IND vs SL: Ravindra Jadeja slams his second Test century
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has slammed his second century in Test cricket. He reached the three-figure mark on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Jadeja came in the middle on the opening day when India were reduced to 228/5. The Indian all-rounder shared a century stand with R Ashwin. Here are the key stats.
Jadeja scored his first Test ton in 2018. He slammed an unbeaten hundred in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies. Jadeja scored 100* (132) with the help of five fours and as many sixes. India won the Rajkot Test by an innings and 272 runs. Jadeja has put India in a commanding state in the ongoing Mohali Test too.
India resumed from their overnight score of 357/6 on Day 2. Ashwin and Jadeja negotiated the Lankan bowlers in the first session. They put India in the driving seat, extending their partnership. Jadeja registered his second Test ton, while Ashwin completed his half-century. The former is batting on 102* off 166 deliveries (10 fours). India would eye the 500-run mark in the second session.
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Suranga Lakmal gave Sri Lanka their only breakthrough in the first session. He dismissed Ashwin soon after the latter reached his half-century. Ashwin was caught behind the stumps. The Indian all-rounder finished on 61 off 82 balls (8 fours). It was Ashwin's 12th half-century in Test cricket. He came on the crease in the final session on Day 1.
India finished on 468/7 at the stroke of lunch on Day 2. They have scored more than 400 runs in the first innings of a Test for the first time in 22 matches. The last such instance came against Bangladesh in Indore in 2019 (493/6d).