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  • 4:47 PM IST

    Vijay: “It was difficult comeback after injury. My recovery was just like how everyone else recovers. I like batting with Pujara. His batting style suits my tempo.”

    That’s all for today. Stay tuned for the live blog tomorrow.
  • 4:45 PM IST

    Another interesting fact from Umang

    “Most 50+ scores by Indian captains in a calendar year in international cricket:
    19 – VIRAT KOHLI, 2017*
    19 – Rahul Dravid, 2006
    17 – Sourav Ganguly, 2002″
  • 4:43 PM IST

    KP tweets, “Virat bats. I watch.”

  • 4:42 PM IST

    Final ball of the day. It’s a dot ball. Only a wicket fell on this day. India have scored 301. The lead has extended to 107. We have seen three two centuries — Vijay, Pujara and Perera. Kohli has come in and slammed another fifty. India have triumphed all sessions so far.

  • 4:36 PM IST

    Fifty for Virat Kohli. This is the 15th fifty of his Test career. His consistency and hunger continues to amaze all. His knock has also upped the momentum as the lead crosses hundred.

  • 4:20 PM IST

    Ok. So Dilruwan Perera has got to his 100. It has taken him 106 balls. Yes. He has conceded that many in 17.4 overs. He has leaked runs and India have feasted.

  • 4:15 PM IST

    Kohli whips it like Azhar would do. Brilliant wrist work. He gets a boundary. He has definitely upped the ante. He is the only international cricketer with an average in excess of fifty across formats. He looks set for another fifty. The question is if he will get it today?

  • 4:01 PM IST

    100 for Pujara! He is surely unstoppable in this format. Game after game, innings after innings, he does not fails to impress as he smashed his 14 Test century. Now can he get another double here?

  • 3:30 PM IST

    After Vijay’s exhibition, it is now Kohli’s turn to exhibit the strength of his bottom hand. This time he smacks Herath through cover for a boundary. A cover drive but strong use of bottom hands.

  • 3:10 PM IST

    Umang Pabari: “Cheteshwar Pujara becomes the first Indian player to score 1,000 runs in Tests in 2017.”

  • 3:08 PM IST

    Vijay is approaching 130s. Pujara is in his 80s. India’s lead has crossed 10. And well, Vijay departs as I type this. He goes for 128. He goes for a sweep and plays it straight to the short fine-leg. He will be disappointed with that shot. He should have capitalised on the start. Finally it’s Dilruwan who gets his catch.

    The dismissal is followed by cheers. It’s King Kohli coming out to bat.

    OUT! Murali Vijay c Dilruwan Perera b Rangana Herath 128 (221)
  • 2:45 PM IST

    Vijay goes for a full bloodied sweep and it strikes Sadeera Samarawickrama on the ribs. Short-leg fielding is never easy. That has hurt. It’s not a good day too. Three years back, on this day, Phillip Hughes was struck on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott. He passed away two days later. Hope this is a minor injury.

  • 2:41 PM IST
    India making it easy out there. Here’s an interesting list from Umang Pabari:

    Most century stands for the 2nd wicket among Indian pairs in Tests

    9 – CHETESHWAR PUJARA/MURALI VIJAY*

    8 – M Amarnath/S Gavaskar
    8 – R Dravid/V Sehwag
  • 2:37 PM IST

    Most centuries by Indian openers in Tests:

    33 – Sunil Gavaskar
    22 – Virender Sehwag
    10 – Murali Vijay
    9 – Gautam Gambhir
    8 – Navjot Sidhu
  • 2:14 PM IST

    It has been Vijay’s day. Vijay’s session. Calm, composed and classy. Vijay along with his partner in crime Pujara have dominated another session. India now trail by just 20 runs. The innings run-rate is still under three and that is what India will address in the final session. We will come back from tea soon.

  • 1:53 PM IST

    It was at the same venue where Vijay had made his debut, nine years back…

  • 1:50 PM IST

    What a comeback! Vijay slams his 10th Test hundred. Coming in after a wrist injury, it is never easy for a wristy player to make an impact. Vijay comes back from where he had left. Brilliant, composed and alluring knock. He survives the next ball. Goes for an inside-out heave, gets an inside edge and it misses the stumps.

  • 1:36 PM IST

    Sri Lankan miseries continue. Now they have lost out on a review. Vijay missed out on playing a cut, straight to Dickwella’s gloves. Sri Lanka went for the review and well, there was no bat. Was it a review out of desperation? Guess so.

