Jadeja stars as India tick all boxes to outclass Sri Lanka in Mohali

Jadeja stars as India tick all boxes to outclass Sri Lanka in Mohali

Sri Lanka were outclassed by a relentless Indian attack that picked up 16 wickets on the third day of the Mohali Test to go 1-0 up in the series. Ravindra Jadeja finished with a 9-wicket haul, adding to his 175 with the bat headlining a comprehensive victory.

Jadeja Stars As India Tick All Boxes To Outclass Sri Lanka In Mohali

While conceding a 400-run first-innings lead, Sri Lanka were kept down by Jadeja’s five-wicket haul, his first in Tests since 2017. And in the second, the slide was started by R Ashwin, who went past Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 Test wickets to go up to the second spot in India’s all-time list.

Lahiru Thirimanne was caught at slip falling to Ashwin for the second time in the match, while the first innings half-centurion Pathum Nissanka got a thin edge to be caught behind. The spinners were complemented well by the pacers, as Mohammed Shami got one to shape away and trap Dimuth Karunaratne LBW for 27.

Sri Lanka’s resistance finally came in the form of a 49-run stand between Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva. But Jadeja, once again, nipped it in the bud having de Silva caught at short cover and then trapping Mathews LBW too with a big turner. Sandwiched in-between was Ashwin’s wicket no. 435 when Charith Asalanka edged to slip.

Sri Lanka’s lower order resistance in the second dig came through an unbeaten 51 from Niroshan Dickwella but the end seemed nigh with a wicket always seemingly around the corner. Rohit Sharma turned to Shami who had Vishwa Fernando LBW leaving Jadeja with one chance to become the first cricketer to score a 150 and pick 10 wickets in the same Test. But it was not to be, as Ashwin wrapped up the innings having Lahiru Kumara caught in the deep, handing Sri Lanka their third biggest defeat in Test cricket.

Jadeja’s fine bowling performance was a continuation of his heroics in the first innings where Sri Lanka had suffered a dramatic collapse. The last four batters in the first innings all fell for ducks with Jadeja getting two wickets in an over twice.

Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal caught off miscued big shots triggering the collapse first. And then came back to wrap up the innings off successive balls having Vishwa Fernando caught at slip and Kumara clean bowled. Inbetween Shami bounced out Lasith Embuldeniya as Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls.

The frenetic slide down was quite in contrast to how Sri Lanka had started in the first hour of the day.

Both Nissanka and Asalanka, the overnight batters, had a bit of luck going their way with the former dropped by Shreyas Iyer off R Ashwin. However, they rode on that luck to bag boundaries whenever India erred in length and added a gritty 58-run stand for the fifth wicket. Nissanka brought up his fifth half-century over the course of his defiant knock. But the breakthrough that India toiled for came through an inspired piece of bowling by Jasprit Bumrah. A slower offcutter from round the wicket did Asalanka in for pace and was trapped LBW on review.

It opened the sluice gates for Sri Lanka’s rapid freefall thereafter.

Brief Scores: India574/8 d (Ravindra Jadeja 175*, Rishabh Pant 96, Hanuma Vihari 58, Suranga Lakmal 2-90)beat Sri Lanka174 all out (Pathum Nissanka 61*, R Jadeja 5-41) and 178 all out ( Niroshan Dickwella 51*, R Jadeja 4-46, R Ashwin 4-47) by an innings and 222 runs

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