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Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Nagpur: Pujara, Vijay tons help hosts finish on 312/2

Date: Monday,18 December 2017 01:30 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

Sri Lanka in India 3 Test Series 2017 2nd Test Match Result India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs

205/10
Overs
79.1
R/R
2.59
Fours
21
Sixes
2
Extras
3
610/6
Overs
176.1
R/R
3.46
Fours
51
Sixes
4
Extras
9
166/10
Overs
49.3
R/R
3.37
Fours
19
Sixes
4
Extras
2
  • If you are an Indian fan it is an extremely happy picture to see India finish 100 runs ahead with a rampaging Kohli and sedate Pujara walk off the field. But, if you are Sri Lanka fan then the horrors of the Test series in Lanka might have resurfaced. 

    Day 2 completely belonged to India with the home team taking a comfortable 107-run lead with eight wickets in the bank.

    Have a fun Saturday night and hope to see you tomorrow for a lazy Sunday. Thank you for joining us, we will be here for Day 3, tune into our coverage at 8 AM onwards. Ciao.  

  • Watch our correspondent Devdutt Kshirsagar review second day's play between India and Sri Lanka:

  • Devdutt Kshirsagar, Firstpost Journalist in Nagpur

    One has batted the whole day. The other for only 1 hour or so. But both have impacted the innings. Pujara did frustrate the Lankan bowlers but India would’ve been slightly disappointed had the lead been under 100 runs. Kohli ensured that that doesn’t happen with a brisk half century. It was a day of cricket Sri Lanka would like to forget as soon as possible. It was Indian domination throughout the 90 overs.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India made sure that they will not bat again most probably in this Test. Sri Lankan bowlers lacked planning particularly Dilruwan Perera while Vijay made a century on his return and augmented Indian skipper's quandaries, Pujara played like Pujara and scored another ton. And Virat Kohli is also looking good for another ton here. 

  • After 98 overs,India 312/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 121 , Virat Kohli (C) 54)

    Pujara collects a single off the second delivery of the final over of Day 2, guiding it towards the off side. Kohli rolls his wrists off the fifth delivery, placing it wide of short midwicket to collect his sixth boundary. Blocks the last ball, as India finish the day on a score of 312/2, with a lead of 107. 

  • FOUR! Flicked away wide of short midwicket by the Indian captain, finding an easy boundary in the process! India 312/2

  • Dilruwan Perera to bowl the final over of the second day. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most 50-plus scores by Indian captains in a calendar year in international cricket:
     
    19 - VIRAT KOHLI, 2017* 
    19 - Rahul Dravid, 2006
    17 - Sourav Ganguly, 2002
    15 - MS Dhoni, 2009

  • Devdutt Kshirsagar, Firstpost Journalist in Nagpur

    Raised his bat half heartedly, more so because he wanted to acknowledge the crowd. He is hungry for more. He wants more. Kohli’s 15th Test fifty!

  • After 97 overs,India 307/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 120 , Virat Kohli (C) 50)

    Kohli collects a single off the second delivery of the 97th over, bringing up a fine half-century in the process. Has been scoring at a decent pace so far (75 in the 97th over), collecting five boundaries off 66 deliveries to get to the milestone for the 15th time in his Test career (with 18 tons). India's lead is also over the 100-run mark now. 

  • FIFTY for Virat Kohli — his 15th in Test cricket! Collects a single off the second ball of the 97th over, taking 66 deliveries get to the mark! Like Pujara, he too extends his fluent run in the series! India 306/2

  • After 96 overs,India 305/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 119 , Virat Kohli (C) 49)

    Kohli crunches an overpitched delivery from Perera through the covers at the start of the 96th over, getting his fifth boundary. Pujara gets beaten fair and square off the third delivery, a much better one from Pujara. VK collects a single off the last ball, keeping the strike and moving to 49. Seven off the over. 

  • FOUR! Overpitched outside off, Kohli's not one to let go of such lollies. Carves it through the covers! Brings up the 300 for the hosts India 302/2

  • After 95 overs,India 298/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 118 , Virat Kohli (C) 43)

    Pujara guides the ball towards deep backward point off a square-drive off the third delivery, collecting only a single. Some movement in the fourth delivery, with the ball moving away from Kohli's outside edge. Two off the over. 

  • Woah! Didn't know Johan Botha had his eye on India versus Sri Lanka

  • Lahiru Gamage returns to the attack with a couple of overs to go for stumps. 

  • After 94 overs,India 296/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 117 , Virat Kohli (C) 42)

    Four runs collected off the 94th over, bowled by Perera, including a double off the fourth delivery collected by Pujara. 

