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Lankans fold for 183, to follow-on v India

Lankans fold for 183, to follow-on v India

26 - The number of five-wicket hauls by Ravichandran Ashwin, who went past Harbhajan Singh's tally of 25 hauls.

Brief Scores: India 442/5 (Cheteshwar Pujara 133, Ajinkya Rahane 132, Lokesh Rahul 57, Dimukh Karunaratne 1/31) vs Sri Lanka. R Ashwin spun his magic on a spin friendly wicket, spearheading the Indian bowling with a five-wicket haul.

However, India will badly miss Jadeja's services in the third and final Test starting Saturday in Pallekele, after the ICC slapped the all-rounder with a one-match ban and a fine for risky play.

When Upul Tharanga was dismissed for just two as early as in the third over, India were well on their way to another commanding win and eventually a series win.

The batsman, who had made no move to take a run, had to dodge quickly and it left wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha shaking off a sore left wrist after a rushed attempted stop.

India won the first test by 304 runs and leads the three-match series 1-0. But Dickwella found another partner in Dhananjaya de Silva and the tailender did try his luck a bit before Jadeja once again struck and sent him back for 17. India on the brink of another win here.

Mendis was given a life on 1 by Dhawan but never cared to look back, taking control of the proceedings by targeting Ashwin and Jadeja as India's trump cards went wicketless in the 2nd innings.

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It was Hardik Pandya, who gave Kohli's team the much-needed breakthrough, snapping a solid 191-run stand towards the end of the day.

Not a great believer in enforcing follow-on, skipper Kohli said that a lead of 440 runs convinced him to do so.

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli. Before the second innings we had a discussion and had a chat about what was the best way to score runs. This is India's eighth consecutive series win, and the first time they win by an innings in a Test on Sri Lankan soil! .

India amassed 622 for nine before declaring their first innings and then returned to remove both the Sri Lankan openers to tighten their grip on the second test yesterday.

At the other end, Karunaratne was playing second fiddle to Mendis, but did not let the run-rate dip. However, the pressure will be on Karunaratne to build on from his hard-fought unbeaten 92. Everyone agreed that the best way moving forward was by using the sweep and reverse sweep shots heavily. Also, the fact, that there is still some time for the new ball to be introduced will be a boost for the hosts.

Karunaratne and Mathews added 69 runs for the fifth wicket as Sri Lanka were 310 for four at one stage before a collapse saw the last six wickets going down for 76 runs.


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