The Ravindra Jadeja show continued on day three of the India
Sri Lanka Test in Mohali as the all-rounder added nine wickets with the ball to
his outstanding 175* in the first innings to help the hosts complete a
commanding victory by an innings and 222 runs on Sunday. The visitors were
outclassed in all three departments throughout the Test, and the Men in Blue
managed to pick up 16 wickets on day three to skittle Sri Lanka for under 200
twice to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Despite their clumsy batting throughout the day, Sri Lanka
began positively in the morning session with Charith Asalanka and Pathum
Nissanka showing some application at the crease. Although both batters
benefitted from some luck and poor fielding, the pair shared a 58-run stand,
with Nissanka posting a promising half-century. However, after knocking on the
door, India finally produced the breakthrough thanks to a moment of magic from
Jasprit Bumrah, who deceived Asalanka with an off-cutter that gripped off the
surface and hit the pad.
Asalanka’s dismissal opened the floodgates for India as the
rest of the Sri Lankan lineup fell like a pack of cards, with the final four
batters falling for a duck. Ravindra Jadeja was the chief architect of this Sri
Lankan collapse, picking up four of the last five wickets to complete his tenth
Test five-wicket haul.
Despite spending 65 overs in the field, Rohit Sharma decided
against taking the conventional route and opted to enforce the follow on thanks
to a 400-run first-innings lead. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, their second
innings started just like the first ended, with Lahiru Thiramane fending
Ravichandran Ashwin to slip for nought before Pathum Nissanka edged behind to
the off-spinner in the seventh over. Mohammad Shami also managed to prise out
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne with a peach that slightly shaped away
and caught the edge, but following his dismissal, the visitors showed some
signs of a fightback with Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva sharing a
However, India didn’t have to wait too long to break the
49-run stand as de Silva chipped one to Shreyas Iyer at short cover before
Ravichandran Ashwin removed Charith Asalanka to passed Kapil Dev’s tally of 434
Test scalps, thereby becoming India’s second-highest wicket-taker of all time.
From then on, it was just a matter of time before India
sealed the victory as Jadeja removed Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith
Embuldeniya to take his tally for the game to nine. With two wickets remaining,
Jadeja had the chance to become the first cricketer to score a 150 and pick up
ten wickets in the same Test, but the all-rounder couldn’t find the elusive
tenth dismissal as Shami and Ashwin wrapped up the Sri Lankan tail to seal a
comprehensive innings victory for the Men in Blue.