Chandimal still positive after series loss

Chandimal still positive after series loss

Chandimal still positive after series loss

Karunaratne made 141 for his sixth Test century.

The visitors posted a enormous first-innings score of 622/9 declared, courtesy centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132).

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates his century in the Second Test Match between Sri Lanka and India, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 6, 2017. This is also Virat Kohli's eighth straight Test series win. Ravindra Jadeja was declared player of the match for his five-wicket haul in the second innings. Jadeja's fastish left-arm spin got him five wickets in his 39 overs.

With all this happening, Jadeja has done some pretty good work in the just-completed match and he faced the wrath of ICC soon after being praised by skipper Virat Kohli.

The wicket-keeper had a solid time behind the stumps as well as scoring a solid 67 in India's innings to round-off a fine performance.

Jadeja dusmissed Mathews in his next over. India on the brink of another win here.

Earlier in the game, India continued their dominance over the host on the first two days of the second Test after registering a historic win at Galle.

Having gone 22 years without winning a Test series in the island nation, India now have won two back to back rubbers following their 2-1 triumph on their last visit here under the same captain.

Sri Lanka will now go into the last Test looking to save face and put on a fight. But as I said they got a great partnership but the guys coming in will have to start from scratch.

The left-hander had a Test to forget after being dismissed for a duck in the first innings before falling for just two runs in the second. Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara was batting on two with Sri Lanka still trailing by 230 runs. Much-needed breakthrough for India. On Saturday, Kusal Mendis (110) had showed grit and determination to dig the hosts out of a massive hole on Day 3.

India moved into an unassailable lead after beating Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs on Sunday, Jadeja taking 5-152 in the second innings.

All-rounder Ashwin did further damage by getting rid of openers Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne to reduce Sri Lanka to 50-2 at the close, trailing by a mammoth 572 runs. However, the pressure will be on Karunaratne to build on from his hard-fought unbeaten 92.

Despite being in a position where they needed to play patiently and defend as if their lives depended on it, several Sri Lankan batsmen opted to go for the attacking shots, which proved to be their undoing on quite a few instances. Also, the fact, that there is still some time for the new ball to be introduced will be a boost for the hosts.

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