Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Newspaper: Clinical India rout SL to wrap up series

Newspaper: Clinical India rout SL to wrap up series

Not only will the man of the match from the second Test get some rest - Jadeja, after all was seen icing his left shoulder while India were piling on the runs on day one of the second Test at the SSC in Colombo - it will also give Virat Kohli another opportunity to test out the skills of Kuldeep Yadav in Test cricket.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja claimed the big wicket of overnight batsman Dimuth Karunaratne for 141 to end Sri Lanka's resistance and second innings on 386. "That's where we think they're very precious, specially in the longer format because they provide you with great balance", Kohli told reporters.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said the he wasn't surprised at Sri Lanka's fightback but was focused on remaining disciplined.

"Today we said even if we don't get wickets early on, we are going to enjoy these tough times as well, because they really improve you as a side", the Delhi batsman said.

Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara threw away his wicket, attempting a freaky reverse slog against Jadeja who dismissed Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal for two in his next over. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled out Malinda Pushpakumara for 16 when the nightwatchman tried a reverse sweep then left-arm spinner Jadeja opened his account removing the Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal for just two, caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slip.

"We were outplayed in the first innings both with bat and ball", Chandimal said after his team lost a Test inside four days for the second time in the series. However the host nation had a better start in the second innings after they were forced to play the follow-on.

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Sri Lanka resumed day four on 209 for two and looked determined to make India bat again.

Pallekele hosts the dead rubber third and final Test from Saturday.

The source said that itinerary for the series with Sri Lanka would be announced this week.

Bowling: Yadav 13-2-39-1, Ashwin 37.5-7-132-2, Shami 12-3-27-0, Jadeja 39-5-152-5, Pandya 15-2-31-2.

TV UMPIRE: R.K. Illingworth (England).

Mendis scored his third test century and was out for 110 off 135 deliveries, a spell that included 17 boundaries.

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