India vs Sri Lanka Test match was supposed to be remembered for Virat Kohli and
Rohit Sharma’s milestones – the former making his 100th appearance
and the latter his first as captain in the format. But Ravindra Jadeja stole
the show like only he can.
all-rounder became the first player in nearly 50 years to score over 150 runs and
pick up five wickets in a Test match, as his virtuoso performance led India to victory
by an innings and 222 runs at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on the third day on Sunday.
leading India to an imposing 574-run total with an unbeaten 175 from 228
deliveries, Jadeja finished with nine wickets in the match, following up his first-inning
fifer with four in the second.
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players had achieved the feat before, the first of whom was Indian all-rounder Vinoo
Mankad – who scored 184 and picked five wickets against England in 1952. West Indies’
Denis Atkinson (1955), India’s Polly Umrigar (1962), West Indies’ Gary Sobers
(1966) and Pakistan’s Mushtaq Mohammed (1973) are the others to have scored over
150 and pick up five wickets in a Test match.
long-time spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin also racked up a personal milestone,
going past Kapil Dev to become India’s second highest-wicket taker in Test
cricket. The ‘carrom ball’ pioneer dismissed Charith Asalanka for his third
wicket of the innings and the 435th of his career, taking him past
the World Cup-winning captain.
wicket came in his 85th Test, while Kapil Dev got 434 in 131 appearances.
The Chennai spinner finished with four wickers in the innings, adding to the
two he got in the first.
showing from Sri Lanka saw the visitors lose a total of 16 wickets in the day –
the join-most the side has lost in a single day’s play – to surrender the
108 for the loss of four wickets in the first innings, the Indian bowling
attack, led by Jadeja ripped through the visiting batters as the visitors were
dismissed for just 174, one short of the all-rounder’s total.
Nissanka was the only bright light for Sri Lanka in the first innings, scoring
an unbeaten 61 but could manage only six in the second innings after the follow
on. Niroshan Dickewalle (51*) was Sri Lanka’s only half-centurion in the second
the two-match series 1-0, and will like to gain full 24 points from the rubber
by winning the Pink Ball Test in Bengaluru, starting March 12.