After an evenly contested first day of the Sri Lanka vs India test match, Day 2 promised to be action packed. India was in a decent position at 319 for 6 and hoping to get close to 400 odd runs. But losing Rohit Sharma’s wicket just before close of play on day one had dented their hopes. Onus was on Indian tail to stick around with Wriddhiman Saha. On the contrary, Sri Lanka were looking to wrap up Indian innings quickly so that their batters could take full advantage of the decent batting conditions.
SriLanka vs India – Day 2 starts well for Sri Lanka strike early
Sri Lanka started the proceedings with pace on both ends as the second new ball was hard. With early morning moisture, it did pay dividend as Mathews struck early. Ashwin played a loose shot attempting an expensive cover drive and hit it straight to Kaushal Silva at short extra cover. India were 321 for 7 and Ashwin had departed for just 2 runs.
Fortune favours Saha
The rub of the green went Saha’s way as he survived a couple of very close calls. A brilliant ball from D Prasad kissed the off stump on one occasion but failed to dislodge the bails and he got a favourable decision from the umpire on a catch claimed by wicket keeper Chandimal.
Despite the lucky breaks it was tough going for India as they managed just 26 runs in first hour of play. Slowly Mishra and Saha started getting a few singles and the introduction of Chameera gave the duo some breathing space. A valuable 46 run were put up before Mishra’s 24 run effort came to an end as he poked at a wide one off Chameera and nicked it behind the wickets.
Saha made the most of his good fortune , reached his 2nd fifty of the series and helped India move closer to 400 run mark. With Ishant Sharma for company India went in for lunch at 386 for 8 with Saha unbeaten on 56.
India dismissed under 400
India failed to reach the 400 run mark as they were bundled out for 393. Hearth claimed both the remaining wickets as he trapped Saha and Ishant in front of the wicket. With pitch easing out to bat , Indian bowlers had a tough ask in hand and were left facing two sessions where they would have to hit right areas to restrict Sri Lanka.
Indian Pacers bowled with intent
It was crucial from an Indian point of view to make the most of red cherry. And that’s exactly what they did. India struck in the second over as Umesh Yadav trapped Karunaratne to make a perfect start to his comeback test.
This dismissal brought Kumar Sangakkara, the man of the moment, to the middle. He received guard of honor from the Indian Cricketers and the Umpires. Umesh and Ishant bowled with consistent pace, hitting right areas. Stuart Binny too bowled a probing length beating the bat on a number of occasions. He was unlucky to have not got his first test wicket as he dismissed Silva but off a no ball.
India missed a vital opportunity as Rahane dropped Sangakara at first slip. With luck favouring Sri Lanka, both batsmen started playing comfortably in the middle. They managed to add 65 runs till tea and steadied the Lankan innings. Sri Lanka were 65 for 1 at tea with Sangakkara unbeaten on 29 and Silva on 30.
Sri Lanka vs India Day 2 – Intriguing play after tea
India came out in the final session hoping that things would turn around for them. India’s most reliable bowler, Ashwin produced the all important breakthrough immediately after tea. Sangakkara who was looking good on 32, nicked one to Rahane at first slip. The crowd was disappointed seeing their hero walking back but gave him a standing ovation.
Silva continued to hold one end and was reading the length nicely. He brought up his first half century against India as the Sri Lankan total went past 100. Indian bowlers kept the check on Sri Lankan run-rate as they bowled in decent line and length. With pressure exerted from both ends, Sri Lanka were finding it difficult to keep the score board moving and Amit Mishra was finally rewarded as he dismissed a well set Silva for 51. Trying to sweep the ball , he got the top edge which was easily held by Ashwin behind square.
Mathews and Thirimanne fought hard and made sure that Sri Lanka didn’t lose any more wickets. At the close of play Sri Lanka were still 253 runs behind but looking good at 140 for 3.Tomorrow promises to be an intriguing day.