"We are playing more consistent cricket and that shows", Kohli said after the big win. And they went about doing that with great efficiency.
The 28-year-old Delhi stalwart was going through a patchy form and had scored only 46 runs in his last three Tests and was eager to return back to his supreme self. After dismissing Sri Lanka for 291, India made a decision to bat once again and at stumps were placed at 189/3 with skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on a fine 76. Pandya got his maiden Test wicket when he cleaned up Pradeep before Jadeja wrapped up the Lankan innings putting India 309 runs aheaded.
Finger injuries ruled out Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne as India needed eight wickets to start the series on a winning note.
Virat Kohli then joined Abhinav Mukund to fix India's innings.
The spin twins of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja claimed three wickets each as the visitors registered a thumping win over Sri Lanka afer skipper Virat Kohli's century ensured they post a mammoth total on the board. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting also won three Tests when Australia whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in 2003-2004.
Herath also felt Sri Lanka gave a poor account of themselves with the ball. But Karunaratne paid the price for a rare rash shot and was bowled by Ashwin, who is now on 275 Test wickets.
Dimuth Karunaratne produced a rearguard act with an unbeaten half century as Sri Lanka delayed the inevitable, reaching 192 for four against India on the fourth day of the first Test here today.
"I played about four county matches, which always helps". Danushka Gunathilaka went for two, giving an easy catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at short square leg two overs later. As everyone thought that Indian captain Virat Kohli will impose a follow-on to the opponents team but it didn't happen like past few instances. Interestingly, Stokes - regarded as world's premier all-rounder - hit his fifth Test hundred yesterday against South Africa during second's day play of the third Test at Kennington Oval.
India will now lock horns with Lanka in the second Test, beginning August 3 at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. Jadeja broke through with two wickets including that of Mathews before Dickwella and the opener strung together a 101 run partnership.