In­dia’s Jadeja frus­trates Sri Lanka spin­ners

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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