Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a 4-for © IANS
Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a 4-for © IANS

India bundled Sri Lanka for 205, and were on command before stumps of Day One of the second Test at Nagpur. Though India lost KL Rahul before stumps and finished on 11 for 1, they have a long batting line-up waiting to come out and bat. At the crease now are Murali Vijay (2*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2*).

Sri Lanka opted to bat on Friday and sent Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne to open the innings.  After starting with a good-looking cover drive, Samarawickrama quickly departed off Ishant Sharma, edging one at fourth stump to Pujara at slip.

Lahiru Thirimanne, the next man in, did not last long either. Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery turned and deflected off his pad to the stumps to bowl him before lunch. Sri Lanka went to lunch at 47 for 2. Ashwin picked up the first wicket by an Indian spinner in the series.

Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal keep Sri Lanka on course against India before tea, Day 1, Nagpur Test
Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal keep Sri Lanka on course against India before tea, Day 1, Nagpur Test

Sri Lanka lost Angelo Mathews shortly after lunch. The most crucial partnership of the innings was then created between Dinesh Chandimal and Karunaratne. They added 62 and helped Sri Lanka gain stability. Karunaratne finally fell to Ashwin for 51. Chandimal stuck around till tea along with Niroshan Dickwella. By that time Sri Lanka had crawled to 104 for 2.

India dominated throughout the final session. They bagged 6 wickets to end Sri Lanka’s innings. Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin ran through the lower order of the visitors and did not let any big partnership form. Within 20.1 overs of the start of final session, Sri Lanka were bundled for 205. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 67, while both Ishant and Jadeja picked up 3 wickets each.

India batted to lose Rahul early, off Lahiru Gamage. They are now trailing by 194 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 205 (Dimuth Karunaratne 51, Dinesh Chandimal 57, Niroshan Dickwella 24; Ishant Sharma 3 for 37, Ravichandran Ashwin 4 for 67, Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 56) lead India 11 for 1 (KL Rahul 7; Lahiru Gamage 1 for 4) by 194 runs.