Team India continued their dominance against the hosts Sri Lanka as they ended Day 2 of the 2nd Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo in the driver’s seat.
It will be fair to say that unless anything dramatic happens India will take an unassailable 2-0 lead by the end of this match. After ending Day 1 on 344/3, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane batted sensibly in the opening session before both falling in quick succession.
Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin stitched together a crucial partnership and both scored fluent half-centuries to get India over the 600 mark. Ravindra Jadeja blazed his way to 70 which was laced with 4 fours and 3 hits over the fence. Eventually, the Indian captain declared the innings ON 622/9. Sri Lanka lost 2 wickets in quick succession and ended the day’s play on 50/2. So with the 2nd day’s play done and dusted let us have a look at 5 Talking Points from the day’s play.
Wriddhiman Saha scores another half-century
The wicket keeper batsman has been a consistent performer for his nation with the bat in the recent past and yet again made his presence felt with a fluent half-century. He batted sensibly in the initial part and then took on the spinners by stepping down the track and belting them for a six and four boundaries.
Ravindra Jadeja unleashes his sword celebration yet again
Jadejas has been an improved performer for Indian with the bat and made an impact by scoring 70 of just 85 deliveries. He n struck some delightful ground shots to begin his innings and later when the spinners were introduced, the left-hander smashed them for three humongous sixes to increase the scoring rate towards the later part.
Yet again after completing his half-century, the southpaw celebrated in his own unique style by waving his bat like a sword. His innings of 70 were laced with 4 fours and 3 hits over the fence.
Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest to score 2000 Test runs and bag 250+ Test wickets
It was a historic day for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the all-rounder became the fastest to reach 2000 Test runs and 250+ Test wickets. He shared small yet valuable partnerships with Rahane and Saha. The stylish batsman struck 5 delightful fours during his 92 balls innings which also contained a solitary six. It is surely a big achievement for the offie who will look to improve his all-round game with each passing game.
Rangana Herath bags Four wickets
The veteran left-arm spinner was the pick of the bowlers as far as the hosts were concerned and finished with figures of 4/154 in 42 overs. He was smashed for plenty of runs yesterday and even today he wasn’t spared either. Herath bagged the wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli yesterday and added 3 more to his kitty today.
He bagged the wickets of Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammad Shami to finish with 4 wickets. Saha was lured into a drive and was eventually stumped by Niroshan Dickwella as Saha lost balance.
Ashwin wrecks the Lankan top order
Unlike the Lankan spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin was seen turning the ball from the word go. Kohli opened the bowling with the offie as the pitch was assisting the spinners and got his reward in his very first over. Upul Tharanga tried to take a single but played it uppish and struck KL Rahul fielding at the silly point. It was a difficult but Rahul held onto it by crouching and closing his thighs desperately.
He also bagged the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne with a flighted delivery. The ball turned just enough to take the outside edge of Karunaratne’s bat which was safely taken by Ajinkya Rahane stationed at the slip cordons.