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Cricket: India beat Sri Lanka by innings and 239 runs, go 1-0 up

The tourists lost seven wickets in an extended morning session to be reeling on 145-8 at lunch. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 27, 2017, 06.59 AM (IST)

 

India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second test in Nagpur after the touring side were bundled out for 166 shortly after lunch on the fourth day.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 4-63 in the second innings, overtaking former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee as the fastest to 300 test wickets in the process.

Lillee took 56 matches to reach 300 wickets while the 31-year-old Ashwin achieved the feat in his 54th.

The victory on Monday puts India 1-0 up in the three-match series after the rain-hit opening test in Kolkata ended in a draw. The third and final test will be played at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla from Saturday.

Earlier in the day the Indian bowlers scythed through Sri Lanka's top and middle order on the fourth morning to put the hosts two wickets away from an innings victory just before lunch.  

The tourists lost seven wickets in an extended morning session to be reeling on 145-8 at lunch. 

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India defeated the islanders by a 9-0 margin across formats earlier this year and after the draw in the rain-affected opening test in Kolkata, things were back to normal for the world's top-ranked test side.

After resuming on 21-1, Sri Lanka kept India's bowlers at bay for six overs before Dimuth Karunaratne was out on 18 to a freakish dismissal off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

The left-handed batsman flicked Jadeja to Murali Vijay at short leg who somehow managed to cling to the ball after it hit his body.

Lahiru Thirimanne then played an irresponsible shot to a wide delivery from paceman Umesh Yadav to be caught at point for 23 in a further blow to Sri Lanka's chances of resisting India.

Angelo Mathews also did not last long, handing Jadeja his second wicket while wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickewell was out to paceman Ishant Sharma.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin then got in on the act, dismissing Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka and Rangana Herath cheaply to reach 299 wickets in tests, one shy of overtaking former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee as the fastest to 300 wickets in the longest format.

 

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