India are on a commanding position in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. Sri Lanka ended the second day of the Test on 125 runs for the loss of five wickets in reply to India’s 600 runs.
They still trail India by 446 runs with only five wickets in hand. Though Upul Tharanga scored 64 and Angelo Mathews is still unbeaten on 54, the hosts have an uphill task in hand on day three.
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Sri Lanka commenced their innings just before the tea break. They didn’t get off to a good start as they lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne, as he was trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav, early in the second over. He even took a review along with him, which turned out to be an absolute waste.
On the other hand, Tharanga played a patient innings after seeing his top order crumble. The southpaw played a gutsy 64 runs innings but he was run out by a brilliant throw from Abhinav Mukund which was executed by wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Before Tharanga’s dismissal Sri Lanka lost two more wickets of Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis, both of them were caught at the slip by Shikhar Dhawan of the delivery of Shami.
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Earlier on the day, India resumed day two on 399 for 2 and finished for 600 all out before Sri Lanka commenced their innings. Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara managed to add nine runs to his overnight score 144. He was dismissed for 153, his highest score in Sri Lanka, by Nuwan Pradeep dismissed him. Following his departure, 113 runs partnership with Rahane came to an end.
Rahane also didn’t last long as he added nine more runs to his overnight score 39 before getting dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for 57. After getting an early breakthrough on the second day morning Sri Lanka expected to wrap up India inside 500, but all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin (47), Hardik Pandya (50) and Mohammad Shami (30) proved otherwise. While Pandya, who made his Test debut, scored 49-ball 50 Ashwin beefed up India’s first innings total with crucial innings but he fell short of three runs from scoring a half century as he was caught behind off the delivery of Pradeep.
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Late in the innings, Shami played a cameo as he scored 30 off 30. During his career best innings he hit three massive six of skipper Rangana Herath.
Among the Sri Lankan bowlers, pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep claimed six wickets conceding 132 runs in 31 overs. Young spinner Lahiru Kumara took three wickets and Herath claimed one wicket.
Indian seamers were fresh and raring, and Umesh Yadav, in particular, has been right on the money. On day three, Ashwin will fancy himself too, especially with the number of left-handers he’ll come up against. Now, the question is whether Sri Lanka will be able to give any fight to India on day two? With the top order has already been erased the inexperienced middle order will face heat in front of India’s experienced pace and spin attack.