With sizable lead of 157 runs and nine wickets in hand, India was in a commanding position at start of Day 4 of 2nd test between India Vs SriLanka. Ending Day 3 on a high ensured India had clear momentum going into Day 4. They were hoping to get two good sessions with bat to gain an unassailable lead and then put SriLankan batting under pressure. For SriLanka it was first session that was most crucial as they had to take some early wickets to claw their way back into the game.
Let’s look at some of the talking points of Day 4 between India Vs SriLanka
#1 India dominates morning Session
Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane started off bit cautiously but soon began playing their shots. It was quite visible from their approach that India was looking to take the game away from Lankan with some aggressive cricket. Murali Vijay showed his class and his shot making was of highest quality. India was in complete control of the proceedings as both batsmen reached their half centuries. India managed to add 68 runs in first hour of play.
Finally there was something to smile for SriLanka as Kaushal trapped Vijay on 82 and then had another success as Kohli missed a straight one to be plumb in front of the wicket. Rahane on the other end was unperturbed and went on with the business. At lunch India had extended the lead to 266 with Rahane unbeaten on 82 looking good for another test ton.
#2 Ton for Rahane as India declares
The new Mr Dependable Ajinkya Rahane reached his 4th test ton as India marched forward to set a stiff target for SriLanka. Batting on a 4th day track is never easy but the comfort with which Rahane batted made this inning one of the best of his career. Rohit Sharma gave him good company and the duo added some quick runs. Rahane was dismissed after a well-made 126 as India eventually declared soon after tea at 325 for 8 setting SriLanka a mammoth target of 413 to win.
#3 India Vs SriLanka 4th Day- Last Test innings for KUMAR SANGAKKARA
With 20 odd overs to go India were hoping to make early inroads before the end of play. And to their delight Kaushal Silva flicked a full toss off Ashwin straight to the fielder as SriLanka lost their first wicket.
With that wicket it was the great Kumar Sangakkara who arrived at the crease for one last innings. He looked extremely determined to ended on a high. Sangakkara started off in style as he flicked one to the on-side and then followed it with his trademark straight drive. But it was a heart break for all Lankan fans as he failed to pick Ashwin for the 4th time in the series and nicked one to first slip. With that it was an end to a glorious career ranging for 15 long years. Karunaratne and Mathews made sure that there were no more wickets for India as the hosts ended at 72 for 2 with an uphill task ahead of them on day 5.