India Vs Sri Lanka: India continues dominance over hosts, enforce follow-on after Ashwin’s magic spell

Continuing their dominance over the host team, India have today enforced a follow-on to Sri Lanka before lunch on the third day of the second test. With a consistent performance by the middle-order batsmen, Team India set a decent score of 622d for 9 wickets in 158 overs in the first innings of the match. And with another spectacular spell by ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, India dismissed Sri Lanka for 183, in the first innings and enforced the follow-on on the hosts.

While Ashwin picked up his 26th five-wicket haul, team Sri Lanka, failing to resist the Indian spin attack and were bowled out in 49.4 overs. With the collapse of the Sri Lankan batting order, the team conceded their highest-ever lead in Test cricket, much more the 419 runs lead against Pakistan in 2000. Apart from Ashwin’s (5-69) heroics, Umesh Yadav (1-12) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-84) also displayed spectacular form.

Chasing a huge first innings score, Sri Lanka received early blows to put the team in back foot on the Day 3 of the match. With the dismissal of Dinesh Chandimal (10) and Kusal Mendis (24) in the fifth and sixth over of the day, Sri Lanka was much shattered when Angelo Mathews (26) and Niroshan Dickwella (51) decided to attack Indian bowlers, especially the spinners. Hitting seven fours and three sixes against Jadeja and Ashwin, the duo put on 53 runs for the fifth wicket taking the team score past 100 in the 33rd over. However, the attacking ploy didn’t last long, as Cheteshwar Pujara took an excellent catch to dismiss Angelo Mathews at leg slip off Ashwin.

Clinching a dominant victory in the first test match of Indian’s tour to Sri Lanka, the men in blues are back in an attacking form in the second test too. With India’s two key batsmen, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteswhwar Pujara smashing centuries in the opening day of the second test, team India evidently makes their position strong at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground of Sri Lanka. With a convincing fourth wicket partnership of 211 runs, Pujara (128*) and Rahane (103*) finished the first day in a positive note for India, taking the scores to 344 for three in 90 overs at stumps.

By Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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