Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

India beat SL by innings and 53 runs; clinch Test series

India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2017 2nd Test Ajinkya Rahane slams his ninth Test ton second in Lanka Sri Lanka 50/2 in reply to India's massive 622/9 in Colombo Test
Vera Richards | 08 August, 2017, 00:59

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. After securing his second series win over Sri Lanka, Kohli reserved special praise for India's middle order batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.

India had racked up a giant 622-9 declared in their first innings to put themselves in a dominant position but Chandimal felt there were positive signs in his side's showing, despite a second successive heavy defeat. Pushpakumara had come in as a nightwatchman on the third evening and had survived for 57 balls.

Sri Lanka has suffered injury related issues in the series.

The win came some 10 minutes before the tea-break but it could have come early had KL Rahul not dropped a sitter from Dimuth Karunaratne at forward short-leg off Jadeja when the batsman was on 95. His efforts also earned him the play-of-the-match award. It was high quality batting and you expect that to happen at the Test level. Credit goes to them: "they batted brilliantly in the first innings and put us under huge pressure", said Chandimal.

Kohli now has 18 wins under his belt-only three less than India's second-most successful captain Sourav Ganguly (21). We tried to play straight but we couldn't score well. Surely, the low-key celebrations at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), after they thrashed the hosts by an innings and 53 runs to finish off the series even before it moves to Pallekele for the third Test (August 12), told you one thing: Kohli and his team know biggest arrive only next year, when India embark on tougher away tours to South Africa, England and Australia.

"If we can believe enough in our abilities, we are not really bothered about where we are playing. We are creating a habit of winning that I think can be carried on in future as well". "I would say he's a very valuable cricketer for us", he concluded.

The ICC said that Jadeja breached article 2.2.8 of the player's code of conduct which prohibits "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player.in an inappropriate and/or unsafe manner during an International Match".

The ball narrowly missed him in a manner which the on- field umpires determined as "dangerous", the ICC said in a release.

It may be time for India to do some experiments with the team as they have already won the series. If you see last season, continuing now, he's got about 1500 runs which is outstanding.

Kohli said Jadeja brings great value to the side in all departments of the game.

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