Ashwin strikes twice as India made Sri Lanka suffer

India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2017 2nd Test Ajinkya Rahane slams his ninth Test ton second in Lanka

Sri Lanka managed to avoid any more setbacks before the close, but India's lead of 572 runs leaves them well placed to wrap up the three-match series with a Test to spare. "I don't think we did too much wrong", India's ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took five wickets in Sri Lanka's first innings, told reporters.

Jadeja, the world No 1 spinner in ICC Test rankings, claimed five second-innings wickets as India bowled out the hosts for 386. This is India's eighth consecutive series win, and the first time they win by an innings in a Test on Sri Lankan soil! The ball was turning but it was slow turn, the Sri Lankan batsmen were getting beaten but there were no edges, the Indian fast bowlers tried all the tricks but Mendis and Karunaratne stood their ground.

Sri Lanka is still 230 runs behind India in the second innings. This after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja gets the wicket of dangerman Dimuth Karunaratne, and once again, Team India get the breakthrough. Earlier, the Indians rode on half-centuries from Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha and Ashwin to post a big total. "We really feel good as a team that we're able to win consistently right now, but we realise that it's very important to keep carrying on the same way as well", he added. Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 70 while Umesh Yadav on 8. Karunaratne and former captain Angelo Mathews resisted India for a while during a 69-run stand but Jadeja returned to wreck Sri Lanka after the lunch break.

Jadeja hit Herath for another six prior to Kohli ending the innings with 20 overs for Sri Lanka to face in a testing passage of play stumps were drawn. "I mean we were actually watching in awe yesterday, the sweeping was outstanding and we congratulated both the batters because it was proper Test cricket batting and high-quality temperament from both [Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis] and as well".

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Ravichandran Ashwin finally separated the batsmen when nightwatchman Pushpakumara went for a freakish reverse slog, only to have his stump pegged back. Ashwin explained that the slowness of the wicket made things hard as the day progressed.

In reply to India's massive declared score of 622-9, Sri Lanka had an unexpected start, losing opener Upul Tharanga for a duck off Ashwin's delivery.

The Saurashtra right-hander who had by now added 217 runs with Rahane, was hit on his thighs by a back of a length delivery from Karunaratne, resulting in loud appeals from the hosts.

The visitors took the second new ball as soon as it became available, but Karunaratne and Mathews played watchful cricket given the vitality of this passage of play.

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