Ashwin strikes twice as India made Sri Lanka suffer

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates during the first Test match against Sri Lanka national cricket team at Galle International Cricket Stadium last week

The dependable batsman has 12 centuries to his name besides amassing 15 half centuries.

# Ravichandran Ashwin (5/69) has registered his 26th instance of five wickets or more in an innings in Tests, surpassing the 25 instances by Harbhajan Singh. The duo brought up a 50-run partnership in just 46 balls but their risk-fraught approach meant a wicket wasn't too far away. During his innings on Thursday against Sri Lanka, Pujara also became the leading run-getter in Tests this year, going past South African opener Dean Elgar's tally of 762 runs. That was the first series India played after the retirement of Rahul Dravid.

Ravinra Jadeja (70 not out) Wriddhiman Saha (67), Lokesh Rahul (57) and Ashwin (54) all contributed half-centuries.

Statistical highlights at the end of third day's play in the second Test between India and Sri Lanka, here on Saturday.

Kohli didn't last long as he chased after a wide delivery off Herath in the 39th over, only for Angelo Mathews to take a sharp catch at slip. India crosses the 400 mark by the drinks in the first session, as Rahane and Ashwin stood tall maintaining a steady pace of runs. As soon as the hosts came to bat, Upul Tharanga found himself being dismissed in an unlucky manner by Ravi Ashwin.

Ashwin defended the team's decision to enforce a follow- on, saying, "Most often than not we have based it (follow-on decision) on how fresh or how exhausted the bowlers are". Only one Indian bowler has produced more five-wicket hauls - 35 by Anil Kumble.

Sri Lanka went out for the morning session without Pradeep, who is expected to bat, but were buoyed by the early dismissal of the prolific Pujara, Dimuth Karunaratne taking his first Test victim after a successful review for leg before in the second over of the day. Sri Lanka tried to trap him by having two close fielders for the uppish drive, but Ashwin threaded the gap with precision.

Sri Lanka cricket team has been letting down their fans with some spineless performances in the recent past. The list is followed by the West Indian pair of Every Weekes and Viv Richards, who took 71 innings respectively.

The Sri Lankan had already lost the first game and lagging behind by 1-0 in the series. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries. As the ball got older and we bowled the second time around, it was kind of fizzling out and the edges weren't carrying that much to the fielders.