  • 1:28 PM IST

    Wide of Vijay’s off-stump, the batsman has plenty of time to latch onto the opportunity. He cuts it away for a boundary. That’s 150 for India and Vijay moves into the 90s.

  • 1:19 PM IST

    It’s now Pujara’s turn to raise the bat. He slams his 17th Test fifty. India may want to up the run rate now. They have scored at just over 2.5. With a lot of batting to come, will this duo now play some entertaining cricket? Sri Lanka have missed three opportunities. A run out and two catches.

  • 1:02 PM IST

    Finally, the first six of the match. If Herath thought Dhawan was gone. Now here is Vijay. Steps down the wicket and plays it inside out over wide long-on for a six. ‘Terrific shot!’ exclaims Matthew Hayden.

  • 12:49 PM IST

    Vijay slashes at a short and wide ball for three. That’s the 100-run stand between the two. The tenth hundred stand of their career. Pujara then punches one through the point region for another boundary. Runs once again flowing for India. Another session dominated by the hosts so far.

  • 12:36 PM IST

    Dropped! Chandimal employs a short mid-on fielder to keep Vijay quiet. Vijay plays an uppish on-drive and Perera leaps and gets his hand onto it, drops it and falls over Pujara.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    Shot of the day for me. Stand and deliver. Gorgeous. That was up but doesn’t mind, no body would have caught that. It wasn’t that full from Gamage. Vijay drives it in full flow intersecting the bowler and mid-on for a boundary. That shot had authority written over it. That brings up the hundred for India.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    India have begun cautiously after lunch. Meanwhile, here’s an interesting info by Mohandas Menon.

    Quickest to 150 Test wickets by left armers:
    32 – Ravidra Jadeja
    34 – Mitchell Johnson
    35 – Bill Johnston
    37 – Alan Davidson/Mitchell Starc
  • 11:41 AM IST
    Meanwhile, at the Gabba, Smith’s brilliant century has ensured Australia a 26-run lead. This is one of the finest knocks played in recent times. Here’s the fewest Test innings to reach 21st Test century.

    56 – Don Bradman
    98 – Sunil Gavaskar
    105 – Steve Smith
    110 – Sachin Tendulkar
    120 – Mohd Yousuf

  • 11:39 AM IST

    Lunch on Day 2: Another session dominated by India. Vijay and Pujara started off confidently before dropping the shutters to Herath. However, India recovered well to tighten the screws. Pujara and Vijay love to bat together, don’t they? They have now amassed 2,621 runs at 70.83.

  • 11:11 AM IST

    Indians have found a liking for Dilruwan’s bowling. Pujara rocks back and slams one through off-side for a boundary. The off-spinner has now given away 20 from his 3 overs. Shanaka continues. Full and Vijay executes an attractive on-drive to bring up his 16th fifty in Test cricket. What a comeback!

  • 11:02 AM IST

    Beautiful use of feet by Pujara. Steps out to Dilruwan Perera and whips it past mid-on for a boundary. Another fifty partnership is up between Pujara and Vijay. The average has now got past 70. India continue to pile on miseries. Sri Lanka need wickets. And quickly. They almost got one there. Vijay trying to hit the off-spinner out of the part, skies one but it’s away from the running mid-off fielder. Everything running India’s way.

  • 10:33 AM IST

    Sri Lanka have tightened things up. India have just scored 10 runs in the last 10 overs. India, who looked positive at the start, crawled to 43 from 24 overs. Sri Lanka are awaiting for a special feat from Herath.

Image courtesy: AFP
Image courtesy: AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at Nagpur. I am Suvajit Mustafi, and will take you through the second day’s proceedings. It was a ‘green deceit’ on Day One. For all the talks of the grass in the surface, it turned out to be a relatively easier wicket to bat on. India went with three pacers at Eden Gardens but here they picked only two: local boy Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.

Ishant’s selection did raise eyebrows, but he responded with disciplined effort, eventually claiming three wickets. However, the day belonged to the Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who had been wicket-less in the series till Friday. Ashwin claimed four, while Jadeja bagged three to skittle out Sri Lanka for 205.

Sri Lanka started off slow and scored under two in the first session. The only serious resistance was provided by the partnership of Dimuth Karunaratne (51) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (57): they added 62 for the fourth wicket.

India triumphed the day comfortably, but Sri Lanka did have something to cheer about. Lahiru Gamage got the key wicket of KL Rahul towards the end of the day as the team took stumps with India at 11 for 1. Can Sri Lanka ruin India’s run-fest on Day Two?