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Jadeja takes 5 as India clinch series by innings and 53 runs

Jadeja takes 5 as India clinch series by innings and 53 runs

India will look to capitalise on the breakthrough tomorrow as an innings victory still seems a likely possibility, while Sri Lanka would hope that the Mendis-Karunaratne stand would pump up their batters enough to erase the lead by India and put on a fighting total for India to chase. The hosts lost their opener Tharanga early but Karunaratne and Mendis stitched a partnership together taking the Lankans to 190/1 post-tea.

Malinda Pushpakumara was sent up the order at No.4 and he stayed at the crease along with Karunaratne till the end of day 3.

Resuming at yesterday's score of 50-2, Sri Lanka continued their poor show on the third day as well as they struggled hard against India's bowling attack.

The left-arm spinner, who went past 150 wickets in Test cricket in the match, completed figures of 5/152 in 39 overs as India beat the hosts by a huge margin of an innings and 53 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the third and final Test of India's series in Sri Lanka after picking up demerit points for a Code of Conduct breach in Colombo.

Sri Lanka were miserable with the bat in the first innings.

Niroshan Dickwella who scored Sri Lanka's only half-century in the first test said his team came out with a different mindset in the second innings after a long meeting at lunch interval.

Sri Lanka is still 230 runs behind India in the second innings.

A win in Colombo will seal the three-match series for India after their 304-run victory in the first Test in Galle. Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 70 as wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha made a patient 67 and Ashwin scored 54 before becoming Herath victims. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries.

The duo handled the Indian spinners with aplomb, using their feet to good effect as they combined the right dose of caution and aggression.

The visitors posted a big first-innings score of 622/9 declared, courtesy centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132). However, Mathews and Karunaratne stuck it out for the hosts to be 302/4 at lunch, trailing the visitors only by 139 runs. He was well supported by Ravichandran Ashwin (2-132), Hardik Pandya (2-31). "We are creating a habit of winning that I think can be carried on in future as well". Umesh Yadav also bagged a wicket.

The left-hander has raised 61 runs for the flourishing fifth wicket with former skipper Angelo Mathews, who was on 28 at the Sinhalese Sports Cricket Ground. Since then, he has gone on to become ICC's No I ranked Test bowler with 14 wickets against New Zealand, 26 versus England, six versus Bangaldesh, 25 versus Australia, and in this series he already has 13.