My focus was on dominating Sri Lanka bowlers, says Rahane

Faith Castro
August 5, 2017

Sri Lanka welcomed back skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the Galle test with pneumonia, and effected three changes overall in their bid to level the three-match series against the top ranked Indian team.

Kusal Mendis (16 batting) and Dinesh Chandimal (8 batting) were at the crease when the umpires made a decision to call it a day.

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly hailed Cheteshwar Pujara for his scintillating century in his 50th Test match.

Pradeep left the field late on the first day after bowling 17 overs, complaining of a hamstring niggle and it was confirmed early on day two that he would not bowl for the rest of the Test but will bat.

For Sri Lanka, spinners Rangana Herath and Malinda Pushpakumara have taken two wickets each while Dimuth Karunaratne and Dilruwan Perera have bagged a wicket each.

After the lunch, India was in a good position, near the 450-run mark.

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India amassed 622 for nine before declaring their first innings and then returned to remove both the Sri Lankan openers to tighten their grip on the second test on Friday. Ravindra Jadeja added some quick runs and scored 70 before India declare their inning on 622/9.

Rangana Herath accounted for the unsafe India skipper Kohli by pushing one through after a number of flighted deliveries, the thick edge was taken by Angelo Mathews at first slip on the second grab leaving India 133/3.

Saha was batting comfortably but was stumped when he stepped out to a flighted delivery from Herath.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Saha was stumped off Herath, who finished with figures of 4-154 after also ending a cameo from Mohammed Shami, but not before the paceman had struck him over the ropes twice. Umesh Yadav remained unbeaten on 8 as India crossed the 600-mark in the 156th over. Jadeja played his part in India's plans, helping accelerate the rate of scoring with Saha as India put on a 109 runs in before tea.

Rahul fell on 57 after a awful mix-up with Pujara and was soon joined by Kohli in the pavilion as India slumped to 133-3.

Sri Lanka started their inning very badly as they lose their first wicket too early.

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