Dimuth Karunaratne’s ton in vain as India crush Sri Lanka to seal series 2-0
Dimuth Karunaratne’s 6th Test hundred went in vain as India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in Colombo Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in three-match series.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 06, 2017 15:40 IST
Dimuth Karunaratne made the most of the chance offered by KL Rahul when he was on 95 to complete the sixth century of his Test career but it all went in vain as India crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. (SL vs IND HIGHLIGHTS)
Starting the day sedately, Karunaratne reached the three figure mark with his 13th four, an on-drive off Mohammed Shami, his celebrations showed the relief and joy at reaching the mark after the hardwork of 265 minutes and 224 balls. Like in the second innings of the first Test at Galle, Karunaratne should have been out in the 90s but Rahul failed to take the catch at short-leg off Ravindra Jadeja. (MATCH SCORECARD)
He thus made up for the disappointment of missing on a hundred by three runs. One of the most experienced batsmen in the Sri Lanka ranks, Karunaratne’s wicket is crucial for Sri Lanka in their bid to save the second Test being played at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. Out of his six centuries, four are in the second innings.
The left-handed opener shared a 191-run stand for the second wicket with Kusal Mendis before the latter was out at the fag end of the third day’s play.
Kunaratane’s battle with R Ashwin has been one of the highlight of the series, in the second innings at Galle he handled him well but the Indian offie had the last laugh by dismissing him for 97.
Aswhin got Karunaratne in the first innings of the second Test as well. In the second innings, Karunaratne had worked out a mechanism to play him straighter and relying on the safe flick shots.
Overnight, 92 off 200 balls with 12 fours, he started cautiously, waiting for the third over of the day for his first run, a jab to backward point for a single.