Karunaratne ton fuels Sri Lanka's fight against India

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He finished with 5-69 while fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Shami took two wickets each.

However, after Sri Lanka were all out for 183 in the first innings in reply to India's 622, it was always going to be a catch-up game for the hosts.

The third and final test begins in Pallekele next Saturday.

In his attempt to accelerate the scoring rate after India crossed the psychologically important 400-run mark, Rahane perished to debutant left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, smartly stumped by Niroshan Dickwella after facing 222 balls and sending the ball 14 times to the fence.

He had already received three demerit points during the Indore Test against New Zealand in October 2016 for violating 2.2.11 of the code of conduct.

"If we believe enough in our abilities then we are not really bothered about where we are playing. We want to win anywhere that we play", said Kohli. Jadeja can give you a very quick 60-70, which can turn the game. I don't think we did too much wrong.

A day of fluctuating fortunes saw Sri Lanka fight back from a position where every cricket pundit wrote them off - Ashwin's spin bowling saw the hosts bundle out for 183 in the first session resuming at an overnight score of 50/2.

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However Kohli kept rotating his bowlers at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground to keep the batsmen on their toes, and the strategy paid off.

India's star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been handed a one-match suspension for breaching ICC Code of Conduct in the Colombo Test which India won by an innings and 53 runs to capture the series.

"If you play Test cricket at global level, you are going to face tough, you can't expect to win every session". This can happen for two sessions because of momentum, but when the day ended yesterday [with only two wickets taken in 60 overs], we spoke about coming out fresh, [and that] they have to do this again for two sessions.

"He is a very special bowler. Credit to him for sticking to his plans", Chandimal said.

Jadeja and Ashwin, who had shared seven wickets between them in the first innings, continued hitting the right lengths and lines.

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

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored hundreds on Day of the second Test and built a brilliant unbeaten partnership to move the scoreboard after losing the wickets of skipper Virat Kohli. Pradeep top-edges the fifth ball of the 117th over towards mid-on, where Dhawan holds on to an easy chance as the hosts fail to bat the remainder of the session out! I thought they batted really well.

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