Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Ravindra Jadeja's 5-Wicket Haul Mauls Sri Lanka, India Sweeps Series

Ravindra Jadeja's 5-Wicket Haul Mauls Sri Lanka, India Sweeps Series

World no 1 Test bowler, Ravindra Jadeja took the 9th 5-wicket haul of his career in the second Test against Sri Lanka and dismissed Dinesh Chandimanl, Angelo Mathews, Dilruwan Perera, Dhananjay Disilva and one of the two centurions Dimuth Karunaratne. This was also the first instance of two Sri Lankan batsmen scoring century while following-on.

With Indian captain Virat Kohli deciding to enforce the follow on, the Lankans started their second innings after lunch and straight away ran into trouble.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the star bowler for India as he picked up five wickets for 69 in 16.4 overs.

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The ball spun alarmingly and occasionally kicked off but India's poor catching meant the tourists, bidding to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-test series, had to wait 12 overs for a breakthrough after Sri Lanka resumed on 209-2.

Jadeja was named the man of the match for his impressive all-round performance.

At 451-6 Sri Lanka would have been hopeful of wrapping up the innings in quick time, but Saha (67) and Jadeja (70 not out) combined for an eighth-wicket stand of 72. "I think this wicket will get slower and slower". What a way to bring up 150 wickets in Test cricket. At worldwide level, you expect teams to come and play like that (on Mendis' and Dimuth's innings). We beat the bat pretty often even in the sessions we didn't get wickets. "Very happy that we went through the hard phases as well and you never get complacent as a side then". He and Wriddhiman Saha smashed some good shots and India was at 553 for 7 wickets before the tea. And also the pitch was such that those chances had to come at some stage.

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"Pujara and Ajinkya are our two best Test batsmen, especially in the middle order".

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Chandimal was gutted to have lost, and said: "To be honest, you can't control the toss".

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The left-hander had a Test to forget after being dismissed for a duck in the first innings before falling for just two runs in the second. Credit goes to them: "they batted brilliantly in the first innings and put us under huge pressure", Chandimal said. We want to take positives out of this game. "We have to play positively", Karunaratne, who praised Ashwin's variations as a spinner, told reporters. Unfortunately, Angelo doesn't bowl at the moment, so we can not get the right balance. "Karunaratne complimented Mendis, he defended beautifully, and Mendis played a few extra shots that Karunaratne obviously didn't", Ashwin said at the post-day press conference on Saturday. "I would say he's a very valuable cricketer for us", Kolhi added. If the batsman is playing sweep regularly, it's always a challenge.

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