India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised Kusal Mendis for his hundred in Sri Lanka's second innings on the third day of the second Test at Colombo on Saturday.
Mendis made 110 from 135 balls and featured in a 191-run stand with opener Dimuth Karunaratne. "I think it was, it had a venom in the morning first session as the ball got old and we bowled the second time around it's kind of fizzling out and edges out, carries to the fielder. I thought Mendis batted beautifully, he put Jaddu off his line very quickly, kept on sweeping him and he was lucky he got away with it but credit to him he batted beautifully," Ashwin told reporters.
Ashwin also added that India gave away too many runs in Sri Lanka’s second innings. "I just think Test teams are allowed to bat well in few sessions but they did bat well as I told you we beat the bat pretty often. I thought they batted really well.
"Karunaratne really complemented Mendis. He defended beautifully and Mendis played few extra. It came off well credit to them, they batted really really well and I don't think we did too much wrong, we tried reverse swing, we bowled cutter in the end, Pandya got a wicket to the cutters and we did beat the bat," Ashwin added.
Sri Lanka began the day trailing by 230 runs. On Day 4, Ashwin said, "The wicket will get slower and slower it's not going to be an easy work for us tomorrow for sure, we will have to be disciplined we gave a few more runs than we should have ideally given today, probably tomorrow we can squeeze them up we can try and get few wickets early, but it's not going to be easy. It's slowing down.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent