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Jadeja five-for gifts India series victory against Sri Lanka

07 August, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The off-spinner snared 3 more wickets and completed a 5 wicket haul handing India a massive 439 run lead before skipper Kohli made a decision to enforce the follow on. "We have to play positively", Karunaratne, who praised Ashwin's variations as a spinner, told reporters.

Well, if that wasn't enough, then there were the Sri Lankan batsmen. The "grenade-like" surface became only more cumbersome for Sri Lanka to tackle and Ravindra Jadeja picked the bones with a ninth career five-wicket haul. R Ashwin spun his magic on a spin friendly wicket, spearheading the Indian bowling with a five-wicket haul.

Jadeja's splendid all round performance in the second Test will not be repeated in the third Test as he has been suspended for the final Test after being found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the player's code of conduct which deals with "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or unsafe manner during an International Match". It was Ajinkya Rahane in the slip who caught the catch.

The opener didn't offer any more chances thereafter, reaching the three-figure mark in 224 balls.

The batsman, who had made no move to take a run, had to dodge quickly and it left wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha shaking off a sore left wrist after a rushed attempted stop. India on the brink of another win here.

The pacer had injured his hamstring on Day One and consequently the hosts have been left without a proper fast bowler in their attack for this game. Though they were risky shots, he played a lot of sweeps and cross-batted strokes to good effect on a slow turner. Dimuth Karunaratne scored a fine ton, while Angelo Matthews played a supportive role.

Not a great believer in enforcing follow-on, skipper Kohli said that a lead of 440 runs convinced him to do so.

WICKET! Captain Dinesh Chandimal departs after scoring just two runs.

Was it all that long ago that this Sri Lankan team whitewashed a powerful Australia 3-0? Before the second innings we had a discussion and had a chat about what was the best way to score runs. Much-needed breakthrough for India.

Another win in the third Test, which starts at Pallekele on August 12, would see them complete their first Test series whitewash in Sri Lanka, but Kohli says their mindset is not affected by such landmarks.

Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets to punish Sri Lanka soon after India declared its first innings on 9-622 on day two of the second Test.

Subsequently, Tharanga's opening partner Dimuth Karunaratne (25) had a few snorters as he struck two boundaries and held his end well for the most part before offering an outside edge to Ashwin for his second wicket.


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