India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli and Co must take early wickets on Day 3 to maintain control

The second Test between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) is now two days old, and it is the visitors who once again have emerged on top, piling on a mammoth total before scalping two quick wickets in the final session.

After resuming from their overnight score of 344/3, Cheteshwar Pujara could not bat on for long, and was dismissed after just two overs into the second day, getting trapped leg-before by Dimuth Karunaratne. Ajinkya Rahane, who forged a 217-run stand for the fourth wicket with Pujara, then carried the innings forward by putting up another partnership, this time with Ravichandran Ashwin worth 63 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne on Day 2. AP

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne on Day 2. AP

While Rahane added only 29 runs to his overnight score before giving Malinda Pushpakumara his maiden Test wicket, it was the middle and lower-order once again contributing with the bat that propelled the visitors to their second-highest score against Sri Lanka in the latter's backyard. Ravindra Jadeja was unbeaten on 70 at the time of India's declaration, while Wriddhiman Saha (67) and Ravichandran Ashwin (54) also did their bit in the run-fest.

Having sent both Sri Lankan openers back to the pavilion in the evening session of the second day, including Upul Tharanga for a duck, the Indians already have a firm grasp on the match. With the pitch starting to play tricks the way it was post lunch, the task of running through the opposition batting order just got easier for the spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja. Seeing the back of overnight batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis will be a stride forward for Virat Kohli and company.

Even though the match seems to be headed in one-direction from this point onward, one certainly hopes that the hosts put up some fight in the remainder of the match, as well as the series, and prevent it from turning into a drab contest.

Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 19:20 PM

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