That the Indians scored at a good clip also meant they gave themselves enough time to dismiss Lanka twice on a pitch that grew progressively slower.
Under the circumstances and by hindsight, one can say that winning the toss and batting first had a huge influence on the outcome.
As well as Sreesanth bowled, credit is due to Ojha and Harbhajan for chipping in with crucial wickets after the early breakthrough by Zaheer who, it must be said, will be far more effective if he works on his front foot landing that led to far too many no-balls to be dismissed as one of those things.
Of course, it was good to see the left-arm seamer in the thick of things after going through a period of injuries, and given his vast experience, it is to be hoped that he will get his act together sooner than later.
In Image: Indian cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (L) gestures after taking his fifth wicket against Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test match.