2nd Test, Day 2: How India’s agressive lower order set up a crucial declaration
Hello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Day 2 of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India being played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. (Live Scorecard)Sri Lanka 1st Innings:17.03 IST: Sri Lanka 50/2 at stumps, trail India (622/9d) by 572 runs. Kusal Mendis 16*, Chandimal 8*, Ashwin 2/38So, India are in a commanding position heading into Day 3. Sri Lankahave lost both their openers with only 40 on the board and they stilltrail by another 572 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin is spinning a web aroundthe Lankan batsmen and he already has two scalps to his name. DineshChandimal and Kusal Mendis have taken the attacking approach and bothwill have to stitch a big partnership if the home side are to get closeto the visitors total.The pitch is providing a lot of assistance to the spinners and it willonly get tougher for the batsmen. The spinners of India will do themajority of the bowling tomorrow. whereas, Sri Lanka will bank on theirexperienced batsmen to get them out of this mess.(Reuters Photo)16.43 IST: Ashwin to Chandimal, SIX! BANG! What a shot. Flighted ball on off, Chandimal gets down on one knee and sweeps it over the square leg fence for a biggie. That is one wayto counter the spin. SL 39/2 in 14 ovs, trail by 583 2nd Test. 13.6: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (6), 6 runs, 39/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201716.40 IST: Ashwin to Karunaratne, OUT! Ashwin strikes again! The ball finally takes the outside edge. Karunaratne’s struggle comes to an end. Ashwin tosses it up on off, the ball turns away and takes the outside edge to first slip where Rahane takes it comfortably. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble here. They have lost their second. SL 33/2 in 13.4 ovs advertisement13.4: WICKET! D Karunaratne (25) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin, 33/2- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201716.33 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, NOT OUT! Such a waste of a review! Landed outside off, spinning away, Mendis prods forward to defend but is late in bringing his bat down and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. After a huge discussion, Kohli goes for the review. The Hawk Eye shows that the impact was outside off and going on to miss the stumps by a long way. India lose their first review.16.28 IST: Both Karunaratne and Mendis are finding it hard to even make contact with the ball against Jadeja and Ashwin. SL 24/1 in 10 overs, trail by 598 runs vs India.16.11 IST: Shami to Karunaratne, FOUR! Just a push! Full outside off, Karunaratne just leans into the shot and drives it through mid off for the first boundary of the innings. Beautiful to watch this!15.59 IST: Ashwin to Tharanga, OUT! Rahul holds on to a stunner! Slanting into the batsman, Tharanga stays back and works it on the leg side. Rahul at short leg hops to get out of harm’s way. But, the ball hits him on the shoulders and deflects into his stomach region. SL 0/1 in 2 ovs, trail by 6221.6: WICKET! WU Tharanga (0) is out, c Lokesh Rahul b Ravichandran Ashwin, 0/1- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201715.56 IST: Excellent first over from Shami, starts off with a maiden. SL 0/0 in 1 over, trail India by 622 runs15.51 IST: Dimuth Karunaratne will take the first strike for Sri Lanka against Mohammed Shami. India 1st Innings:15.40 IST: India declare first innings at 622/9 vs Sri Lanka. Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Jadeja 70*That’s it…There comes the declaration. #TeamIndia declare at 622/9 #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/vOHlAyAqpY- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2017Kohli calls the last Indian batting pair back to the dressing room. The visitors have piled up a massive 622 runs. Four batsmen scored 50-plus scores while there were two centurions in Pujara and Rahane. The hosts were dismal with their bowling. They were all around with their pitching and were taken apart by the opposition batsmen.Totals of 600 or more in Tests in last 7 months:India – 6All others combined- 1#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 4, 2017They now have 20 overs to have a go at the Lankan batting and will look for an early break. The pitch has also started to take turn and this might just go against the home side. The first step for the Islanders would be to see off the day safely.15.33 IST: Herath to Jadeja, SIX! That was hit hard! Jadeja dances down the track and tonks it over long off for a maximum.2nd Test. 156.3: R Herath to R Jadeja (66), 6 runs, 613/9 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201715.24 IST: Herath to Shami, OUT! Shami holes out! The 9th one down for India. Shami departs after doing his job. Herath drags his length back on middle, Shami tries to pull but gets a top edge towards Tharanga at deep mid-wicket who pouches it safely. IND 598/9 in 