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IND vs SL 2nd Test Day 2: Bowlers Help India Keep Noses Ahead

By on August 21, 2015

Sri Lanka 140 for 3 (Silva 51) trail India 393 (Rahul 108, Rohit 79, Kohli 78, Saha 56, Herath 4-81) by 253 runs…

India and Sri Lanka went neck-to-neck on what turned out to be an adventurous second day of the Colombo Test. Both teams fought hard to keep themselves ahead, but in the end, one would assume it was India who would be the happier of the two sides. Firstly, their lower-order gave them a respectable first-innings total, an effort which was dually backed by their bowlers.

While Ravichandran Ashwin gave Sri Lanka a few anxious moments with turn and bounce, Umesh Yadav had Sri Lanka jumping all over the place. His new-ball partner Ishant Sharma could have been better, but oddly enough, he wasn’t given many overs. Add to that Amit Mishra’s miserly spell and you’d believe the visiting team did a fabulous job keeping Sri Lanka to 140 for 3, one of which includes the prized-scalp of Kumar Sangakkara.

There was just enough in the pitch to keep both parties interested. However, as the pitch starts to deteriorate, now begins the real challenge for Sri Lanka, who would have to bat out of their skins on a turning surface in an attempt to manage a first-innings lead.

IND vs SL 2nd Test Day 2: Wriddhiman Saha

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

After being dismissed three overs after lunch for 393, India needed a breakthrough early on to put the home team under spike. Umesh, making a comeback of sorts in Test matches delivered with his very first ball with the wicket of opener Dimuth Karunaratne. The left-handed opener missed a gentle half-volley and was out leg before.

It has now been 11 innings since the Sri Lanka openers put up a fifty stand in Tests. Their first wicket has averaged just 22.45 in those innings.

Kumar Sangakkara walked out to a pompous response and a guard of honour by the Indian players in his final international appearance. He left quite a few deliveries – an indication that he might be setting himself up for a big innings and add to the amazing record he has at the P Sara Oval – over 900 runs at an average in the 70s.

He cracked a cover drive off Umesh for his first boundary and signalled his authority by hitting Ashwin down the ground for another a couple of overs later.

India had their moments – Stuart Binny missed out on his first Test wicket after he had dismissed Silva off a no-ball and Ravichandran Ashwin had Sangakkara dropped by Ajinkya Rahane at slips in what could have been a spectacular catch had he held on to it contrareembolso viagra. However, it didn’t turn out to be a chance India.

Just when pair was beginning to make steady progress, arrived the moment every Sri Lankan fan dreaded. Sangakkara wasn’t a second time lucky and fell to the Rahane-Ashwin combination for the third time to leave the ground for standing ovation from everyone present in the stadium, including his long-time team-mate Mahela Jayawardene.

Silva, at the other end, showed nerves of steel against the spin duo of Ashwin and Mishra and his partnership with Lahiru Thirimanne accounted for 39 runs. The legspinner then gave India a third breakthrough when he had Silva top-edging a sweep to Ashwin.

Earlier, Sri Lanka took three overs after lunch to rattle India out as Rangana Herath picked up their last two wickets to end with 4 for 81. After the late dismissal of Rohit Sharma on the first day, India’s hopes of any resistance from Ravichandran Ashwin suffered a blow in the second over of the day. Respite came from Amit Mishra, who kept India alive with a 46-run alliance for the seventh wicket.

Giving him company was Saha, who was mostly decisive with his shot making if you are to ignore the wild hoick he attempted off Prasad. It took his inside edge and seemed to have landed safely in wicketkeeper’s Dinesh Chandimal’s gloves. But the third umpire offered him the benefit of the doubt, and Saha never played a false shot again.

His cautious approach fetched him three boundaries and more importantly, helped him keep his wicket intact. The Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman made the most of the lucky escape he had in the first half hour when a Dhammika Prasad delivery failed to dislodge his bails and got to his second Test fifty just before the break.

Mishra batted with determination. He defended well to begin with, but once the second new ball lost its shine, began throwing his bat at it. Some connected, some didn’t. Some even took the inside edge of his bat, but those lapses only helped get India get bit of a move on in terms of the scoring-rate.

As Mishra spent more time, his confidence grew, so much that he even reverse-swept Tharindu Kaushal, who continued to offer gifts to the batsmen, for four. His innings ended when he offered a thin edge to Dushmantha Chameera, who banged it in short and moving slightly away.

Source: Times Of India

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