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Herath ruled out of third Test due to back injury

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Carlton Santiago | 09 August, 2017, 01:41

However, Jayant can't be ruled out as he was the part of the Test squad when India played Australia earlier this year.

So, with nothing but pride left to play for in Pallekelle, Sri Lanka Cricket have opted to leave out the experienced spinner to preserve him for future series.

Kusal Mendis had raised 191 runs with Dimuth Karunaratne for the second wicket, rekindling Sri Lanka's faint hopes of a fightback, when he deflected the ball onto his thigh pad and a diving Saha took a stunning catch to dismiss the centurion.

Both players made centuries, and this ensured that India would get a good first innings score.

"Sri Lanka are now facing what is perceived to be a "slump" in their performance and ranking, as it invests in rectifying a series of administrative and strategic missteps over the past several years", said an SLC statement.

Jadeja was awarded the man-of-the-match for picking up seven wickets and scoring seventy runs.

This happened soon after skipper Virat Kohli has praised Jadeja for his tireless efforts in marching the team forward.

Key bowler Rangana Herath has joined Sri Lanka's growing injury list for the third and final Test against India starting Thursday, in a blow to their hopes of a consolation win. The Sri Lankan lower order fell quickly, and India had another easy victory in their hands. His versatile effort won him the player of the match award.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, after cricket's governing body suspended Jadeja from the third and final Test later this week for risky play during his match-winning performance in Colombo.

"You expect teams playing test cricket to come out and play like that".

Indian captain Virat Kohli said the he wasn't surprised at Sri Lanka's fightback but was focused on remaining disciplined.

"As a unit we fought back well and I am really happy how the boys played in the second innings". With the bat, Rahane and Pujara were the stand out players.

India will also be handicapped by the one-match ban slapped on Jadeja by the International Cricket Council for risky play.


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