154.5 ovs advertisement154.5: WICKET! M Shami (19) is out, c Upul Tharanga b Rangana Herath, 598/9- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201715.24 IST: Herath to Shami, SIX! That is going, going and gone. Another biggie for Shami. Dances down the wicket and hits it over long off this time for a huge maximum. He is striking it well here.15.23 IST: Herath to Shami, SIX! BOOM! You dare call Shami a tailender. Uses his feet and hits it over the long on fence for a biggie.15.16 IST: FOUR! Shorter outside off, Jadeja cuts it through point. Runs are coming thick and fast here. That’s Jadeja’s 8th Test fifty.15.12 IST: OUT! Saha departs after playing a good knock. That turned and bounced of the wicket. Tosses it on off stump, the ball turns sharply. Saha tries to push it but gets beaten by the away turn and in the process drags his back leg out of the crease. Dickwella collects the ball and whips the bails off in a flash. Saha walks back to a standing ovation from his coach. Herath gets Saha for 67. India 568/8 (152.1 overs) 15.05 IST: SIX! There was a fielder positioned there but it does not make a difference to Saha. He comes down the track and hits it with the spin over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. We might see a lot more of this attacking approach from India now.15.01 IST: We are underway for the third and final session. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha will continue their innings. Dhananjaya de Silva will bwol the first over after the break. 14.42 IST: India 553/7 (150 overs) at tea vs Sri Lanka. Saha 59*, Jadeja 37*, Ashwin 5414.36 IST: Fifty-run partnership comes up between Saha (57*) and Jadeja (33*). IND 547/7 in 148.5 ovs14.13 IST: Pushpakumara to Jadeja, SIX! Into the stands! Tossed up around off, spinning in, Jadeja dances down the track and goes after it. Clubs it over long on for a biggie. He is down waiting.2nd Test. 142.5: M Pushpakumara to R Jadeja (18), 6 runs, 525/7 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201714.13 IST: Pushpakumara to Saha, dances down and pushes through mid off for a single to bring up his fifth Test fifty. IND 519/7 in 142.4 overs4th time five batsmen have scored 50 or more in same inns vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.All 4 have come at the SSC!3 of 4 from India!!#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 4, 201713.57 IST: Pushpakumara to Saha, FOUR! Poor ball, punished! Short delivery, sliding in, Saha camps back and hammers his pull through mid-wicket for a boundary. He has been solid and has put the bad balls away all day long.2nd Test. 138.4: M Pushpakumara to W Saha (48), 4 runs, 512/7 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201713.39 IST: India cross 500 in the 135th over with Saha batting on 42* and Jadeja on 2*advertisement500+ Test totals most times141 Aus105 Eng80 Ind#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 4, 201713.30 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, OUT! c Angelo Mathews. Pandyas cameo comes to an end. Malinda gives it air on off, Pandya comes down the track and tries to go big but holes out to Mathews at long off. Pushpakumara gets his second and he is happy about it.132.4: WICKET! H Pandya (20) is out, c Angelo Mathews b Malinda Pushpakumara, 496/7- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201713.30 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, FOUR! He is taking the attack to Pushpakumara now. Pandya plays the slog sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is on the charge now.13.30 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, FOUR! EASY PEASY! Shorter on the stumps, Pandya rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.13.23 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Comes down the track and samshes it striaght back past the bowler for a boundary. That almost took the umpire along, he did well to get oout of the way.2nd Test. 130.2: M Pushpakumara to H Pandya (10), 4 runs, 484/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201713.17 IST: Sri Lanka lose their second and final review. IND 472/6 in 128.4 ovs12.57 IST: Herath to Saha, FOUR! Good intent from Saha. Sees a tossed up ball and lofts it over the mid off fielder for a boundary.2nd Test. 123.4: R Herath to W Saha (25), 4 runs, 458/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201712.51 IST: OUT! Herath gets his revenge! Lovely bowling from the wily veteran. Flatter on off stump, Ashwin makes room to cut it but gets beaten and the ball takes the off stump. He gets to his fifty and departs the next ball. A nothing shot from Ashwin. Rangana gets his second.Fewest Tests to reach 2000 runs and 275 wkts51 R Ashwin58 R Hadlee#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 4, 20172nd Test. 121.5: WICKET! R Ashwin (54) is out, b Rangana Herath, 451/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201712.49 IST: Herath to Ashwin, SIX! BANG! Comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum. He brings up his fifty in style. That was a classic