Dhawan, Pujara centuries hurt Sri Lanka in first Test

Sheri Evans
July 29, 2017

Sri Lanka hit back with four quick wickets even as India consolidated their advantage by posting 503/7 in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the opening Test here on Thursday.

Before the break, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 291 runs in their first innings after resuming the day at 154 for five. It is just as well for the home team that Virat Kohli perished for three, else India's first day score could well have been something around 450.

Mukund, who opened the batting after Lokesh Rahul was ruled out with viral fever, made 12.

The hosts were 289/8 at lunch on the third day but their last batsman Lahiru Kumara was cleaned up by Jadeja to put an end to their innings in the post-lunch session.

After posting a very big first inning score of 600, the Indian bowlers rattled through the Sri Lankan top order on Thursday. With Mukund's dismissal the 134 runs third wicket partnership was broken.

Some 40 minutes before tea, a thunderstorm lashed the sea-facing ground.

He returned to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan for 14 after India opted against enforcing the follow-on. He now has two half-centuries split by more than six years; his 81 was the first time since July 2011 that he has made a Test fifty, though that doesn't necessarily guarantee him a place in the playing XI for the next Test.

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Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera offered stiff resistance to India but the other Lankan batsmen failed to read Indian bowlers as the Sri Lankan innings folded in less than a day. "At least we could get them for 600 runs", he added in.

Two overs later, Perera survived a confident lbw shout off Jadeja via DRS.

The Lankan slide started with opener Dimuth Karunaratne (2) being trapped leg before by Yadav in the second over of the Lankan innings and the batsman wasted a DRS review in a bid to reverse the decision. The ball appeared to be sailing well over the stumps, as seen from Kohli's astonished reaction.

His belligerent knock included 10 boundaries and four sixes.

There was slight turn available for the spinners on this day three pitch and this wicket was a result of constant pressure built up by the left-arm spinner. Finally, there is scope for Gall test. Rangana Herath's Gall. But if they do manage to show some fight, it will give them a lot of confidence going ahead in the series.

In Sri Lanka, no matter what time, what season and on which ground, you always have to take rain into account, and while there were two full days and almost two full sessions remaining in the Test match, an entire day's play being wiped out by rain could never be ruled out.

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