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Ashwin, Jadeja lead India to Test victory

India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared eight wickets to lead the hosts to victory over Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs inside three days of the opening Test at Mohali on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma could not have hoped for a more emphatic start to his reign as India’s Test captain and his side will take a 1-0 lead to the second and final match in Bengaluru, which will be played under lights from Saturday.

A day after his unbeaten 175, Jadeja tied Sri Lanka’s batters in a knot in the first innings with his left-arm spin, picking up a five-wicket haul as the touring side were bundled out for 174.

Having secured a lead of 400, India enforced the follow-on and bowled out Sri Lanka for 178 in the final session.

Off-spinner Ashwin did the early damage this time by picking up the wickets of Lahiru Thirimanne and Pathum Nissanka, who top-scored in Sri Lanka’s first innings with an unbeaten 61.

The 35-year-old Ashwin also dismissed Charith Asalanka and Lahiru Kumara to take his tally to 436 Test wickets, climbing past former India allrounder Kapil Dev to second spot in the list of the country’s most successful bowlers in Tests.

Jadeja took the wickets of Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Embuldeniya to take his match haul to nine.

A number of Sri Lankan batters made starts but could not make it count, once again surrendering meekly to India, who have won 14 consecutive Test series at home.

Earlier, the 33-year-old Jadeja completed his 10th five-wicket haul in a test innings by scything through the Sri Lankan lower order and tail with laser-like precision.

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