Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 2nd Test, Day 2: Hosts reach 50/2 at stumps

Mendis sweeps the first ball of the over towards the leg side, guiding it towards the backward square-leg boundary to collect his second boundary. Ashwin fires a leg-spinner in the third ball of the over, with Chandimal getting a single after guiding it towards the leg side. Mendis brings up the team 50 with a slog-sweep towards midwicket in the penultimate delivery of the over. 10 scored off it, with Sri Lanka going into stumps at 50/2

Date: Friday,18 August 2017 10:57 IST Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs

622/9
Overs
158.0
R/R
3.94
Fours
57
Sixes
9
Extras
14
183/10
Overs
49.4
R/R
3.7
Fours
19
Sixes
6
Extras
5
386/10
Overs
116.5
R/R
3.31
Fours
51
Sixes
1
Extras
9
  • That's it from us in our coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on Friday, with India wresting advantage with quick wickets after declaring their innings at 622/9. We certainly hope you enjoyed our coverage today, and that you will return tomorrow for Day 3. For now, we bid you goodbye! 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Jadeja probably needs to bowl slower and flight more. Ashwin seems to have got it right and is getting a lot of purchase. Jadeja is keeping it tight. But at this stage both need to attack when Lanka on backfoot. Sure both will be eager to be back bowling on this pitch tomorrow. Lanka at 50 for 2 are staring at yet another defeat

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Ravichandran Ashwin's wickets by batting positions in Tests:
     
    Openers : 63
    No.3 - No.5 : 81
    No.6 - No.8 : 69
    No.9 - No.11 : 68

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Are we heading for another 4-day Test? Ashwin and Jadeja are getting huge puffs of dust coming off the surface with most deliveries. Tough when they get balls to turn, jump and hasten on pitching. The pitch is not yet very bad. But it is getting there. The dice is loaded against Lanka

  • After 20 overs,Sri Lanka 50/2 ( Kusal Mendis 16 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 8)

    Mendis sweeps the first ball of the over towards the leg side, guiding it towards the backward square-leg boundary to collect his second boundary. Ashwin fires a leg-spinner in the third ball of the over, with Chandimal getting a single after guiding it towards the leg side. Mendis brings up the team 50 with a slog-sweep towards midwicket in the penultimate delivery of the over. 10 scored off it, with Sri Lanka going into stumps at 50/2

  • FOUR! Slog-sweep by Mendis off Ashwin's bowling on this occasion, guiding it towards the midwicket boundary! And that brings up the team 50 for the hosts! SL 50/2

  • FOUR! Mendis breaks the rut with a sweep towards the backward square-leg boundary, going for a sweep on that occasion. SL 44/2

  • After 19 overs,Sri Lanka 40/2 ( Kusal Mendis 8 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 7)

    Hat-trick of maidens for the Indians, with Jadeja collecting the fourth of his spell so far. Just one over to go after this. 

  • After 18 overs,Sri Lanka 40/2 ( Kusal Mendis 8 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 7)

    Consecutive maidens for the Indians, with Ashwin bowling six dots in the 18th over of the innings. With two more overs to go after this, the Sri Lankans will hope for these two to stick around till stumps. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Lanka need to stay positive. They are facing a massive total and can't get too defensive. That would get more close-in fielders and increase pressure on batsmen. They are putting away the short and overpitched deliveries. Mammoth task ahead

  • After 17 overs,Sri Lanka 40/2 ( Kusal Mendis 8 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 7)

    Jadeja surprises the batsman with extra bounce once again, this time in the second delivery of the 17th over after pitching it along good length. Third maiden for Jadeja, with Chandimal sending Mendis back to the non-striker's end in the last delivery after pushing it towards the off side.  

  • After 16 overs,Sri Lanka 40/2 ( Kusal Mendis 8 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 7)

    Chandimal plays with the turn in the last ball of the 16th over, getting a single to retain strike for the next over. Just a single off this over. Just four more overs to go after this.

