India are on top in the second Test match with just eight wickets left to win the Test match and level the series.
India began the day at 70/1 with Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. The duo brought up their half-centuries and further eased through the Indian innings. Murali Vijay played the aggressor’s role whereas Rahane played the second fiddle rotating the strike. Murali Vijay played a selfless knock of 82 which ensured India a healthy lead at the stroke of Lunch. Kohli’s stay at the crease was very short as he departed for just 10 runs. India maintained a good run rate of 4.09 in their Morning session.
Post lunch session Rahane brought up his 4th Test century and started attacking the Sri Lankan bowlers which kept the scoreboard moving in a rapid pace. Rohit Sharma provided a solid support until miscuing a slog sweep to a top spinning delivery from Kaushal. Later Saha, Binny Ashwin added some valuable runs which took India’s lead to 412 setting up a target for 413 for the hosts to chase.
Saha who suffered a hamstring blow was kept of the field which gave KL Rahul the wicket-keeping duties.
Sri Lanka had a horrible start to their chase losing their opener Kaushal Silva very early committing to a poor shot. The departure of Silva brought Kumar Sangakkara to the crease for one last time. The same story repeated once again as Ashwin dismissed the left hander to a spinning delivery with Murali Vijay doing rest of the proceedings. Sangakkara departed for 18 in his final Test innings.
Later Karunaratne and Mathews steadied the ship for Sri Lanka leaving them 72/2 at stumps. India are just 8 wickets away to win the Test match and level the series.
Brief Scores: India 2nd Innings 325/8 decl. (Ajinkya Rahane 126, Dhammika Prasad 4-43) vs Sri Lanka 72/2(Karunaratne 25*, Ashwin 2-27)