India’s Tour Of Sri Lanka Day 2: India Take Command After Superb Batting Performance

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Match Highlights:

  • India put on 600 in the first innings
  • Nuwan Pradeep picked up 6 wickets
  • Sri Lanka finished the day on 154-5

India has Sri Lanka on the mat in the first match of the series after they picked up 5 Sri Lankan wickets for just 154 runs on Day 2 in Galle. India had put up a mammoth score of 600 runs courtesy of centuries by Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (153). Still trailing India by 446 runs, Sri Lanka has their backs against the walls and only a miracle will save them in the match.

Cheteshwar Pujara continued where he had left off on Day 1 and notched up his fourth 150-plus score to score 153.Along with the fifties from Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Hardik Pandya (50), India reached 600. Pacer Pradeep was the star of the Sri Lankan bowling as he picked up 6 wickets.

It was clear that India meant business in the match as even an hour before the Sri Lankan openers took a stance, Mohammed Shami was seen warming up. The Indian bowlers continued from where the batsmen had left off picking up Dimuth Karunaratne (2) early Danushka Gunathilaka (16) and Upul Tharanga (64) stitched up a 61-run partnership to steady the Lankans innings.

However, Mohammed Shami put India on top as he dismissed Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis (0) in the same over to hand India the upper hand in the match. India faced some resistance from Angelo Mathews (54 not out) but was unable to withstand Shami who finished with the figures of 2/30 in his nine over.

Already down to 10 men in the test match, the Sri Lankan batsmen will be looking to make up their mistakes on day 2 and put in a much stronger performance on Day 2 to limit India’s lead.

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