  • After 15 overs,Sri Lanka 39/2 ( Kusal Mendis 8 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 6)

    Jadeja collects a second maiden, bowling stump-to-stump as usual. The umpire has a word with Mendis after the second delivery of this over after he pulls out of his stance in the last nano-second, resulting in a dead ball. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Lanka need to stay positive. They are facing a massive total and can't get too defensive. That would get more close-in fielders and increase pressure on batsmen. They are putting away the short and overpitched deliveries. Mammoth task ahead

  • After 14 overs,Sri Lanka 39/2 ( Kusal Mendis 8 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) 6)

    Karunaratne guides the second ball of the 14th over towards long-leg, collecting a couple of runs. The left-hander perishes two balls later, edging a fuller delivery outside off to Rahane in the slips, bringing captain Dinesh Chandimal to the crease. Chandimal gets off the mark with a slog sweep in the last ball, getting a six. Eight off the over.

  • SIX! What a way for Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal to get off the mark, going for a slog-sweep towards the midwicket boundary to collect the first six of the innings! SL 39/2

  • OUT! Ashwin bowls fuller outside off to Karunaratne, and gets rid of the danger man as the latter edges straight to Rahane in the slips. SL 33/2

    Karunaratne c Rahane b Ashwin 25(45)

  • After 13 overs,Sri Lanka 31/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 23 , Kusal Mendis 8)

    Mendis cuts the first ball of the 13th over towards the gap between point and cover, and collects a couple of runs as the two fielders give the ball a good chase. The fifth ball of the over kicks up from full length along middle, with the ball looking virtually unplayable on that occasion. Two off the over. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Sri Lanka's last 11 opening stands against India in Tests:
     
    0, 7, 22, 11, 1, 1, 8, 15, 0, 15, 32

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    India having batted so long have got the hang of the pitch and are bowling as needed for impact. Ashwin has slowed down his deliveries to notice the batsmen. Jadeja too getting turn. It's not quick turn yet. But spinners certainly getting some purchase.

  • After 12 overs,Sri Lanka 29/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 23 , Kusal Mendis 6)

    Karunaratne guides the first ball of the 12th over down the ground, with Ashwin overpitching on this occasion while bowling over the wicket. The southpaw opener is showing some fight at the moment, and is batting with a purpose right now. Four off the over. 

  • FOUR! Punched down the ground by Karunaratne in the first ball of the 12th over, and the left-hander collects his second boundary as a result. SL 29/1

  • After 11 overs,Sri Lanka 25/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 19 , Kusal Mendis 6)

    Karunaratne guides the first ball through leg gully to collect a single. Mendis cuts the fifth ball of the over towards point, but the fielder cuts it off. Appeal for lbw in the final ball of the over, albeit an unsuccessful one, and Kohli reviews it after suggestion from the keeper and other close-in fielders. The impact though is well outside off, and it turns out to be a howler of a decision on Kohli's part.  

  • After 10 overs,Sri Lanka 24/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 18 , Kusal Mendis 6)

    Single collected by Karunaratne in the third ball of the over. Mendis follows it up with a sweep towards the midwicket boundary, playing with the turn on that occasion. Tries coming down the ground in the following delivery, but he was nowhere close to the pitch of the delivery, and got rapped on his thigh. Five off the over. 

  • FOUR! Played with the turn by Mendis off Ashwin's bowling on that occasion! SL 24/1

  • After 9 overs,Sri Lanka 19/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 17 , Kusal Mendis 2)

    Karunaratne tucks one towards backward square-leg off his hips in the second ball of the ninth over, bowled by Jadeja, and collects a single. Appeal for caught-behind in the fourth ball, with the ball travelling dangerously close to Mendis' outside edge. Just one off the over. 

  • After 8 overs,Sri Lanka 18/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 16 , Kusal Mendis 2)

    Another spitter by Ashwin at the start of the eighth over, with the ball kicking up from full length and surprising the batsman. The offie reduces his length in the fifth ball, with Karunaratne cutting it towards deep cover to collect a couple of runs. Five runs in the last ball of the over, thanks to overthrows after an ambitious attempt at the non-striker's end by Pandya, and Kohli doesn't look happy with that at all. Seven off the over. 

