Colombo, Aug 5 - India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin applauded Kusal Mendis for his spirited century in Sri Lanka's second innings on the third day of the second Test here on Saturday.
Mendis played a masterful knock to score 110 runs off 135 balls. His innings was laced with 17 boundaries. He also produced a 191-run stand with opener Dimuth Karunaratne (92 batting) after Upul Tharanga was dismissed in the early stages of the hosts' second innings.
"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(Jadeja) 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 repoters.
The 30-year-old confessed India gave away plenty of runs in the second innings which they should have ideally stopped.
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