India’s Jadeja frustrates Sri Lanka spinners
COLOMBO: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 70 as India declared their first innings on 622-9 on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.
The left-hander smashed three sixes and four fours in an 85-ball stay to frustrate the Sri Lankan spinners, who had hurt the visitors’ middle-order with regular strikes.
Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed four wickets for Sri Lanka which suffered new injury worries after paceman Nuwan Pradeep left the field on day one with a pulled hamstring.
Six Indian batsmen scored 50 or more – including centuries to Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane – as the tourists go in search of a series-clinching win.
The 217-run fourth-wicket partnership between Pujara and Rahane remained the highlight of the innings at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground.
Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha made a patient 67 and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin scored 54 before becoming Herath victims.
Debutant left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara picked up two wickets. They included overnight centurion Rahane for 132 – his maiden Test scalp – in the morning session.
Part-time bowler Dimuth Karunaratne claimed Pujara, who added just five runs to his overnight 128.
India, who lead the threematch series 1-0, need a win to clinch the series. The hosts need at least a draw to keep their hopes alive. AFP