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Another test, another home humiliation!

It continues, the list of "first time ever or first time in ages" for example, the first time ever India have beaten SL by innings at home! First time ever an Indian team has scored 600 in consecutive tests. Pretty scary when you think of who toured before, Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Lax and Sewag with Harbajan, Kumble and Zaheer couldn't beat us!! Even if you go back to say the 80's, Gavaskar, Vensakar, Srikanth, Kapil Dev still couldnt bear Mendis, Dias, Ratnayeke, DS, DE Mel. Its different now, we are not just losing, we are not competing. It's two very different issues and don't distracted by the great second innings showing. 600 plays 183 in the first innings shambles. The most you can get out of that is a rain affected draw.

What were we doing in the first innings? Once again some really poor shots and lack of application saw the surrendering of a 400+ lead. You cant be taken seriously when you keep playing test cricket like this. Once again nothing from the experienced hands of Mathews and Tharanga and both looking really poor in a crunch test of a big series. Their shot selection has been novice like too.

On the positive side, Dimuth has probably played two career defining back to back test innings which is great to see and probably cements his spot for the foreseeable future. Credit to the selectors too for sticking with him and a lesson for the arm chair critics (myself included) who didn't think he deserved the spot.

Kusal Mendis another mercurial knock, and they keep coming at a very young age which is probably the most positive sign to look forward to. You don't play knocks like this without getting out a few times so we need to be patient when he gets out a few times. Interestingly, both his last two test hundreds, he could have been out for 0 and 1 if luck was not with him but to his credit and he was a light of hope in what is otherwise two shocking tests for SL.

So on to the final test and I am thinking when was the last time we were white-washed at home in a 3 test series? Surely it's never but I can't be sure. One things for sure, this is bound to be another first in the record book after the third test.


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