COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets yesterday to propel India to their first Test series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years, defeating the hosts by 117 runs in the third Test.Chasing 386 to win, Sri Lanka slumped to 107 for five in their second innings, but captain Angelo Mathews scored a fighting 110 and shared 135 runs for the sixth wicket with Kusal Perera (70), giving Sri Lanka a chance to save the Test.However, Perera’s dismissal shortly before tea exposed the tail and the hosts lost their remaining wickets in five overs after the break.Fast bowler Ishant Sharma took the three important wickets of Upul Tharanga (0), Dinesh Chandimal (18) and Mathews in the second innings and collected eight wickets in the match.India hadn’t won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 under captain Mohammad Azharuddin.Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 63 runs and India won the second match by 278 runs.India captain Virat Kohli said that at no stage during the big partnership did he think that the match was slipping away.”In Test cricket on a fifth day even if you get a 100-run partnership you will have that one opportunity to get someone out and you have to make sure you grab that,” Kohli said. “It was a case of concentrating more in that situation.”Mathews said poor batting caused his team’s downfall.”On this wicket we had our chances to win. If not for the collapse in the top order, we could have won the game. Unfortunately we didn’t. We’ll try to rectify those mistakes in the future,” he said.India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, who carried his bat through the first innings for an unbeaten 145 in his comeback Test match, was named Man of the Match.Ashwin, who bagged 21 wickets in the three Tests, was adjudged player of the series.Sri Lanka lost their first three wickets for 21 runs on the fourth evening, leaving Mathews and Kaushal Silva to rebuild the innings.Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council charged India bowler Sharma and Sri Lanka’s Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal and Thirimanne with breaching the code of conduct for their angry confrontations on Monday.The players were involved in a series of arguments during India’s second innings after Prasad directed several bouncers at tail-end batsman Sharma.The details of the charges are expected to be announced later today.
A decision by Munich’s district court has been postponed until January 16 because Ribery’s former agent, Bruno Heiderscheid from Luxembourg, was unable to appear after his flight from Brussels was cancelled.Heiderscheid claims the pair made a verbal agreement a decade ago, which was later put in writing.The document, signed by the footballer, was presented to the court, but Ribery claims Heiderscheid forged his signature which experts will try to clarify.“I have never seen this document before,” Ribery told the German news agency DPA, adding that he had “never had a discussion on this topic with Mr Heiderscheid”.Ribery’s lawyer said he has already had the document analysed and is confident it is a forgery, however, Heiderscheid is equally confident it is genuine.“I am very calm about the decision which will be made. He (Ribery) will have to deal with all the consequences,” Heiderscheid told AFP.This is not the first time Heiderscheid has taken the footballer to court.In December 2015, Luxembourg’s Court of Appeal ordered the Bayern forward to pay Heiderscheid 1.6 million euros, plus legal fees, for a breach of contract over the 2007 deal.Ribery is out of contract at Bayern in June and has just returned from a knee injury.He played in last Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery (C) and his lawyer Carlo Brusa (front L) arrive at court on December 12, 2017 in the southern German city of Munich over a case filed by his former agent Bruno Heiderscheid © DPA/AFP / Peter KNEFFELBERLIN, Germany, Dec 12 – Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery briefly appeared in court in Germany on Tuesday over claims he owes Sh42.4 mn (3.5 million euros) to his ex-agent before the case was adjourned until January.The 34-year-old is contesting claims over unpaid commission from his 2007 transfer from Marseille to Bayern, which cost 25 million euros.