  • After 93 overs,India 292/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 114 , Virat Kohli (C) 41)

    Herath returns to the attack for the 93rd over. Kohli pushes off for a single at the start of the over, guiding it down the ground along the on-side. The partnership between the two is worth 76 now. Less than 10 minutes to go for stumps. 

  • Rangana Herath brought back into the attack for the 93rd over of the innings. 

  • After 92 overs,India 291/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 114 , Virat Kohli (C) 40)

    Pujara flicks the second ball through the on-side, finding the gap between mid-on and midwicket, collecting his 13th boundary in the process. Two singles collected later in the over. 

  • FOUR! Pujara goes for an on-drive off the second delivery of the over, and finds the gap between midwicket and mid-on. India 289/2

  • Devdutt Kshirsagar, Firstpost Journalist in Nagpur

    Brilliant use of feet there from Pujara. Got to the pitch of the ball and pierced it through the gap gorgeously. We are 10 minutes away from this scheduled end but Sri Lanka have to bowl another six overs. So play will be extended.

  • After 91 overs,India 285/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 109 , Virat Kohli (C) 39)

    Kohli unleashes a beautiful on-drive at the start of the over, placing it wide of mid-on to collect his fourth boundary. Nearly chops the ball onto his stumps off the third delivery, collecting a single nevertheless. Six off the over. 

  • FOUR! Superb timing by Kohli on this occasion, as he places it wide of mid-on to collect his fourth boundary. India 283/2

  • After 90 overs,India 279/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 108 , Virat Kohli (C) 34)

    Perera returns to the attack in the 90th over. Kohli guides the ball down the ground off the second delivery to collect a single. Pujara then gets his 12th boundary with a paddle sweep off the third delivery. Seven off the over. 

  • FOUR! Paddled away towards fine-leg by Pujara, who moves to 107, off Perera in the 90th over! India 277/2

  • Dilruwan Perera returns to the attack in the 90th over of the Indian innings. 

  • After 89 overs,India 272/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 103 , Virat Kohli (C) 32)

    Just two singles collected off the 89th over, bowled by Shanaka. India's lead swells to 67, with another 20 minutes left in the day's play; India well on track to finish with a lead of 100 before stumps today. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Runs are now flowing off the bat as both Kohli and Pujara are trying to rattle some quick runs when the second ball is hard. They've already added 53 runs in 72 balls -- the fastest phase of the innings. Lots of work still needs to be done today and tomorrow to put the match beyond Sri Lanka.

  • After 88 overs,India 270/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 102 , Virat Kohli (C) 31)

    Pujara sets off for a bye at the start of the 88th over, even though he misses while crouching low to defend, bringing up the 50-stand with Kohli. The Indian skipper guides the next one towards the leg side, collecting two runs in the process. Five off the over. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Cheteshwar Pujara tells us that patience and consistency are his best friends and if you have both then you can achieve greater heights. This is his fourth century in 2017 in Tests which is the joint most by an Indian batting at No.3 in a calendar year in Tests. 

  • Devdutt Kshirsagar, Firstpost Journalist in Nagpur

    PU-JAA-RAA.. PU-JA-RA.. the chants are reverberating in the stadium. All signs hint towards India batting only once and that is what makes this inning special. He is tiring the Lankan players. Has already consumed 250 balls. Just like Ranchi, he looks set for a big one, albeit against an inferior bowling attack.

  • 50-partnership up between Pujara and Kohli for the third wicket, with the former responding to his skipper's call for a bye after getting beaten by a slower ball from Lakmal. India 266/2

  • After 87 overs,India 265/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 101 , Virat Kohli (C) 28)

    Dasun Shanaka returns to the attack for the 87th over, with Gamage getting some rest for now. Kohli hands the strike back to Pujara with a single at the start of the over, with Pujara collecting a double off the next ball to bring up his 14th Test hundred. Four off the over. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    That's really hard fought ton from Pujara. He batted all days of the Kolkata Test. Indications are he'll bat at least on the first 3 days of this Test! He's gone on in one solitary gear from early morning, unruffled by bowlers, breaks in session, fall of Vijay or even the 2nd new ball. What a way to get to his 14th Test century.  A true Test innings, grinding it out.

  • Century number 14 it is for Cheteshwar Pujara! What a series he is having so far! Gets to the magical three-figure mark with a double, consuming 246 deliveries to reach there. Has been a composed innings from the Saurashtra batsman, having batted for several hours so far in the innings! He exchanges a hug with his skipper after bringing up the milestone. 

  • After 86 overs,India 261/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 98 , Virat Kohli (C) 27)

    Lakmal continues with from the other end, with Samarawickrama returning to the field after suffering a nasty blow to his ribs earlier in the day. Pujara collects a double off the third delivery after guiding the ball to deep square-leg, followed by a single that takes him to 98. Kohli keeps strike for the following over with a quick single off the last delivery. The partnership between the two is also nearing the 50-run mark. 

