India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane continue domination against hosts at tea

Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 89 to steady India's innings after Sri Lanka jolted the visitors with two crucial strikes on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday.

AFP, Aug, 03 2017

Colombo: Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 89 to steady India's innings after Sri Lanka jolted the visitors with two crucial strikes on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during their second Test against Sri Lanka. AP

India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during their second Test against Sri Lanka. AP

India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, were well placed at 238 for three at tea after winning the toss and choosing to bat in Colombo. Pujara, playing his 50th Test, was batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane (41).

The pair put on an unbroken 105-run stand for the fourth wicket after the hosts lost opener KL Rahul for 57 and skipper Virat Kohli for 13 early in the second session.

Rahul, who scored his eighth Test fifty on his return from a viral fever, was run out after a mix-up with Pujara.

Veteran spinner Rangana Herath sent Kohli trudging back to the pavilion with a tossed-up delivery that got the edge of the captain's bat to be caught at slip.

Pujara then ground out the runs to register his 16th fifty in his milestone Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

In the morning session, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera had Shikhar Dhawan trapped lbw for 35.

Debutant left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara was still searching for his first Test scalp. The hosts need at least a draw to stay alive in the series.

Published Date: Aug 03, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 03, 2017




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