India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd test: Visitors must show positive intent on Day 2 to turn tables on hosts

Sri Lanka have their task cut out after being bowled out for 205, but if they begin Day 2 with the right frame of mind, they could run India very close in Nagpur.

FirstCricket Staff, Nov 25, 2017 07:15:02 IST

The first day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka certainly belonged to the hosts, who despite losing the toss, managed to bundle out the visitors for a paltry 205. However, if there is still a ray of hope for the Lankans in this match it came through the solitary Indian wicket that the islanders managed to scalp before stumps on Day 1.

While India remain in the ascendancy in this Test match, the wicket would have boosted the confidence of the Sri Lankans going into the dressing room, and they will get a chance to have a crack at the Indian batsmen early on Day 2, when the conditions best suit fast bowling.

Sri Lanka need to take early wickets against India in Nagpur on Day 2. AP

Sri Lanka need to take early wickets against India in Nagpur on Day 2. AP

The Lankans will feel they are well in this contest having scalped 18 Indian wickets in the opening Test in Kolkata. With enough assistance for both the pacers and spinners — as seen on Day 1 — Dinesh Chandimal and Co wouldn't feel intimidated despite managing a low score in their first innings.

Suranga Lakmal showed how capable he was with the new ball in Kolkata. His work thus would be cut out early on Day 2 when the Lankans would be counting on him to make some inroads.

India though will not be too bothered by the loss of that solitary wicket as they have two very steady batsmen in the shape of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay at the crease. Virat Kohli couldn't have handpicked better players to be at the crease to tackle the morning session.

Sri Lanka will have to break this partnership and get Kohli to face the new ball in the morning. The Indian captain is at his most vulnerable during the initial stages of his innings and the visitors would do well to get him out to bat when there a bit of help for the fast bowlers.

If Pujara and Vijay steady the ship, and with batting expected to become easier on Day 2, India could set the platform for a huge first innings total.

So for Sri Lanka to stay competitive in this Test match, they will have to take the field with the same spirit and self-belief with which they graced the Eden Gardens.

While there is a gulf in skill between the two teams, Sri Lanka can't afford to be intimidated by the Indians. They will have to be aggressive in their intent and look to bowl India out before tea on Saturday.

Sri Lanka have their task cut out after being bowled out for 205, but if they begin Day 2 with the right frame of mind, they could run India very close in Nagpur, just like they did in Kolkata a few days ago.

Updated Date: Nov 24, 2017 23:47:54 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
India 3 2 0 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 4 1 2 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254