Sri Lanka v India: Ravindra Jadeja stars as tourists complete series win

Sri Lanka v India: Ravindra Jadeja stars as tourists complete series win

Sri Lanka managed to avoid any more setbacks before the close, but India's lead of 572 runs leaves them well placed to wrap up the three-match series with a Test to spare.

India tightened its grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka despite a fighting century by Kusal Mendis during the hosts' follow-on in Colombo on Saturday.

His partnership of 191 runs with Karunaratne helped steady the Lankan innings after the early dismissal of opener Upul Tharanga. Night-watchman Malinda Pushpakumara stood still at the batting crease.

India came up against some high-quality sweeping from Sri Lanka, which finally made them work hard to bowl the hosts out, but on a pitch were balls were exploding off a length and beating the bat, it was a matter of time before one took the edge too.

Sri Lanka had handed India the advantage after being dismissed for 183 in their first innings, conceding a 439-run lead.

Jadeja, the no. 1 ranked bowler and all-rounder in the world, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up yet another five-wicket ball. This is also the 8th consecutive Test match victory for the Indian cricket team under the captaincy of Virat Kohli while second Test series win in Sri Lanka. Brief scores: India 622/9 decl beat Sri Lanka 386 all out (Karunaratne 141, Mathews 36) and 183 all out, by an innings and 53 runs.

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India have now won back-to-back away Test series in the island nation having clinched the previous edition in 2015 by 2-1 margin. Next-man, captain Chandimal hardly lasted, poking at Jadeja for Ajinkya Rahane to take a regulation catch at slip. Saha is definitely the best keeper in this format right now. However, despite a gritty fight back it will be intriguing to see how the Sri Lankan team sticks through as they trail by 230 runs.

"I think it was very good for us, from a team's point of view that we were up against a challenge in the last four sessions that we played yesterday and today". Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had figures of 2/132 while medium-pacer Hardik Pandya returned 2/31.

Jadeja continued with his aggressive batting, stepping out to smash Herath for another six with Umesh Yadav also joining the party with a boundary off Dilruwan Perera. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries.

Pujara and Rahane added 217 runs for the fourth wicket.

The big moment of the session came in the 66th over when K L Rahul dropped Karunaratne (then on 95) at short leg off Jadeja, which didn't prove costly in the long run. Since then, he has gone on to become ICC's No I ranked Test bowler with 14 wickets against New Zealand, 26 versus England, six versus Bangaldesh, 25 versus Australia, and in this series he already has 13.

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