India went into lunch in a quite concerning position at 119/4 with Pujara well settled in the crease.

Virat Kohli and Pujara looked good at the crease initially with leaving many deliveries outside off stump and putting away the loose deliveries.

Virat Kohli’s struggle around off stump still prevails as he chased a swinging ball from Angelo Mathews which saw him walking to the dressing room. Kohli consumed 60 deliveries for his 18 runs which were very unlike him. On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 7th Test century, an innings with ultimate patience and discipline. Pujara capitalised on the loose deliveries bowled by the spinners Herath and Kaushal. Pujara too had his odd struggles in his innings, but one needs the luck to survive in that tricky wicket.

On the stroke of lunch, Rohit Sharma lost his wicket lunging forward to a 5th stump line delivery which caught the edge and was caught by Tharanga in the first slip. Dhammika Prasad got the reward for bowling tight line and length.

Lots of pressure has been put on the Indian side and Pujara should stick in and put a big partnership with Naman Ojha and the tail. 

India went on to Tea at 220/7 with Pujara and Amit Mishra well settled at the crease. Post lunch session Stuart Binny was the first one to depart in the very first delivery after lunch. Lack of footwork from Binny was his undoing as the delivery from Dhammika Prasad trapped him in the pads and went on to hit the middle and off stump. Naman Ojha who looked good in the crease thrown his wicket away after his promising 21.

Looking to clear the boundary Ojha mistimed an off-spinning delivery from Tharindu Kaushal. Ashwin’s poor run with the bat continues as his stay in the crease was very short. Ashwin poked at an outside off delivery which he could have easily left. Wicket Kepper Perera did the rest of the duties as Ashwin departed for 5. Later Pujara and Mishra steadied the ship for India and saw the team going past 200.

Pujara brought up an excellent century under tough conditions where rest of the batsman struggled. This is Pujara’s 7th Test century and his second outside home

Brief scores: India 1st innings: 220/7 ( Pujara 101*, Dhammika Prasad 4-65)


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