Team India clinched the 3-match Test series against Sri Lanka today by winning the second game at Colombo by an innings and 53 runs. This was India’s first innings win in Sri Lanka. The hosts had resumed play this morning at the overnight score of 209 for 2. They provided some resistance till lunch, with Dimuth Karunaratne scoring a ton. Karunaratne made 141 before Ravindra Jadeja wreaked havoc. Jadeja bagged 5 wickets, taking his overall tally in the game to 11. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya took 2 wickets each as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 386, with a day still to play.
Colombo saw some brilliant individual performances and this dominant Indian side – who have now notched their eighth straight series win – proved a class above.The third and final test begins on Saturday in Kandy,
Yesterday, India after posting a mammoth 622 for 9 declared, had enforced a follow-on on Sri Lanka.
Team India had won the first Test at Galle by 304 runs. The third and final Test will be played at Pallekele from the 12th of this month. The Test series will be followed by 5 One day International matches and one Twenty-20 game.
Colombo, Ravindra Jadeja won’t play in the last Test. Ravindra Jadeja faces suspension, after he was found guilty breaching article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel.
Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the upcoming Pallekele Test after 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 per cent fine and three demerit points.
According to a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC), during the third day’s play in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday, Jadeja was found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match”.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.
As Jadeja had received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points during the Indore Test against New Zealand in October 2016 for violating 2.2.11 of the Code, with the addition of Saturday’s three demerit points, he has reached the threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have now been converted into two suspension points*.
Following this suspension, the six demerit points will remain on Jadeja’s disciplinary record. If Jadeja reaches the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, then they will be converted into four suspension points**.
The third Test will be played in Pallekele from 12-16 August.