Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 2: Hosts reach 154/5 at stumps

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Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 2: Hosts reach 154/5 at stumps
  • 17:44 (IST)

    That's it from us in our coverage of Day 2 of the ongoing first Test between Sri Lanka and India at Galle, and the momentum has shifted distinctly in the latter's favour. Do return tomorrow for our coverage of Day 3, as we find out if Mathews can inspire a rearguard from the hosts, although the prospect of a follow-on seems almost certain at the moment. 

    For now, we bid you goodbye! 

  • India have outperformed Sri Lanka in all the three departments of the game and that will be my laconic explanation of today's play. From Hardik Pandya's dream debut to Abhinav Mukund's acrobatic fielding, India are well and truly ahead in the match. Angelo Mathews is still there to give India some fight and his stay at the crease will decide how long Sri Lanka will bat in their first innings tomorrow.

  • 17:21 (IST)

    After 44 overs,Sri Lanka 154/5 ( Angelo Mathews 54 , Dilruwan Perera 6)

    Last over of the day, and Jadeja will bowl the 44th. Dilruwan pushes the third ball of the over towards deep cover, and collects three in the process. Mathews sees off the remainder of the over, with four coming off it, as the Lankans finish the second day on a shaky score of 154/5! 

    It has been India's day all the way. Their lower-order contributed valuable runs towards the team total, with the visitors reaching the 600-run mark. They followed it up with a good bowling performance, restricting the Lankan batsmen from settling at any given point of time. Had it not been for Tharanga and Mathews, who knows how badly the hosts would have been struggling right now. 

  • 17:17 (IST)

    After 43 overs,Sri Lanka 150/5 ( Angelo Mathews 53 , Dilruwan Perera 3)

    Change of bowling, with Kohli bringing Shami back into the attack with a couple of overs left in the day. Dilruwan pushes the second ball of the over towards the off-side to collect a couple of runs, which brings up the team 150. Just two off the 43rd. 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    After 42 overs,Sri Lanka 148/5 ( Angelo Mathews 53 , Dilruwan Perera 1)

    Ashwin bowls the 42nd over, his 18th in the innings so far. Has been quite the spell for the off-spinner so far. Just one run off the over, with Dilruwan getting off the mark with it. 

  • 17:10 (IST)

    After 41 overs,Sri Lanka 147/5 ( Angelo Mathews 53 , Dilruwan Perera 0)

    Mathews guides the third ball of the 41st over through the covers to bring up his 27th Test fifty, standing tall in a crisis as Sri Lanka stare at conceding a follow-on. Four off the over, with stumps just around the corner. 

  • 17:08 (IST)

    FOUR! And that square drive off Jadeja brings up Mathews' 27th Test half-century. The ex-captain takes 81 deliveries to get to the milestone, having hit eight fours and a six in a responsible innings so far. SL 147/5

  • 17:05 (IST)

    After 40 overs,Sri Lanka 143/5 ( Angelo Mathews 49 , Dilruwan Perera 0)

    Ashwin bowls the 40th over, with Mukund creating another dismissal at silly point, this time by taking a blinder of a catch while diving to his right to collect one off an outside edge off Dickwella's bat. Dilruwan Perera joins Mathews at the crease, with the Lankans having lost half their side by now, though they effectively are six down thanks to Gunaratne's injury that has ruled him out of the series. 

  • 17:02 (IST)

    OUT! Brilliant catch by Mukund — who is doing a fantastic job at silly point — as Dickwella departs for a meagre 8. Getting a wicket with stumps just around the corner puts the Indians back in control! SL 143/5

    Dickwella c Mukund b Ashwin 8(15)

  • 17:02 (IST)

    After 39 overs,Sri Lanka 143/4 ( Angelo Mathews 49 , Niroshan Dickwella (W) 8)

    Jadeja bowls the 39th over — another blink-and-miss over by the left-arm spinner given how quickly he goes through his overs. Just a run off this over, with Dickwella retaining strike for the following over. 

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Last over of the day, and Jadeja will bowl the 44th. Dilruwan pushes the third ball of the over towards deep cover, and collects three in the process. Mathews sees off the remainder of the over, with four coming off it, as the Lankans finish the second day on a shaky score of 154/5!

It has been India's day all the way. Their lower-order contributed valuable runs towards the team total, with the visitors reaching the 600-run mark. They followed it up with a good bowling performance, restricting the Lankan batsmen from settling at any given point of time. Had it not been for Tharanga and Mathews, who knows how badly the hosts would have been struggling right now.

Day 1 review: Centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan (190) and one-down Cheteshwar Pujara (144 not out) helped India reach 399/3 at stumps on the opening day of the first of the three-Test cricket series against Sri Lanka at Galle on Wednesday.

 Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 2: Hosts reach 154/5 at stumps

Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Rangana Herath.

Electing to bat, India rode on a 253-run second wicket effort between Dhawan and Pujara to surpass the highest-ever first day's total of 351 runs in Sri Lanka.

Later, Pujara, who notched up his 12th Test century, and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) put on an unbeaten 113-run fourth-wicket stand to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day's total -- the highest being 417/2 in the 2009-10 home series against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan smashed the rather ordinary Sri Lankan bowling all around the ground, racing to 190 runs off 168 deliveries with 31 boundaries studding his hurricane innings.

The 31-year-old Dhawan, who got into the 16-member squad as Murali Vijay was injured, registered his fifth century in Test cricket -- a perfect way to send a message to the selectors. It was also his highest score in the five-day format.

His opening partner, Abhinav Mukund (12), who got into the playing eleven due to KL Rahul's illness, however, couldn't impress the selectors.

Mukund struggled a bit, hitting only two boundaries off pacer Lahiru Kumara during his 26-ball stay in the middle. But the left-hander virtually gifted his wicket to Nuwan Pradeep when he decided to go after a ball which moved away slightly after pitching.

Pujara joined Dhawan and enjoyed some early luck when he edged Pradeep off the second ball he faced but the ball went for a boundary after landing wide of the slip cordon.

Dhawan, however, continued to display excellent form at the other end, finding the fence at regular intervals.

Pujara soon settled his nerves and gave Dhawan excellent support at the other end as the former collected runs very quickly and registered his century after the lunch break.

Equally aggressive against the spinners, the Delhi batsman further dominated the Sri Lankan bowling after reaching the three-figure mark.

Dhawan finally fell when he tried to smash a Pradeep delivery over mid off but mistimed his shot and Angelo Mathews pulled off an easy catch in the first ball of the 55th over.

Just after the 10-minute tea break, India suffered a big blow when captain Virat Kohli was caught by wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella, attempting to pull a bouncer from Pradeep, with India at 286/3.

Pujara, who was batting on 77 then, was joined by Ajinkya Rahane and the pair played some sedate cricket.

Pujara and Rahane took ones and twos as the Sri Lankans stepped up the pressure with their confidence boosted by Kohli's wicket.

Pujara broke the dry patch by despatching veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for two fours in the 66th over. And in the fifth ball of the next over, a drive towards mid on off Kumara gave him a two to complete his hundred in 173 deliveries.

By that time, Rahane too had a grip on the conditions and he was looking good on 39 not out from 94 deliveries at the end of the day's play, with Pujara unbeaten on 144 as India look strong for a huge total on the second day.

Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 13:33:23 IST



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