Batsmen put India in driver's seat

Posted August 05, 2017

India rode on a strong batting performance and some superb bowling by star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to consolidate their advantage on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka. If Sri Lanka's chances hung by a slender thread then, that thread further frailed as India took two wickets for 50 runs by Stumps. After Shami departed hitting two consecutive sixes, India put on 24 more runs before declaring their innings at 622/9. Mitchell Johnson was the previous fastest, getting there it in his 34th Test. Jadeja is the 19th left-arm bowler and fifth from India to complete 150 Test wickets.

The Lankan bowlers meanwhile could manage to just restrict the runs with none of them making any impression on the Indian batting line-up.

That turn, pun intended, has brought him nine Test caps, and 27 limited-overs global appearances so far.

Off-spinner Rangana Herath was the most successful among the Sri Lankan bowlers with figures of 4/154.

Jadeja brought up his fifty off 70 balls soon after Saha's dismissal, and Mohammed Shami blasted Herath for successive sixes before holing out.

Australian cricket umpire Rod Tucker is having a tough time officiating in the ongoing India-Sri Lanka second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground here. After a long stint on the field, in which he bruised Sri Lanka's first innings and watched the host make amends in its second, Ashwin spoke about the pitch and gave credit to Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. India meanwhile, will hope to bundle out the hosts by lunch and seal the series. Shortly after India's 304-run win over Sri Lanka in Galle, Rohit had posted a photo on Twitter where he was seen playing Federation Internationale de Football Association with Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and two others. It was a cutter by Pandya as ball took an inside edge and carried to Wriddhiman Saha, who picked up an excellent diving catch behind the wickets to remove the well-set batsman.

Pacer Umesh Yadav (1/17) was the lone wicket-taker in this session, dismissing opener Upul Tharanga (2) shortly after lunch. They went on piling the runs and when you have an all-rounder of Jadeja's caliber coming at No.9, that is only expected. Among all spinners, Jadeja is the sixth-quickest to the landmark.

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 50-2 in 20 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne 25; R Ashwin 2/38). But he couldn't build on it, as Herath bowled him in the 122nd over.

WICKET! Niroshan Dickwella drags one onto the stumps as his entertaining innings comes to an end.

India were reduced to 133/3 at one stage, but Pujara and Rahane rescued them by scoring contrasting hundreds.