hit. Ashwin also goes past 2000 runs in the process. IND 451/5 in 121.5 ovs12.45 IST: Decent over to start off with, just two runs came off it. India 444/5 in 121 overs. Ashwin 48*, Saha 17*. Partnership – 31 off 61 balls12.43 IST: Pushpakumara will open the attack after lunch with Ashwin on strike.12.03 IST: Good session this for both sides! India 442/5 in 120 overs at lunch vs Sri Lanka. Ashwin 47*, Saha 16*, Rahane 132How much more can #TeamIndia pile on the runs? @Wriddhipops and @ashwinravi99 to start the post Lunch session #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/ppfxia9hC3- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2017Sri Lanka will be happy with the session but India are still in firm control here. The Lankans started the day well when Karunaratne provided an early breakthrough by removing Pujara. Rahane and Ashwin built a partnership but a lapse of concentration from Rahane cost him his wicket. The home side have opted for a defensive approach. The pitch has started to show some wear and tear which are not good signs for the home side. The visitors would look to add some quick run after the break and hope that the wicket deteriorates even more. Join us in a while for the second seesion.The pitch has started to show some wear and tear which are not good signs for the home side. The visitors would look to add some quick run after the break and hope that the wicket deteriorates even more. Join us in a while for the second session.11.24 IST: OUT! MAIDEN INTERNATIONAL WICKET FOR PUSHPAKUMARA! Once again Rahane dances down the track. Malinda anticipates it and drops his length short, gets it to spin away as well. Ajinkya goes through with his heave but misses this time around. The ball sneaks past him and Dickwella behind the stumps stays composed, collects the ball and takes off the bails. Rahane stepped down the track one time too many and it did him in. Pushpakumara is delighted and why won’t he be. It’s his first wicket after getting such a hammering. The centurion departs. Can Sri Lanka trigger a collapse here or will we see another partnership build? IND 413/5 in 110.5 ovs2nd Test. 111.4: MDK Perera to W Saha (6), 4 runs, 420/5 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201711.16 IST: Pushpakumara to Ashwin, FOUR! BOLDSTARTS Square driven! BOLDENDS Sprayed full but wide outside off, Ashwin extends his arms and smashes it through point. There’s a big gap there and a boundary is collected.2nd Test. 108.5: M Pushpakumara to R Ashwin (34), 4 runs, 412/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201711.05 IST: Perera to Rahane, takes a single which brings up India’s 400 and that’s also the 50-run stand between Rahane and Ashwin!10.54 IST: Herath to Ashwin, FOUR!10.35 IST: Karunaratne to Ashwin, FOUR! Poor line! Sprays on the pads, Ashwin flicks it to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Easy pickings at his pace.2nd Test. 99.2: D Karunaratne to R Ashwin (16), 4 runs, 374/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.18 IST: Herath to Rahane, FOUR! Comes down the track and hits it straight over the bowler’s head for a boundary.2nd Test. 94.2: R Herath to A Rahane (110), 4 runs, 364/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.16 IST: Karunaratne to Ashwin, FOUR! LOVELY TIMING! Full on off, Ashwin leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.2nd Test. 93.5: D Karunaratne to R Ashwin (8), 4 runs, 360/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.09 IST: OUT! A successful review by Sri Lanka and it is the perfect start to the day for them. Karunaratne strikes. Lands it on a length on off, jags back in. Pujara tries to defend it but misses and is struck on the pads. An appeal goes up and the umpire gives it not out. Dickwella straight away asks the captain to review and Chandimal obliges. They go upstairs. The replays show there is no insde edge and Hawkeye shows there are three reds. The decision has to be over turned. Pujara has to depart after playing a fine, fine knock. The 217-run partnership has been broken. Karunaratne gets his first Test wicket. Can Sri Lanka now build on this wicket. IND 350/4 in 92 ovs91.6: WICKET! C Pujara (133) is out, lbw Dimuth Karunaratne, 350/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.07 IST: Karunaratne to Pujara, huge appeal for LBW but umpire says Not Out. Sri Lanka take the review. Looks very close. Height might be a factor.10.00 IST: Sri Lanka have started the proceedings with Perera and Karunaratne.Day 1 summary:India rode on undefeated centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to post 344/3 at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club here 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.Pujara, who is appearing in his 50th Test, continued from where he left off in the opening match at Galle, securing his 4,000th run and his 13th century, three in a row against the islanders.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 the islanders, off 151 deliveries when he pushed Rangana Herath for a single on the off.