World No. 2 Test all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, failed to capitalize on the platform set by the top order batsmen in India’s first innings of the first test against Sri Lanka at Galle. In what were highly batsmen-friendly conditions, it was the most desired situation for someone like Jadeja to start the series on a high note.
Jadeja came in to bat after the dismissal of Ravichandran Ashwin in the second last over before lunch on Day 2. With Hardik Pandya on the other end, he missed an opportunity to be amongst the runs. Jadeja scored his first boundary off Rangana Herath and the next one off Nuwan Pradeep on the first ball after lunch.
In an innings where Pradeep went on to register his career-best first-class figures (31-2-132-6), the way he dismissed Jadeja was laudable and well-planned. Pradeep started the 122nd and his 28th over with a soaring bouncer to Jadeja, to which the all-rounder had no answer.
With Pradeep bowling round the wicket, Jadeja had probably anticipated another bouncer coming this way. This is where the 30-year old Sri Lankan seamer won the battle. Whatever was in his mind was on the field as well. Resultant of which, Jadeja had to take the long walk back to the pavilion. Pradeep followed his soaring bouncer with a nail-biting Yorker. Jadeja fell to prey to the plan and lost his middle stump.
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