  • After 85 overs,India 257/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 95 , Virat Kohli (C) 26)

    Four runs collected off the 85th over, with all of them being collected off the second delivery of the over. Except, Kohli decides to run all of them by himself, thanks to overthrows. Has been a tough day so far for the Sri Lankans on the field, and their luck hardly seems to be improving. 

  • Devdutt Kshirsagar, Firspost Journalist in Nagpur

    When was the last time you saw batsmen run four? Kohli pushed Pujara after a wayward throw with no backing and Pujara obliged.

  • FOUR! Kohli has decided to run all of them, thanks to overthrows. The fielder at catching point throws ambitiously, with a lapse by a teammate at the other side of the wicket letting the ball run away. India 257/2

  • After 84 overs,India 253/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 95 , Virat Kohli (C) 22)

    Lakmal returns to the attack, with the visitors opting for pace from both ends. Kohli guides the third delivery towards long-leg, where Gamage bruises his knee while saving a run near the boundary, allowing the captain to come back for a third. Pujara flicks the next ball towards the square-leg fence for a four. Seven off the over. 

  • FOUR! Flicked away towards the square-leg boundary by Pujara off the fourth delivery of Lakmal's 16th over. Brings up the 250 for the hosts. India 253/2

  • Devdutt Kshirsagar, Firstpost Journalist in Nagpur

    Kohli has eased his way to 22. While Pujara continues to play his natural game. Sri Lanka just not able to suffocate India after Vijay’s wicket.

  • Suranga Lakmal returns to the attack in the 84th over, with Sri Lanka deploying pace from both ends now. 

  • After 83 overs,India 246/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 91 , Virat Kohli (C) 19)

    Tight over from Gamage, with just a single coming off it. Gamage has been the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers so far, conceding 39 runs for the wicket of Rahul in the 19 overs that he has bowled so far. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    There is variable bounce in the pitch. It is the odd one that is leaping or keeping low at this stage. But as the cracks on the pitch widen it could be more pronounced every time the ball hits the cracks. India need to ensure that they do not have to bat again in case this pitch deteriorates alarmingly on day 4 and 5  

  • After 82 overs,India 245/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 91 , Virat Kohli (C) 18)
     
    Five runs collected off the 82nd over, which witnesses Herath return to the attack in place of Perera. Four of those are scored off a drive through cover by Kohli off the first ball. Drinks are brought to the field at the end of the over. India lead by 40 with eight wickets in hand right now. 

  • FOUR! Driven through cover in impeccable fashion by Kohli off Herath at the start of the 82nd over! The Indian skipper's getting settled real quick! India 244/2

  • Rangana Herath brought back into the attack in place of Dilruwan Perera.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Lanka grab the second new ball as soon as it becomes due. Hope to have a go with the new ball at Kohli when he is still new to the crease. Pujara is not the sort who will flay it. But if anyone can at this stage, he can. He is well set and right on top of the attack. May be he will after getting to his hundred. Not far now

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 2: Pujara collects a single off the second delivery of the final over of Day 2, guiding it towards the off side. Kohli rolls his wrists off the fifth delivery, placing it wide of short midwicket to collect his sixth boundary. Blocks the last ball, as India finish the day on a score of 312/2, with a lead of 107.

Day 1 report: India lost opener KL Rahul to end the opening day of the second cricket Test at 11/1 after bowling out Sri Lanka for 205 in the final session at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium here on Friday.

Opener Murali Vijay (2 not out) and No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

For the visitors, paceman Lahiru Gamage picked up the solitary wicket of Rahul, who got an inside edge back onto his stumps after trying to flirt with a delivery outside the off-stump.

Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. AP

Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. AP

Rahul started the Indian response on a positive note, getting off the mark with a boundary through mid-off before going into a shell, which saw him consume 13 deliveries for his brief knock.

Earlier, Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja wreaked havoc, sharing seven wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 205 in their first innings.

Ashwin, who went wicketless in the first two sessions, broke the backbone of the Lankan innings by removing skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who top-scored with a patient 122-ball 57 before adding three more wickets to return with figures of 4/67.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja complemented the off-spinner well, finishing with 3/56 while veteran paceman Ishant Sharma also picked up three wickets giving away 37 runs in his 14 overs.

Resuming the final session at 151/4, the tourists found the going tough and lost wickets at regular intervals with their last six wickets falling for just 54 runs.

Besides Chandimal, opener Dimukh Karunaratne (51 from 147; 6x4) and stumper Niroshan Dickwella (24 from 30; 4x4) were the only other batsmen who managed to provide some resistance to the Indian spin duo.

The series is currently squared at 0-0 after the drawn opening Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119

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