Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jadeja's five-for gives India the series victory

Jadeja's five-for gives India the series victory

Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) put India in a strong position at 344-3 at stumps on day one and the tourists piled on the runs before Virat Kohli declared on 622-9 on Friday.

Jadeja claimed the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne for 141 to end Sri Lanka's resistance as they followed on and were dismissed for 386.

A win here will seal the three-match series for India after their 304-run win in the first test.

The hosts, who resumed the day on 209-2, lost two wickets in the morning session, including skipper Dinesh Chandimal for two.

Saha showed his liking for spin, sweeping and using his feet expertly, while the unsafe Jadeja struck Herath for two sixes in as many balls as India amassed another huge total.

Karunaratne kept up the fight during his 69-run fifth-wicket stand with former captain Angelo Mathews, who made a gritty 36 before being caught behind off Jadeja.

As such, Jadeja will miss the third test that will take place from August 12-16.

India's joy after clinching the Test series against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Sunday was quickly subdued when the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that it had suspended left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for the third Test.

He was handed a further three demerit points in the second Test against Sri Lanka for an incident on Saturday when he fielded the ball off his own bowling and threw it back at batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who had not left his crease. The ball narrowly missed him in a manner which the on-field umpires determined as "dangerous", the ICC said.

The sport's governing body said that Jadeja had admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction and therefore, there was no need for a formal hearing.

To everyone's surprise, ICC has come up with certain norms that pleased the suspension of this all-rounder, according to the ICC rules, Ravindra Jadeja is suspended for the upcoming matches as his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 50% fine and three demerit points.

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