Virat Kohli scored a half-century    Getty Images
Virat Kohli scored a half-century Getty Images

As skipper Virat Kohli scored half-century, India extended their lead to 59 runs against Sri Lanka Board President s XI at lunch on Day Two of the only practice match. At stumps on Day One, India were trailing by 52 runs with 135 for 3 on the board. Kohli, along with Ajinkya Rahane, helped India take lead. As India go for lunch with 246 for 5 on the board, Rohit Sharma (38) and ShikharDhawan (41) are unbeaten at the crease and will continue in the second session. Wriddhiman Saha: Dressing room atmosphere was never tense under Kumble

There was little sting in the Sri Lankan side s bowling in the first session of Day Two. Kohli and Rahane batted with ease as they built on their partnership to add 77 runs. Kohli scored his half-century and retired for 53. Rahane, too retired soon after, scoring 40 runs, to give their teammates a chance to bat on the pitch. However, the host bowlers had no respite. The next batters, Rohit and Dhawan batted aggressively. Both looked eager to score fast runs and played paced up knocks. While Rohit s 38* consisted of a four and 2 sixes, Dhawan hit 7 fours during his knock. The two look in very good sync and will continue the hammering in search of a good lead in the next session.

Though SLBP XI bowlers were successful on Day One with 3 wickets, they could not get a single one in the first session of Day Two. They will search for a change of fate post lunch, similar to what India had pulled off with Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav the previous day.

Earlier, India had bundled SLBP XI for a paltry 187 in the first innings, despite commendable performances from Danushka Gunathilaka and Lahiru Thirimanne. Kuldeep emerged as the most successful bowler with his 4-for, but it was Jadeja s 3-for that had triggered the collapse.

Brief scores:

SLBPXI 187 (Danushka Gunathilaka 74, Lahiru Thirimanne 59; Mohammed Shami 2 for 9, Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 31, Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 14) trail India 256 for 5 (KL Rahul 54, Virat Kohli 53, Ajinkya Rahane 40, Rohit Sharma 38*, Shikhar Dhawan 41*; Vishwa Fernando 2 for 37, Kasun Rajitha 1 for 64) by 59 runs.