Colombo Test: How Jadeja, Ashwin scripted India’s historic series win

first_imgIndia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs to win the second Test at Colombo.15.00 IST: That is it from us for this match. India have continued their dominance over the Islanders and won what was quite a one-sided series. Whereas the Lankan side have a lot of issues to solve and come up with new plans for the third and final Test which will be played on the 3rd of August at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo 10:00 local time. 14.45 IST: Another Test which ends inside 4 days. Kohli leads his team of the field and it has been a dominant performance by the visiting side. They took 6 wickets in this session and have clinched the series 2-0. Jadeja is the man of the moment for the Indians as he bagged a brilliant 5-fer. For the Lankans they showed good fight in the second innings but it was never going to be enough. To cut down a deficit of 439 on a wicket which had turn and bounce was never going to be easy and they fell short by 53 runs.14.36 IST: And, the celebration starts! INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 53 RUNS!14.35 IST: OUT! Final nail in the coffin! Ashwin gives it a nice loop and tosses it up outside off. Pradeep kneels down and goes for the slog sweep. Gets it off the toe end and the ball lobs high in the air on the leg side. Dhawan at mid on, runs to his right and completes the catch to finish off the proceedings. advertisement14.28 IST: Nuwan Pradeep the last man strides out to the middle.14.26 IST: OUT! Catch practice! Very full outside off, Dickwella makes room, crouches low and glides it straight to Rahane at gully. There’s a doubt of whether it went straight off the bat or it went on the bounce. However umpire Oxenford is convinced and rules Dickwella out. End of a frustrating 41-run stand for India. They are just one wicket shy of victory. SL 384/9. Trail by 55 runs.115.1: WICKET! N Dickwella (31) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Hardik Pandya, 384/9- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201714.11 IST: FOUR! Welcome Pandya, says Dickwella. Picks the length early, gets across and heaves it over front of square on the leg side for a boundary2nd Test. 111.1: H Pandya to N Dickwella (26), 4 runs, 376/8 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017 14.10 IST: Hardik Pandya is back into the attack.13.56 IST: FOUR! Dickwella nails the reverse sweep through the gap on the off side and the ball races to the fence.2nd Test. 107.1: R Jadeja to N Dickwella (11), 4 runs, 348/8 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.52 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack. There is a silly point, two slips and a leg slip in place for him.13.51 IST: Rangana Herath is the new man in.13.50 IST: OUT! Edged and taken! 9th fifer for Jadeja in Tests! He has made full use of the pitch on offer. Serves it around off, de Silva covers his stumps and hangs his bat in the air away from the body. Gets an outside edge and it goes towards Rahane at first slip, who takes an excellent low catch to his right. He is such a phenomenal fielder for India at that position. The umpire though takes it upstairs to have a look at the catch. The third umpire rules it out and Dhananjaya has to walk back. His attacking stint is over and his comeback Test hasn’t been too kind for him. SL 343/8. Trail by 96 runs.105.4: WICKET! D de Silva (17) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja, 343/8- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.48 IST: They have gone upstairs to check whether the catch has carried to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. The soft signal is out. De Silva is man in question.13.45 IST: India have managed to pick 4 wickets after the break and are now inching closer to victory.13.37 IST: FOUR! Three in a row! Paddle sweeps a low full toss down to the fine leg fence. 12 off the first three balls.2nd Test. 103.3: R Jadeja to D de Silva (17), 4 runs, 343/7 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.37 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries to de Silva. Short and wide outside off, he cuts it through cover-point for another boundary.2nd Test. 103.2: R Jadeja to D de Silva (13), 4 runs, 339/7 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.36 IST: FOUR! The sweep shot has been played to great affect by the Lankan batsmen. Fires it on middle, de SIlva sweeps it through square leg and the ball races to the fence.2nd Test. 103.1: R Jadeja to D de Silva (9), 4 runs, 335/7 #SLvIND #TeamIndiaadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.30 IST: FOUR! CRUNCHED! That was hit hard. Plays the sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary. He also avoids a pair with that boundary.2nd Test. 101.2: R Jadeja to D de Silva (4), 4 runs, 329/7 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.23 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva strides out to bat. He has been demoted down the order and Arnold