India beats Sri Lanka to wins series

Posted August 08, 2017

After being bundled out cheaply in the first innings, Sri Lanka found their batsmen rising up to the occasion with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis smacking impressive centuries. "That's where we think they're very precious, specially in the longer format because they provide you with great balance", Kohli told reporters.

"Today we said even if we don't get wickets early on, we are going to enjoy these tough times as well, because they really improve you as a side", the Delhi batsman said.

Jadeja was found guilty of risky play after he threw ball at opener Dimuth Karunaratne off his own bowling when the batsman was inside the crease.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said the he wasn't surprised at Sri Lanka's fightback but was focused on remaining disciplined.

Sri Lanka had resumed the fourth day on 209-2 with Karunaratne continuing his grim battle with the Indian bowlers.

Karunaratne kept up the fight during his 69-run fifth-wicket stand with former captain Angelo Mathews, who made a gritty 36 from 66 balls before being caught behind off Jadeja.

The lower-middle order could not capitalize on the momentum as Sri Lanka lost its last five wickets for 76 runs.

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Karunaratne's defiant knock, which included 16 boundaries, came to a cruel end when he was presented with an unplayable delivery that reared up, hit his gloves and ballooned into the air for Ajinkya Rahane to catch behind the wicket-keeper. "Credit goes to them; they batted brilliantly in the first innings and put us under huge pressure". However the host nation had a better start in the second innings after they were forced to play the follow-on.

Jadeja, who smashed 70 not out and claimed seven wickets from the Test, was adjudged man-of-the-match.

The Indian bowlers completed the task in 116.5 overs to wrap up the game in the second session for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The final Test will begin in Pallekele on August 12.

The source said that itinerary for the series with Sri Lanka would be announced this week.

MATCH REFEREE: R.B. Richardson (West Indies). Once he scores runs, then he gets confidence with the ball also.