Sri Lanka Vs India 2017: It’s Always A Challenge To Bowl When The Batsman Is Playing Sweep Regularly – MOM, Ravindra Jadeja
A total of four centuries and five half centuries were scored in the second Test in Colombo. Out of five, two 50’s came out of the bat of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin- who also took a fifer in the game.The efforts from these two players were really special and in all probability, only these two were in the race for the Man of the Match award despite Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne standing tall in the second innings of Sri Lanka. Had they won or drawn the game, they would have been considered but that wasn’t the case, even by a small margin.
Ravindra Jadeja emerged out as the Man of the Match awardee for his effort with both bat and ball. In the first innings of the game, the all-rounder stood tall and played superlative innings of 70*, which aided the visitors to go beyond a score of 600, which was enough to put the home side under immense pressure.
When handed the ball, the left-handed spinner took a total of seven wickets in the game, which included a fifer in the second innings. Though Ashwin also took a fifer in Lanka’s first innings, the batsmen were batting on a different pitch when asked to bat again. They were not gifting their wickets anymore and a bowler had to earn those.
It also left them frustrated at some time but its a part and parcel of the game. Skipper Virat Kohli too mentioned that he expects a team to come like at this international and in all, it was also a learning experience for both Jadeja and Ashwin.
They committed some mistakes and Lankan batsmen taught them a lesson, which will do good to them in the upcoming matches.
In the end, it was a great performance from Indian team and the pair of Jadeja and Ashwin which in the end helped the India team to clinch the series by a margin of 2-0, with one game left in the series.
As mentioned, Ravindra Jadeja was awarded the Man of the Match award. Here is what he said after the game –
“In the first innings, the ball wasn’t turning when we were batting. But then it started turning from the middle part of the wicket. Mendis played very well, played some brilliant shots. As a team, I think we also played good cricket. If the batsman is playing sweep regularly, it’s always a challenge. We have to change the line and lengths.”
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