  • After 7 overs,Sri Lanka 11/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 9 , Kusal Mendis 2)

    Jadeja brought into the attack for the first time in the seventh over. Good fielding by the man at cover after a drive by Mendis in the third ball of the over. Meanwhile, Kohli gets a tight field around Mendis, with two slips, a silly point and a forward short leg. Jadeja begins his spell with a maiden. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Sri Lanka's last 11 opening stands against India in Tests:
     
    0, 7, 22, 11, 1, 1, 8, 15, 0, 15, 32

  • After 6 overs,Sri Lanka 11/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 9 , Kusal Mendis 2)

    Karunaratne collects a double in the fourth ball of the over, guiding it towards the leg side. Ashwin beats Karunaratne's outside edge in each of the last two deliveries, pitching both along full length along off. 

  • After 5 overs,Sri Lanka 9/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 7 , Kusal Mendis 2)

    Karunaratne gets the first boundary of the innings by presenting a straight bat to a fuller delivery from Shami, driving it down the ground. Shami surprises Karunaratne with extra bounce two deliveries later. Six off the over. 

  • FOUR! Karunaratne pats the third ball of the over, a fuller delivery from Shami, down the ground. SL 8/1

  • After 4 overs,Sri Lanka 3/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 2 , Kusal Mendis 1)

    Ashwin into his second over, and he is getting a plenty of turn at the moment. Two singles scored in the over, with Mendis getting off the mark in this over. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Sri Lanka's last 11 opening stands against India in Tests:
     
    0, 7, 22, 11, 1, 1, 8, 15, 0, 15, 32

  • After 3 overs,Sri Lanka 1/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 1 , Kusal Mendis 0)

    Shami is getting a nice away shape. But he seems to be very close to running onto the danger area. The umpires had a word with him. The fifth one keeps low and shapes away to beat Mendis' outside edge. This is a nervy start for Sri Lanka. Shami is hitting the right lengths. A single off the over.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    No. of 600-plus scores in Tests in last 12 months:

     
    India - 6
    All other teams - 1 

  • After 2 overs,Sri Lanka 0/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 0 , Kusal Mendis 0)

    A successful over for India. Ashwin got the wicket of Tharanga with not the best of balls. Perhaps it was the third delivery that deserved the wicket. He gave the third delivery  a littly bit more air and it spun away sharply to beat Tharanga's prod. Ashwin varied his pace nicely in that over.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Ravichandran Ashwin needs five more wickets to become the first spinner to take 100 wickets while opening the bowling in Tests. 

  • OUT! Brilliant catch from Rahul at short leg! Tharanga departs.

    Tharanga stays back and looks to turn it to the leg side. He hits it uppishly to short leg where Rahul shows good reflexes. He juggles with the ball hitting the mid-riff but somehow manages to hold on. An unfortunate dismissal but some credit should be given to the fielder too.

    Kusal Mendis is the new batsman!

  • Highest totals for India in Sri Lanka in Tests:
     
    707/10 - Colombo(SSC), 2010
    622/9d - Colombo(SSC), 2017 *
    600/10 - Galle, 2017

  • After 1 overs,Sri Lanka 0/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 0 , Upul Tharanga 0)

    Shami darts in a short ball first up and it flies way over the head of Karunaratne. Shami got a nice shape into the batsman. A hint of swing and seam movement. He got one to straighten off the fifty ball, Karunaratne played it with soft hands but got an outside edge which fell well short of the gully fielder. A decent first over from Shami, he starts off with a maiden.

  • Ashwin will share the new ball with Shami! That's the discussion Kohli and the off-spinner were having when they got on to the ground!

  • Three slips and a gully for Karunaratne.  Shami straightaway comes from round the wicket!

  • The players are out on the field. Kohli is having an animated discussion with Ashwin. Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga are the openers.  Mohammad Shami will start off.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Six Indian batsmen scoring 50-plus in a Test innings away from home:
     
    Against England, The Oval, 2007
    Against Sri Lanka, Colombo (SSC), 2017

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is the second instance of a team scoring 600-plus four times in a year. The other instance was also by India in 2007.