on air asks what it will do to his confidence? Remember, he is also on a pair.13.22 IST: OUT! Another one bites the dust! It is the Saha and Jadeja partnership again! Jadeja gets a 4-fer. Fires it on off, Dilruwan comes down the track and tries to go big but is beaten by the spin. Saha collects the ball and whips the bails out in a flash and Dilruwan is way down the wicket. Jadeja is ecstatic. India are just three wickets away from a win. SL 321/7. Still trail by 118 runs.99.3: WICKET! MDK Perera (4) is out, st Wriddhiman Saha b Ravindra Jadeja, 321/7- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.12 IST: Dilruwan Perera is the new man in.13.11 IST: OUT! Saha what a catch! He has been brilliant with the gloves on a wicket which has been bouncing and turning and does well to dismiss Mathews. The ball before this kept low and this one bounced more than Angelo expected. Fires it outside off, turning away. Mathews goes for the cut but the ball gets big on him and takes the outside edge to Saha who takes a good catch at chest height. The ex-skipper has to depart and this is a huge wicket. Another one bites the dust and India are closing in on a victory.97.3: WICKET! A Mathews (36) is out, c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravindra Jadeja, 315/6- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201713.08 IST: A gritty innings from Karunaratne but all good things come to an end.AP Photo13.02 IST: Niroshan Dickwella walks out to bat.13.01 IST: OUT! The centurion has to depart! What a knock it has been from him. The Indians come upto him to congratulate Karunaratne as he walks off. It had to be a very good delivery to get him out. Flatter on leg stump, spits off the wicket. Karunaratne tries to defend it but the ball gets big on him and takes the glove and lobs behind the keeper. Rahane runs towards the ball from first slip and takes the easiest of catches. He could have done nothing with that ball. Half the side is back in the hut now. an early wicket after the break just what India wanted.SL 310/5. Trail by 129 runs.95.4: WICKET! D Karunaratne (141) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja, 310/5- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201712.46 IST: A lot will depend on the shoulders of these two.AP Photo12.45 IST: Hardik Pandya will bowl from the other end. A wide slip in place for him.12.42 IST: The players are back from the lunch break. Mathews and Karunaratne will look to stretch their stand even further. Ravindra Jadeja to start the proceedings with a short leg, a leg slip and a slip in place. Here we go.advertisement12.16 IST: A shared session for the teams.Great session of play. 2 wickets & a centurion followed up by resistance from Angelo Mathews. An exciting 2nd session coming up #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201711.56 IST: Jadeja back on for India.11.48 IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes back into the attack.11.41 IST: 50-run stand is up between Mathews and Karunaratne!11.39 IST: FOUR! Beautiful, simply beautiful! Pitched up outside off, Karunaratne takes a stride forward, leans into the shot and just drive it on the up past diving Ashwin at mid off for a boundary.11.29 IST: Kohli has gone back to the basics. He now brings on Mohammed Shami from the other end. First time in the match he will partner Umesh with the ball.11.25 IST: Umesh Yadav finally gets a go with the ball today. It’s a brand new cherry and he would look to make full use of it.11.20 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Full on middle and leg, flicked crisply through mid-wicket for a boundary. That was really a fine, fine shot!11.19 IST: Second new ball is taken straightaway! Ashwin only will continue with it.11.16 IST: SIX! Over mid off this time. This is even better. Jadeja tosses it up on off, Mathews goes over the long off fence for a maximum.11.15 IST: FOUR! BANG! Full ball on middle, Mathews lofts it over the bowlers head for a boundary. Good by Mathews he has taken the aggressive approach.10.54 IST: Angelo Mathews comes out to bat.10.53 IST: OUT! Chandimal has to depart there! As the saying goes if you get one you soon get another one. Jadeja gets his first of the innings. Flatter on off, turning away. Chandimal pokes at it and gets an outside edge to Rahane at first slip who takes a good low catch diving to his right. A huge wicket for India. Has Pushpakumara’s wicket opened the flood gates? Can they now trigger a collapse? SL 241/4. Still trail by 198 runs.73.5: WICKET! D Chandimal (2) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja, 241/4- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201710.47 IST: Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal strides out to bat.10.45 IST: OUT! Pushpakumara what have you done? That was a needless shot there. Malinda tries to bring the reverse sweep out. Ashwin bowls it quicker and full on leg stump and Pushpakumara misses and it hits the leg pole. He was playing so well only he would know why did he do that! India get their