The ICC has classified the Chinnaswamy pitch in Bengaluru, which hosted Sri Lanka in the second Test, as ‘below ordinary. One of the ICC’s Elite Panel of Match Referees, Javagal Srinath, gave it that rating, and the venue received one demerit point.

In his pitch report, Srinath observed, “The pitch offered a lot of turn on the first day itself, and though it improved with each session, in my opinion, it was not an even match between bat and ball.”

From Day 1, when India was reduced to 148 for 6, there was an appreciable degree of turn on the surface, according to Srinath. Shreyas lyer’s ability to bat against spin helped India reach 252, an Innings in which spinners took eight of the ten wickets.

Sri Lanka was bowled out for 109 runs in reply, despite the spinners only taking three wickets. In the second essay, India batted significantly better, while Sri Lanka had a similar fate, with seven batters out for single digit scores. The match only lasted until the third day’s final session.