Ashwin dismissed Thirimanne © AFP
Ashwin dismissed Thirimanne © AFP

Sri Lanka lost two of their top-order batsmen against India on Day One of the second Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Sri Lanka lost their first wicket early in the form of a young Samarawickrama (13) and their next just before lunch, giving India the edge in the first session of the day. India restricted the visitors at 47 for 2. Angelo Mathews (1*) and Dimuth Karunaratne (21*) are at the crease now.

Dinesh Chandimal elected to bat in the batting-friendly surface. Sadera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne opened for the visitors. Virat Kohli handed the ball to seasoned Ishant Sharma and introduced local boy Umesh Yadav from the other end. Samarawickrama took his side off the mark with a beautiful drive that ran for the ropes.

The pitch had patches of grass in places and Ishant kept on bowling in the right areas, alluring Samarawickrama to come out and play. He finally got him in the fifth over. Ishant baited the opener with one outside off-stump at good length, following a short delivery. Samarawickrama edged it to first slip where Cheteshwar Pujara took a low catch.

Live Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur: Gamage removes Rahul
Live Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur: Gamage removes Rahul

Kohli introduced spin early, with Ravichandran Ashwin in the 13th over. Ashwin got very little turn but kept the line and length tight. He produced a chance when Karunaratne slogged one mid-on, over Pujara’s head, who failed to bag a catch. A futile run-out chance was also produced the next delivery.

However, Ashwin soon got his first wicket of the series. Bowled around off, the ball turned in to kiss Thirimanne’s front pad and hit the stumps. This was the first wicket by any Indian spinner in the series.

Looking at Ashwin getting turn after a few overs, Kohli introduced Ravindra Jadeja. He produced a chance in his first over as he made Karunaratne come out of his crease and miss the line. Wriddhiman Saha pulled off the stumping fast, but Jadeja committed a no-ball and the Sri Lankan was saved.

India kept the visitors in check after they lost their first wicket. Conceding only 47 runs and bagging two wickets, India dominated the session without any doubt.

Brief scores

Sri Lanka 47 for 2 (Sadera Samarawickrama 13, Dimuth Karunaratne 21*; Ishant Sharma 1 for 19, Ravichandran Ashwin 1 for 10) against India.