Second Test: Mendis, Karunaratne defy India
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 05, 2017,
Aug 05, 2017, 20:30
Pujara departed early at the start becoming stand-in pacer Dimuth Karunaratne's first wicket in 41 Tests while Rahane became the maiden scalp for Malinda Pushpakumara (2/156) in his debut Test. The small partnership between Ravi Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha then between Hardik Pandya and Saha helped the team to cross the 500 run mark.
Dilruwan Perera notched up figures of 1/54 while fellow off-spinner Rangana Herath returned 1/66.
Although Sri Lanka will resume the fourth day on Sunday trailing by 230 runs, Ashwin felt it will be an uphill task for India bowlers to pick wickets considering the wicket will get slower as the day progresses. Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 70 while Umesh Yadav on 8.
Opting to bat first on winning the toss, the Indians were off to a superb start with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul handling the Lankan bowlers quite comfortably.
As reported by Cricbuzz, Pradeep is the latest casualty as he has been ruled out of the bowling attack in India's first innings.
Together, the pair not only added a sizable amount of runs, but also showed the rest of the line-up that India are not almost as terrorising as they made them look earlier. Sri Lanka didn't look to defend as they scored at a healthy rate of almost 3.5 runs per over. He was out lbw to seamer Karunaratne.
Kusal Mendis was hit on the helmet, the leg, the back and the foot while fielding at short leg, silly point and silly mid off during India's innings.
Sri Lanka looked down and beat by the end of the first session on the third day.
Karunaratne said that his team are determined to save the test match hoping that Indian spinners may not be as threatening on day three as the hardness of the ball wears off. But Shami bowled him for a 48-ball 51.
Realising the futility of trying to hang around, Dickwella threw his bat at everything, hitting seven boundaries and a six before attempting an ugly scoop against Shami that deflected the ball onto his stumps.
In doing so, he scored his 5th Test half-century off 113 balls and brought up India's 550 just before the tea break.