Cheteshwar Pujara’s third consecutive test hundred against the Lankans has put India in control of the 2nd test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. At Stumps on Day 1, India were marching ahead at 334/3 with the two centurions, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara going strong.
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Despite a second innings half century in the first test, Abhinav Mukund had to make way for KL Rahul, who was fit for the second test. Rahul did not disappoint as he notched up his 8th test fifty, 6th in successive innings, making him the third Indian after Gundappa Vishwanath and Rahul Dravid. He was batting well on 57 before a miscommunication with Pujara made him take the long walk back.
The right-hander’s prolific season continued as he notched up yet another century! Pujara started off the innings on a slow note scoring at a strike rate under 30. He accelerated in the second and third sessions of the game and brought up his 13th test century. Playing his 50th test match, Pujara also completed 4,000 test runs in his 84th innings, joint second placed with Rahul Dravid after the 81 innings by Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar. At Stumps, Pujara was batting on 128, all set to take guard on Day 2.
And how good were these two! @ajinkyarahane88 & @cheteshwar1 continue their partnership inside the dressing room #TeamIndia #SLvIND
Virat Kohli failed to deliver in this innings, but Ajinkya Rahane did not disappoint. Joining Pujara in the middle, Rahane played a typical knock, calm, serene and classical. With beautiful strokes and some good use of the feet, Rahane completed his 9th test century. By the end of the day, Rahane was batting on an unbeaten 103, adding 211 for the fourth wicket along with Cheteshwar Pujara.
The Indian skipper was well setup by Rangana Herath. He was made to play tossed up deliveries for long before making one push through. Kohli tried to cut it, only ended up edging it to Matthews at first slip for just 13.
Indian Test capts dismissed on “unlucky 13” most times – 2 Gundappa Viswanath 1980 Sunil Gavaskar 1983 & 1984 Virat Kohli 2017 #SLvInd
Pradeep was Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler in the first test, scalping a 6-for in the first innings. He seemed dull today as the Indian batsmen played his with ease and faced no trouble at all. He bowled 17.4 overs in the day and went for more than 3.5 runs an over without a wicket.
Debutant Pushpakumara was expected to make a greater impact on the game but failed to do so. He bowled 19.2 overs and was taken for 82 runs without managing a single scalp. Pujara, in particular, seemed to read the left-armer with ease, scoring at will off him.