Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sri Lanka show some fight through Karunaratne and Mendis

Sri Lanka show some fight through Karunaratne and Mendis

Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had figures of 2/132 while medium-pacer Hardik Pandya returned 2/31.

Mendis also survived a caught behind appeal off Jadeja via DRS as the ball touched the thigh pad and was never even close to the edge.

"Chandi and Kusal batted really well in the last few overs". Unlike the Galle Test, India made a decision to enforce follow-on and took the match by its throat winning the second Test by an innings and 53 runs.

Ashwin, who bagged two wickets on Day Two, picked up his 26th five-wicket haul while Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took two each.

The Indian bowlers - especially the two spinners - were made to work much harder than their previous three innings in the Test matches so far.

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Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed four wickets for Sri Lanka which suffered new injury worries after paceman Nuwan Pradeep left the field on day one with a pulled hamstring.

Several Sri Lankan batsmen displayed poor selection on a pitch which was offering a fair bit of turn, specially to Ashwin.

A repeat of a slide appeared imminent when next over, skipper Dinesh Chandimal endured his second failure of the match and offered a catch to Rahane off Jadeja.

Meanwhile Dickwella continued to attack and reached his 5th Test half-century off 44 balls.

Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara was picked for his global debut. As the ball got older when we bowled the second time around, it was kind of fizzling out and the edges weren't carrying to the fielders. Five balls later, Shami also bowled Rangana Herath (2) with a ideal yorker.

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Realising the futility of trying to hang around, Niroshan Dickwella threw his bat at everything, hitting seven boundaries and a six in his 51 before attempting an ugly scoop against Shami that deflected the ball onto his stumps.

Karunaratne, resuming on 92, had edgy moments and survived a dropped catch at short leg, when KL Rahul fluffed a sharp but straightforward chance off Jadeja.

Kohli will fancy equalling Australia's modern era record of nine consecutive Test series wins when India host Sri Lanka for three matches later this year.

India held all the aces going into Day 2, and it hardly looked like a bother when Pujara and Rahane were dismissed in the first session.

Just like the first test, the second one also has two wonderful centuries, each from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane that anchored the score to 344/3 at stumps on day one.

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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.

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