SL Vs IND, 2017: Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav Stars As India Flatten Hosts On Day Two
At the end of Day Two of the third and final Test at Kandy, the hosts Sri Lanka are being left to gasp for a survival following the collapse, as the hosts have a mountain to climb in the second innings after posting 19 for one in 13 overs which saw players and umpires trudging off the ground when stumps were drawn.
In first innings, Virat Kohli-led India has further tightened the grip in the ongoing match — to rattle the Lions in their own den after being bundled out on 135 runs in 37.4 overs
In 11th over, on the bowling of Umesh Yadav, Upul Tharanga dragged the ball onto the stumps when Sri Lanka was 15 in 10.4 overs.
Before India enforced the follow-on, the left-arm slow bowler Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball, as he was the pick of the bowlers after bagging four wickets in 13 overs after conceding 40 runs.
When the hosts were asked to bat again they were at the deficit of 352 runs after being put to the sword.
The right-arm seam bolwer Mohammed Shami and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed two wickets each and medium-pacer Hardik Pandya walked out with a wicket.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya played a spectacular innings while coming at No. 8 to register his maiden hundred, before Shami struck with the new-ball to push the Lankans on back foot at Pallekele on the very second day of the Test.
India posted 487 on the board in 122.3 overs in their first innings following the overnight score of 329 for six.
Yet again, the hosts faltered with the bat, as they lost wickets at regular intervals as they seemed to go nowhere in the first innings.
The flop show from the batters had made things more miserable for the Lanka which was followed by comedy of errors that resulted in a run out of Kusal Mendis (18 off 19 balls) when Kuldeep Yadav showed brilliance in the field to hit the bulls eye.
Skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was the top scorer for his side was caught by KL Rahul at leg gully on the bowling of Ashwin.
The right-handed batsman scored 48 off 87 deliveries, as his knock included six boundaries.
Angelo Mathews (0 off 3) was trapped in front of the stumps, as the Hardik Pandya’s ball kept low and hit below the knee roll of an experienced campaigner.
Wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav on a Wrong’Un, as the ball pitched and then bounced as the rest of the work was down by gloveman Saha to find Dickwella short of his batting crease.
The 24-year-old batsman Dickwella scored 29 off 31 balls after smashing four boundaries.
Dilruwan Perera was dismissed on nought off four balls after playing a half-tracker from Yadav straight into the hands of Pandya, who was patrolling the deep mid-wicket fence.
Malinda Pushpakumara was cleaned up by Yadav after facing 27 balls to score 10 on the board, followed by Vishwa Fernando as the ball of a wrist-spinner has gone through his bat and pad.
Lakshan Sandakan was the last man to go after being caught by Shikhar Dhawan at leg gully region, as he scored 24-ball 10.
At the score of 14, Sri Lanka lost first wicket when left-handed Upul Tharanga nicked the ball straight into the gloves of Wriddhiman Saha.
However, Tharanga discussed with his partner, as he opted for a review as replays clearly suggested an edge.
Tharanga was dismissed on run-a-ball five. On the other side, Dimuth Karunaratne was the second man to go in a similar fashion like Tharanga, after scoring 4 off 15 deliveries at the Lanka’s score of 23 in 4.3 overs to see Saha taking a regulation catch.
For India in first innings, Pandya’s blitzkreig made India to reach formidable total.
Pandya was caught by Dilruwan Perera on the bowling of left-armer Lakshan Sandakan after scoring 96-ball 108, as his knock comprised of eight boundaries and seven sixes.
On the other side, Saha was dismissed on 16 off 43 deliveries by left-arm bowler Vishwa Fernando when he was caught by Dilruwan Perera, as the seventh wicket added 10 to the overnight total of 329.
The left-handed Kuldeep Yadav scored 26 off 73 balls before being removed by Sandakan when Dickwella completed a regulation catch.
Shami, who is known for hitting the ball hard and long, was dismissed on 8 off 13 balls when he was caught and bowled by Sandakan, as Umesh Yadav remained unbeaten on 3 off 14 balls.
For Sri Lanka, Sandakan bagged a five-wicket haul after sending down 35.3 overs to give away 132 runs, as Pushpakumara settled with three wickets and Fernando two in 26 overs.
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