Mohali Test: SL bowled out for 174; India enforce follow-on
Sri Lanka have been bowled out for a paltry 174 in the first innings of the ongoing first Test against India at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja shone with the ball after smashing a record-breaking 175*. He took his 10th Test five-wicket haul in the first session on Day 3. India, who gained a massive lead, have enforced the follow-on.
R Ashwin gave India the first breakthrough by removing Lahiru Thirimanne on Day 2. Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah were also among wickets. Sri Lanka resumed from their overnight score of 108/4 on Day 3. Jadeja ran through SL's middle order in no time. He took the final wicket, claiming a historic five-for. For SL, top-order batter Pathum Nissanka remained unbeaten (61*).
Jadeja has become the sixth player to register a 150+ score and take a five-wicket haul in a Test. Others are Vinoo Mankad 184 and 5/196 vs England (1952), Denis Atkinson 219 and 5/56 vs Australia (1955), Polly Umrigar 172* and 5/107 vs WI (1962), Gary Sobers 174 and 5/41 vs England (1966), Mushtaq Mohammad 201 and 5/49 vs NZ (1973).
Jadeja recorded his 10th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Interestingly, it was his first Test five-for since taking 5/152 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August 2017. Jadeja recorded three such hauls in that year.
Sri Lanka batted for four overs before the lunch break on Day 3. R Ashwin gave India an important breakthrough in the form of Thirimanne. The visitors finished on 10/1 (f/o) at the stroke of lunch. They still trail by 390 runs in the first Test. India are likely to win the match today. It remains to be seen if Jadeja unlocks more milestones.