Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya blow Sri Lanka's top-order away as hosts trail by 426 runs at tea on Day 2

Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya blew away Sri Lanka's top-order to leave the hosts tottering at 61-4 at tea in reply to India's 487 on day two of the final Test on Sunday.

AFP, Aug,13 2017

Pallekele: Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya blew away Sri Lanka's top-order to leave the hosts tottering at 61-4 at tea in reply to India's 487 on day two of the final Test on Sunday.

India's Mohammed Shami celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne on Day 2. AP

India's Mohammed Shami celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne on Day 2. AP

Skipper Dinesh Chandimal on 13 and wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella on 14 were at the crease with the hosts still trailing India by 426 runs in Pallekele.

Pace spearhead Shami struck early to get openers Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind for 4 and 5 respectively in the first five overs of the innings.

Kusal Mendis, who tried to stem the rot with some attacking play, was run out by a direct throw at the non-strikers end by Kuldeep Yadav. He made 18 with the help of four boundaries.

Sri Lanka slipped further to 38-4 as Pandya, who smashed his maiden Test century in the morning session, struck with the ball to get former captain Angelo Mathews trapped lbw for nought.

All-rounder Pandya remained the star of the day so far with his 96-ball 108 that propelled India to a challenging first innings total after the visitors resumed on 329-6.

Pandya was out to spinner Lakshan Sandakan on the third ball of the second session as India's innings ended without adding to the lunch total.

The left-arm unorthodox bowler recorded his first five-wicket haul in Tests while fellow spinner Malinda Pushpakumara took three wickets.

India are eyeing a sweep in the three-match rubber after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in Colombo.

Published Date: Aug 13, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 13, 2017




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
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1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6646 117
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6143 112
6 Pakistan 4875 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2436 128
2 Pakistan 2919 122
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112