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Dilruwan Perera strikes first, Shikhar Dhawan departs

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 28, 2017, 9:06 am IST
Updated Jul 28, 2017, 1:42 pm IST
Sri Lanka 19/1 from 4.1 overs (Abhinav Mukund 5, Cheteshwar Pujara 0). India lead by 328 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan has failed to recreate his form from the first innings. (Photo: AP)
 Shikhar Dhawan has failed to recreate his form from the first innings. (Photo: AP)

Sri Lanka 19/1 from 4.1 overs

WICKET! The centurion from the first innings departs early this time round. Dilruwan Perera sent in a short ball outside the off stump, a ball that was asking to be hit. But the ball stopped on Dhawan, who only spooned it to substitute Dhananjaya de Silva at backward point.

 

Sri Lanka 291/9 (all out) from 78.3 overs

WICKETS! And Ravindra Jadeja wraps things up with a peach of a delivery. Lahiru Kumara completely missed the line of the ball, as it went on to clip the top of the off stump. Although Sri Lanka technically have one more wicket left, Asela Gunaratne's injury means that he cannot come out to bat. India will not enforce follow-on.

Sri Lanka 289/8 from 77 overs

LUNCH! The islanders are in deep waters now. With Angelo Mathews gone, Dilruwan Perera is their only hope of avoiding follow-on, which seems like a long way away right now. They need another 111 runs with the last two wickets remaining, for that.

 

Sri Lanka 280/8 from 73.5 overs

WICKET! A great moment for Hardik Pandya on his debut. After he scored a debut half century yesterday, Pandya has now picked up his first ever wicket in Test cricket. Lahiru Perera backed away to the leg side, in order to make room, but his shot lacked conviction, as he seemed to just poke at a straight delivery by Pandya. While Perera missed, Pandya hit, knocking over the Sri Lankan's stumps.

Sri Lanka 241-7 from 59 overs

WICKET! Ranagana Herath departs, Jadeja picks up his second wicket. Herath goes for a reverse-sweep but the ball brushed the glove band on its way to Rahane at first slip.

 

Dilruwan Perera  reaches his half century

Sri Lanka 211-6 from 59 overs

WICKET! Big wicket for India. Angelo Mathews finally holes out due to the immense pressure created by the Indian bowlers. Jadeja had bowled a pretty tight line and length during that over, which frustrated Mathews, who wanted to put some pressure on the bowler. In his attempt to do so, Mathews only ended up lobbing it to Kohli, who did well to jump in the air and take a catch.

Sri Lanka 175-5 from 50 overs

Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera give Sri Lanka steady start in the morning session as both the batsman have managed to keep Indian bowlers at bay. 

 

Preview: Virat Kohli led Team India will look to wrap up Sri Lanka's innings as early as possible and add more misery on the host in the first Test match at Galle on Day 3.  The Indians have put up dominant display right from the first day, with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara  put up century stand on Day one to put India in strong position

Pujara batted nearly six-and-half-hours for his 153, adding 137 runs with Ajinkya Rahane who made 57.

India's lower order decided to flex their muscles, as Ravichandran Ashwin smashed seven boundaries in his 47, Mohammed Shami clobbered three sixes in his run-a-ball 30 and all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored 50 off 49 balls on his Test debut to help India reach the 600-run-mark.

 

After this supreme batting display, it was time for the bowlers to make their impact.They did that in style by dismissing  half the Sri Lankan batting order on the Day 2 itself. Angelo Matthews holds the key to Sri Lanka’s chances of getting close to India’s total on Day 3, while the Indian bowlers will look to finish things off quickly.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

 

Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.

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