Lower-order cashes in as India pile on the runs

Posted August 05, 2017

Sri Lanka began Day 3 with 50 runs for the loss of 2 wickets and ended the day with the scoreboard reading 209 for the loss of 2 wickets, it would seem like runs were hard to come but they didn't lose any wickets either.

Sri Lanka will be hoping the opener pushes to three figures and beyond on day four as they still trail by 230 runs with two days left to play.

Excited at the prospect of testing himself against a good opponent, Ashwin said he was looking forward to have a different tactics the next time they face off. Earlier, the Indians rode on half-centuries from Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha and Ashwin to post a big total.

India bowlers to reach 150 wickets in fewer Tests than Jadeja. Then, injured Nuwan Pradeep (ruled out of action with an injured hamstring for atleast two weeks) came out to bat, but faced only six balls as Ashwin bowled him too to end Lanka's innings in the 50th over. Their newly appointed captain, Dinesh Chandimal returned in the team after recovering from pneumonia, however, the team couldn't perform well with the ball and the bowlers conceded 622 runs in the first innings. Ravichandran Ashwin clinched a five-wicket haul to help India in removing SL early in the first innings to take a lead of 439.

Rahul, who scored his eighth Test fifty despite only just recovering from a virus, was run out in a mix-up with Pujara.

While batting appeared a lot easier post lunch, Dickwella said it was the adaptability that had stood his team in good stead.

Cheteshwar Pujara made his landmark 50th Test appearance a special one as he reached to 4000 runs in the longest format of the game on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lankan in Colombo. Kusal Mendis (16*) and Dinesh Chandimal (8*) were at the crease when the umpires made a decision to call it a day at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). Hardik Pandya was caught in the deep by Angelo Mathews off spinner Malinda Pushpakumara. Rahane looked to be positive and added some runs to his name before becoming Milinda Pushpakumara's maiden worldwide wicket, out stumped for 132 while going for the big shot. He became the quickest left-arm spinner to achieve this feat, in 32 Tests, and the sixth-quickest among all bowlers. India crosses the 400 mark by the drinks in the first session, as Rahane and Ashwin stood tall maintaining a steady pace of runs. Ravindra Jadeja (70 not out) was also in fine form but the all-rounder was unable to better his top Test score of 90 before the tourists declared after tea, leaving Sri Lanka a tricky 20 overs to negotiate before the close. Soon, they grew in confidence and the runs started to flow.