed there in the Asian Test Championships.
Till now, India have won only three Test series after losing the first Test and this is the first time that the achievement has come on foreign soil. India won a series in 1972-73 against England and against Australia in 2000-2001 at home.
It was new captain Virat Kohli�s first series win ever since he took over the reins of the team from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
On an absorbing final day�s play, the visitors took two quick wickets in the morning session before Mathews (110) and debutant Kusal Perera (70) scripted a spirited fightback to frustrate the Indians.
The duo put on a resolute 135-run partnership for the sixth wicket, the second-highest stand in the fourth innings in Sri Lanka�s Test history. Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis hold the record of biggest fourth innings partnership with a 214- run stand. � PTI
India first innings 312
Sri Lanka first innings 201
India 2nd innings 274 Sri Lanka 2nd innings (Overnight 67/3 in 18.1 overs): Upul Tharanga c Ojha b I Sharma 0, Kaushal Silva c Pujara b Yadav 27, Dimuth Karunaratne c Ojha b Yadav 0, Dinesh Chandimal c Kohli b I Sharma 18, Angelo Mathews lbw b I Sharma 110, Lahiru Thirimanne c Rahul b Ashwin 12, Kusal Perera c RG Sharma b Ashwin 70, Rangana Herath lbw b Ashwin 11, Tharindu Kaushal not out 1, Dhammika Prasad c Binny b Ashwin 6, Nuwan Pradeep lbw b Mishra 0. Extras: (b 4, lb 2, nb 7) 13. Total: 268 (3.15 runs per over, all out; 85 overs) 268. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-2, 3-21, 4-74, 5-107, 6-242, 7-249, 8-257, 9-263, 10-268. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 19-5-32-3, Umesh Yadav 15-3-65-2, Stuart Binny 13-3-49-0,, Amit Mishra 18-1-47-1, Ravichandran Ashwin 20-2-69-4.