  • After 158 overs,India 622/9 ( Ravindra Jadeja 70 , Umesh Yadav 8)

    Looks like this will be the last over before Kohli finally declares the innings, with the total already looking like a winning one. The Sri Lankans, on the other hand, spread the field out, with just two fielders inside the circle. Umesh slogs the fifth delivery towards the leg side, with the ball going towards the square-leg boundary. 


    Eight off the over, and Kohli declares the innings! This is India's second-highest total against Sri Lanka in the latter's backyard! 

  • FOUR! First boundary for Umesh, who gets an inside-edge while looking for a slog towards midwicket, with the ball carrying away towards the square-leg boundary. India 621/9

  • After 157 overs,India 614/9 ( Ravindra Jadeja 67 , Umesh Yadav 3)

    Umesh takes a single at the start of the over, before Jadeja comes down the ground and smashes the ball over the long-off boundary in a clean, flat hit! Eight off the over. 

  • SIX! Smashed down the ground by Jadeja off Herath! Clean as a whistle! India 613/9

Mendis sweeps the first ball of the over towards the leg side, guiding it towards the backward square-leg boundary to collect his second boundary. Ashwin fires a leg-spinner in the third ball of the over, with Chandimal getting a single after guiding it towards the leg side. Mendis brings up the team 50 with a slog-sweep towards midwicket in the penultimate delivery of the over. 10 scored off it, with Sri Lanka going into stumps at 50/2

Day 1 review: India rode on undefeated centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to post 344/3 at stumps on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday.

At stumps, Pujara, who was nominated for this year's Arjuna Award, was batting on 128 while Rahane was unbeaten on 103 as the right-handed duo guided India to a strong position, adding 211 runs for the fourth wicket.

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli, the two captains. Agencies

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli, the two captains. Agencies

Pujara, who is playing his 50th Test, continued from where he left off in the opening match at Galle, securing his 4,000th run and his 13th century, his third in a row against the Lankans.

Putting behind him the mix-up that led to opener Lokesh Rahul's run-out for 57, Pujara shouldered the responsibility of carrying the Indian innings to safety after skipper Virat Kohli's (13) soft dismissal.

Joining forces with Rahane at the fall of Kohli, Pujara nearly edged to slip when on 1 and only just avoided short-leg's hands in the last over before lunch. In the second session, the Saurashtra right-hander switched gears to reach 89 off 140 deliveries at tea and finished unbeaten on 128 at stumps.

Rahane, on the other hand, played the perfect second fiddle to Pujara to end his 10-match wait for what was his 9th Test hundred, and sixth outside India.

He got to his ton, second against Sri Lanka, off 151 deliveries when he pushed Rangana Herath for a single on the off.

Earlier, Rahul celebrated his comeback with a half-century. The opener's sedate 82-ball knock contained seven hits to the fence.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera notched up figures of 1/68 while veteran left-arm spinner Herath returned 1/83.

Opting to bat first on winning the toss, the Indians were off to a superb start with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul handling the Lankan bowlers quite comfortably. The duo put together an opening partnership of 56 runs in just 10 overs.

Dhawan, who had narrowly missed out on the maiden double century of his career in the first Test, seemed to be in excellent form here as well. He made a quick 35 runs off 37 balls before being trapped leg before by Perera.

The Indian openers continued to bat comfortably with the run rate consistently hovering around the five per over mark.

Just like in the first Test, the Lankan bowling attack did not seem too formidable although the pitch had a slight bit of bounce.

Dhawan, who seemed set for a big score, fell off the first ball of the 11th over when he missed an attempted sweep and the ball straightened enough to hit him on the pads.

The umpire had initially ruled not out but the Lankans decided to call for the review and were rewarded when the third umpire overturned the decision.

Pujara and Rahul, however, ensured that the visitors lost no more wickets till lunch. They added 53 runs between them off 20.3 overs.

Rahul, however, fell in the third over after lunch when he was run out following a horrible piece of miscommunication with Pujara.

Coming in at the fall of Rahul, Kohli seemed to be in good touch but fell victim to some poor shot selection with Angelo Mathews pulling off an excellent catch in the slips.

Thereafter, Rahane and Pujara went on to frustrate the home side as India found themselves in a comfortable position when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

With inputs from IANS



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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115