India's Jadeja suspended for final Sri Lanka Test

  • India's Jadeja suspended for final Sri Lanka Test

India's Jadeja suspended for final Sri Lanka Test

Subjected to the follow-on after their first innings debacle, Sri Lanka's second innings resurgence was built around the 191-run stand between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, who fell for 110 on Saturday. The hosts lost their opener Tharanga early but Karunaratne and Mendis stitched a partnership together taking the Lankans to 190/1 post-tea. Night-watchman Malinda Pushpakumara stood still at the batting crease.

For the second successive time in the three-match series, India won the toss, elected to bat and amassed 600 or more in their first innings before unleashing their bowlers on their hosts.

Earlier in the day, the Indian bowlers led by India's all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin tore through the Sri Lankan batting line-up.

Star spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the third and the last Test, moments after being awarded the man of the match for a heroic 5-wicket haul and a half century in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka.

The guile and skill of India's Ravindra Jadeja helped polish off Sri Lanka comfortably in the second test. He admitted throwing the ball at Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne "in a unsafe manner" after fielding it off his own bowling. Next-man, captain Chandimal hardly lasted, poking at Jadeja for Ajinkya Rahane to take a regulation catch at slip. Jadeja came back to castle de Silva for his 150th Test wicket, even though Dickwella led a small fightback with a gutsy half century.

The duo handled the Indian spinners with aplomb, using their feet to good effect as they combined the right dose of caution and aggression.

At the end of the third day's play, Sri Lanka still trailed the visitors by 230 runs. But I was happy with the way we played in the second innings. With neither of Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav, or Shami able to take a wicket, Virat Kohli introduced Hardik Pandya into the attack.

During the first innings, the Men in Blue posted a huge 622-9 on board thanks to centuries from Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and half-centuries from KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha. Then, injured Nuwan Pradeep (ruled out of action with an injured hamstring for atleast two weeks) came out to bat, but faced only six balls as Ashwin bowled him too to end Lanka's innings in the 50th over.

Rahane's dismissal brought a sigh of relief to the Sri Lankan camp, as wicketkeeper-batsman Saha and Ashwin safely guided India to 442/5 at the lunch break.

This is the 26th five-wicket haul for Ashwin in Test cricket, achieving the feat in his 51st appearance in the longest format of the game.

"It happens in cricket sometimes that you play a particular shot and suddenly it becomes a productive shot in that particular innings for you".