Yadav dismisses Tharanga; Sri Lanka 118/1 after 29 overs

Aaron Brown
August 7, 2017

India won by an innings and 53 runs after dismissing Sri Lanka for 386.

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 risky manner during an International Match". The batsman was caught at slip off Jadeja's left-arm spin.

Last October, Jadeja had received two informal warnings and one official warning for running on the pitch before encroaching for a fourth time in a match that also had Oxenford involved. Even over the next few days we are hoping to spend a lot of time and energy in training. He's very agile and can create chances at any stage. He's always in the game. "Mendis has been a brilliant player in his small career", said Dickwella.

Ravichandran Ashwin scalped a five-wicket haul as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 183 in their first innings on the third day of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here on Saturday.

Ravindra Jadeja's efforts led India to a series win over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday.

Commenting on the series win he said, "We are playing Tests at worldwide level and we expect teams to play like (Sri Lanka did). We are happy that we went through the hard place; helps you not get complacent as a side".

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The hosts, who resumed the day on 209-2, lost two wickets in the morning session, including that of skipper Dinesh Chandimal for two. The right-handed batsman, who added 191 runs for the second wicket with opener Dimuth Karunaratne [92 not out], played some attacking shots, smashing 17 fours before being caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Hardik Pandya. That is the reason why he is ranked number one in world ranking.

"We have four days to train now", Chandimal said.

Brief score: India 622/9 decl in 158 overs (Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Ashwin 54, Saha 67, Jadeja 70 not out; Herath 4/154). "After the first innings we had a different approach and that paid off for us", Dickwella said.

"Coming into the game we knew that they will give us a spinning track and after day one we knew it was not going to be easy for batsmen", Rahane said.

SL lose eight wickets before lunch in 1st innings, put up a valiant fight after the follow-on The Indian team had started their walk back to the pavilion.

"We are just looking at Test matches as Test matches and we want to win anywhere that we play".

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