India captain Kohli praises winning habit after Sri Lanka win

India captain Kohli praises winning habit after Sri Lanka win”

The toothless batting performance by the Sri Lankans seemed to signal another big victory for the Indians as they put the island team to follow on. The left-hander ended the day unbeaten on 92 as his partner perished just after getting to his third Test century (110). And the wheels came off. Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella entertained, but that wasn't going to give Sri Lanka the miraculous escape they were hoping for.

Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Pandya and Ashwin snapped up two wickets apiece.

Earlier Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane scored centuries and four other batsmen scored half-centuries to help India to a massive score.

Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged the Man of the Match award for his five-wicket heroics in the second innings. As such, Jadeja will miss the third test that will take place from Aug 12-16. He, however, got the final wicket of the Sri Lankan second innings to end the match.

Jadeja accounted for home captain Dinesh Chandimal (2) but Angelo Mathews (36) stuck around for a while but Jadeja had the former Sri Lanka skipper caught behind. It was Ajinkya Rahane in the slip who caught the catch.

Another heavy defeat for the hosts loomed - having been beaten by 304 runs in Galle last week - but they made amends after being asked to bat again and, led by the counter-attacking Mendis, closed on 209 for two at stumps on day three.

Mendis also survived a caught behind appeal off Jadeja via DRS as the ball touched the thigh pad and was never even close to the edge. India on the brink of another win here.

India's in-form spinner Ravindra Jadeja made things easier for the visitors after scalping Karunaratne and Chandimal's crucial wickets, putting the opposition in deep trouble.

Bred on trademark subcontinent conditions, Pujara and Jadeja have relished playing for Virat Kohli's team as India have played most of their cricket in the last two seasons in their backyard. Sri Lanka were 150-6, and the keeper-batsman needed to take their innings as deep as possible.

Dimuth Karunaratne has become the latest player to advocate for a stronger first-class competition in Sri Lanka, suggesting that India's comparatively sturdy domestic infrastructure has seen them thrive in Test cricket. In the morning session, the hosts had lost eight wickets for just 133 runs to fall 439 behind.

Was it all that long ago that this Sri Lankan team whitewashed a powerful Australia 3-0?

For India, Ravichandran Ashwin hit a half-century and returned to dismiss both the openers to cap a particularly satisfying day.

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