first wicket of the day and who else but Ashwin who provides it. SL 238/3, still trail by 201 runs.72.2: WICKET! M Pushpakumara (16) is out, b Ravichandran Ashwin, 238/3 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017 10.36 IST: FOUR! He is really playing well here! Bowls it on the leg stump, Pushpakumara sweeps it against the spin through backward square leg for a boundary.10.31 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to bowl.10.28 IST: FOUR! Full and on middle, Karunaratne drives it through mid on for a boundary. He also brings up his century and what a knock it has been. He has had his luck but take nothing away from the will and determination he has shown out there. He still has a long way to go out there.Dimuth Karunaratne gets his 6th Test century! Sri Lanka 227/2 (67.2) trail by 212 runs. LIVE: (Only in SL) #SLvIND Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 6, 201710.21 IST: DROPPED! Another one goes down. A sharp chance for Rahul. Jadeja bowls it on middle, Karunaratne flicks it uppishly with the spin to Lokesh at short leg who spills it. SHould have taken that he was standing a little behind than a normal short leg position.10.16 IST: Pushpakumara off to an attacking start2nd Test. 63.6: R Jadeja to M Pushpakumara (11), 4 runs, 221/2 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201710.06 IST: Ravindra Jadeja will bowl from the other end. 10.03 IST: Lovely bowling from Shami! He has started off well here. Back of a length just outside off, Karunaratne tries to force it through the off side but gets beaten.10.01 IST: We are underway for this session. The players and the umpires are out in in the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne walks out with the nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara. Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings of the day with the ball. He has a a wide slip in place. Here we go.10.00 IST: Play is about to begin.Day 4 all set to begin #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 201709.47 IST: The Indians are ready to snatch the victory from the home side Areas! Day 4 #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017DAY 3 HIHGLIGHTS:Kusal Mendis hit a fighting century and shared 191 runs with opener Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka battled to escape innings defeat against India in the second cricket Test on Saturday.Sri Lanka was forced to follow on with a 439-run first innings deficit after India bowled them out for 183 in its first innings. However they ended the third day well on 209 for two but still needing 230 runs to make India bat again.Mendis was out for 110, his third Test hundred a few overs before close of play caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off seamer Hardik Pandya. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries.Karunaratne was unbeaten on 92 batting with night watchman Malinda Pushpakumara on two. Karunaratne faced 200 deliveries and hit 12 boundaries in his watchful innings.India declared its first innings on 622 for nine.India reaped early success when fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowled out opener Upul Tharanga (2) with a ball nipping back into the left-hander with the team on seven runs.However both Mendis and Karunaratne made Indian bowlers to toil specially Mendia scoring bulk of his runs with the sweep shot.Niroshan Dickwella who scored Sri Lanka’s only half-century in the first Test said his team came out with a different mindset in the second innings after a long meeting at lunch interval.He said they had plans to use more of the sweep and reverse sweep shots as scoring options.Ravichandran Ashwin, who bagged his 26th five-wicket haul in the first innings, went wicketless having bowled 24 overs.Ashwin said that Indian bowlers were not faulty in the second innings but credited Sri Lanka’s batsmen for good batting.”We beat the bat pretty often even in the sessions we didn’t get the wickets. I thought they batted really well.””I don’t think we did too much wrong, we tried all, reverse swing, we bowled cutters. It (the pitch) is slowing down at a very very quick pace, the edges are not carrying. That means we have to stick our guns out and get a few wickets.”The hosts resumed the third day on 50 for two in their first innings but lost their remaining eight wickets for 133.Ashwin finished with five for 69 while fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Shami took two wickets each.Jadeja broke through first in the day having Dinesh Chandimal (10) caught by Pandya. Chandimal’s overnight partner Mendis attempted to force Yadav over the infield only to be caught by Indian skipper Virat Kohli.Ashwin forced Angelo Mathews (26) for a close-in catch to Chetenshwar Pujara and Jadeja bowled out Dhananjaya de Silva.Dickwella played an aggressive innings in a bid to break free from pressure. But Shami bowled him out for a 48-ball 51.A win here will seal the three-match series for India after their 304-run win in the first Test.last_img read more