India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 4: Jadeja strikes twice as India close in on 2-0 series win

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Ravindra Jadeja removed Dimuth Karunaratne and Suranga Lakmal in the final over of the day

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India are seven wickets away from victory after Sri Lanka lost three quick wickets, two of which were supplied by Ravindra Jadeja in the last over of the day.

Starting off the day on 356/9, Sri Lanka added 17 runs before captain Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed by Ishant Sharma for 164, which came off 361 balls and included 21 boundaries and a six.

Sri Lanka ended up being bowled out for 373, which gave India a 163-run lead.

Ishant and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets apiece, while Jadeja and Mohammed Shami chipped in with two wickets apiece.

With a 163-run lead in hand, India lost opener Murali Vijay early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal for nine runs.

Ajinkya Rahane fared no better as he was removed by Dilruwan Perera for 10 runs.

Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara stabilised the innings with a 77-run partnership before Pujara was dismissed by Dhananjaya de Silva for 49.

Dhawan went on to score 67 off 91 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was stumped by Niroshan Dickwella off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan.

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Shikhar Dhawan raises his bat after scoring his fifth Test fifty

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India captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steadied things once again as they put together a 90-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his fifty.

However, he was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after as he was sent packing by Lahiru Gamage for 50 off 58 balls, which included three boundaries.

Rohit proceeded to make an unbeaten 50, which came off 49 deliveries and included five boundaries, before Kohli declared with his side on 246/5, which set Sri Lanka a target of 410 to win.

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Rohit Sharma (left) and Virat Kohli both made fifties

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Lakmal, Gamage, Dilruwan, De Silva and Sandakan claimed one wicket each.

Chasing 410 to win, Sri Lanka lost opener Sadeera Samarawickrama in the sixth over as he was taken out by Shami for five runs.

Heading into the final over the day, Jadeja put India firmly in the driver’s seat as he took out Dimuth Karunaratne and Lakmal, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, in the space of four balls.

Angelo Mathews saw off the last two balls and stumps was subsequently called.

Jadeja was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Shami took one.

Sri Lanka ended day four on 31/3 and will continue batting on Wednesday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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